ROCKVILLE — The Solano Community College softball team is looking for a little revenge.
The Falcons (38-2) host a Northern California super regionals this weekend, with the winner advancing to the state tournament next week.
Solano, the No. 2 overall NorCal seed, opens the four-team tournament at 2 p.m., Friday, against No. 7 Fresno City College, a team that handed the Falcons one of their two losses this season.
Third-seeded Sierra College of Rocklin plays the second game of the day, facing No. 6 Santa Rosa Junior College at 4 p.m.
As SCC coach Terri Pearson-Bloom knows, the earlier 7-4 defeat (in a Fresno tournament), seems like seasons ago – the Falcons have won 31 straight – and is in the past. Both teams have matured.
“When we played them first time was in a tournament, we were banged up and tired,” Pearson-Bloom said. “We made a lot of mistakes. This team has improved a lot since then, and Fresno probably has, too. The kids want the opportunity to prove themselves and beat them, and we are in a position to do that.”
Falcons starting pitcher Shannon Mestas also struggled in the game, giving up six earned runs in her only loss of the season. She’s only given up 13 earned runs in 28 games since.
“She’s improved a ton,” the coach said. “She started (the season) off slow. She was injured. It took her a little while to get back in the groove of things. She has proved herself as one of top pitchers in the California community college system. She’s a different Shannon now.”
After last weekend’s sweep of Butte College of Oroville, Pearson-Bloom said her team had a great week of preparation.
“It was a great week of training,” she said. “We worked on some things that we could improve on since (last weekend). We worked on those things in practice. We want everybody confident, healthy and ready to go.”
The coach knows what it’s going to take to get past the opener and all the way through the Super Regionals.
“I think we’re going to have to play really a clean, mistake-free game,” she said. “That’ll be the key. We need to play great defense and not make mistakes. Then make it happen on offense.”
The Super Regional continues Saturday with games at noon and 2 p.m., with a third game scheduled to start at 4 p.m. Sunday’s championship game is set for noon, with a second game, if necessary, scheduled for 2 p.m.
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