DVC Softball suffers a crushing defeat

Gabriel Agurcia

DVC was dominated by Big 8 Conference foe Sacramento City, losing 18-0 on Friday, April 19.

Sacramento City hit the ground running. With one out and runners on second and third, an error by second baseman Jennifer Quigley and an RBI single gave Sacramento City a 2-0 lead. Following the RBI single, another single loaded the bases, followed by starting pitcher Jennier Shue walking in a run. DVC eventually escaped the inning, but the damage was done with Sacramento City leading 3-0.

Sacramento City led off the third inning with a home run, and another solo shot with two outs made it 5-0. DVC got its first base runner in the bottom half of the inning when right fielder Kristin Gorgen walked, but unfortunately for the Vikings nothing came of it.

Sacramento City tacked on another run in the fourth on an RBI double. The Vikings put together their only rally of the game in the bottom half. Shue led off with a walk and advanced to second on catcher Rachel Wong’s sac bunt. A groundout by first baseman Victoria Frazer moved Shue to third, where she was eventually stranded.

Both teams were quiet offensively in the fifth. However, the game got completely out of hand in the sixth.

Sacramento City posted 12 runs in the sixth, highlighted by a two-run and three-run home run. After DVC finally got out of the top half, the game was called after they went down one-two-three in the bottom half.

“We didn’t hit at all,” said Quigley. “We just weren’t making adjustments really.”

Third baseman Katie Crippen elaborated on that point. “We’re not getting the bat on the ball. We’ve not seen pitches all year very well,” she said. “We just got to learn to pick the pitch up earlier and jump on it, and not be so picky.”

DVC’s next and final home game is on Tuesday, April 23 versus Santa Rosa Junior College.