NORWALK — Needing to win two games May 10 to keep its season alive, the Cerritos College softball team won one game in dramatic fashion, only to suffer a heart-breaking loss in the next to end their year.
Competing in the Southern California Super Regional at Palomar College, the Falcons (26-19) fought back from 3-0 and 5-4 deficits to pull out an 8-6 win over Citrus College in eight innings. With only 30 minutes between games, the team came right back to take on El Camino College in another elimination game.
Cerritos led 7-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, but saw the Warriors score six times to post an 8-7 decision and end the year for the Falcons.
Against Citrus, the Falcons scored once in the fourth inning and then took a 4-3 lead on a three-run home run by sophomore catcher Krystal Purkey in the fifth inning. With two outs and freshman shortstopJenny Collazo (Paramount High) on second base after a double, freshman outfielderJasmine Javier reached base on an error by Owls third baseman Erinn Jaramillo. Purkey then blasted her home run off Anissa Gallegos to take the lead.
Citrus regained the lead with two runs in the bottom of the inning, but freshman designated hitter Raquel Norzagary (Pioneer High) kept the season alive with a two-out run-scoring single that scored freshman pinch-runner Cheyann Samuelson in the seventh inning. In the top of the eighth inning, sophomore outfielder Joanna Perruccio singled to lead off the inning and then scored on a double by sophomore first baseman Crystal Cano. Collazo gave the team an 8-5 lead with a two-run double. Citrus scored once in the bottom of the eighth inning, but sophomore pitcher Ana Pedroza recorded the final out to send the Falcons to a game with South Coast Conference foe El Camino.