ROCKVILLE — The Solano Community College softball team opened its season in comeback fashion.
Trailing 5-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning on Tuesday, the Falcons rallied for three runs and their relief pitcher made it stand up in the seventh for a 7-5 win over College of San Mateo.
The Bulldogs came into Tuesday’s contest with a 4-0 record and ranked No. 2 in Northern California.
“This was a great comeback, a great team pitching effort,” SCC coach Terri Pearson-Bloom said. “We started with Amber Takeda (pitching), she did an awesome job. Their No. 4 batter already has four home runs on the season and she hit ground ball after ground ball today. Amber did a great job containing her. That’s what she’s supposed to do, and let her defense play behind her.
“In the later innings, she got a little tired. A girl hit a home run. So we went to another kid in our bullpen, Shannon Mestas, who did a great job. We know she’s a great pitcher and together they were as great combination, very effective.”
Trailing by a run in the bottom of the sixth, Mestas led off with a triple and Emily Goode followed with a walk. Haley Wink then drove the first pitch she saw to center field to plate Mestas and tie the game, with Goode ending up at third.
Victoria Faleafine then hit a slow roller to first, where San Mateo’s first baseman tagged the bag. Goode broke for home on the play and dived under the tag of the Bulldogs’ catcher for the go-ahead run. Wink then scored the game’s final run on and RBI groundout by Takeda.
Mestas shut down the Bulldogs in the seventh, allowing just a walk in between a fly out, a line out and a game-ending strikeout.
Britney Taglieri finished 2 for 4 for the Falcons, while Mestas was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Stefanie Chainurux was 1 for 3 with two RBIs, Wink was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and Faleafine was 1 for 3 with a run driven in.
Pearson-Bloom liked the way her team opened its season with a quality comeback, but knows the season is young and there is still work to be done.
“To beat a great team is outstanding,” the coach said. “We want to win every game, but when you beat a top team like that . . . they went to state last year, it’s just an awesome win, and it shows us what we’re capable of.
“This makes nobody unbeatable. There’s no opponent out here that we shouldn’t beat. (The players) have to know that. They have to know that they’re confident and know the things they have to work on. There were a lot of opportunities. We could have slammed the door in the first inning and put seven, eight, nine (runs) on them. We let them back in the game. We have to get a little bit better there. Defensively, we missed a few plays, but we made a lot of good plays too, though. That was opening-day jitters. That will get better.”
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