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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Softball team ended their 2019 regular season Saturday picking up their biggest sweep on the season upsetting No. 11 Claremont-M-S 5-4 & 5-4 capping off a stellar Senior Day.
Head Coach Trisha Senyo recognized her four seniors prior to the games, which included Kacey Whitney (Cypress, Calif.), Brittany Attaway (Claremont, Calif.), Natalia Sanchez (Chino Hills, Calif.) and Megan Heal (San Jose, Calif.). With the wins the Purple & Gold end the season 19-17-1, 16-12 SCIAC and have secured a spot in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Post Season Tournament as the No. 4 seed.
Whittier has been red-hot in the month of April posting a 9-3 mark, with those nine wins coming in their last ten games. The Poets have now earned a berth into the SCIAC Post Season Tournament for the ninth time in the past ten years.
Game 1 (W, 5-4)
It was a rough start for sophomore Amanda Melodia (Placentia, Calif.) who gave up four runs in the top half of the first giving CMS an early lead. She was relieved after the 2nd Inning by Jannelle Ha (Arcadia, Calif.) who threw the final 5.0 innings scoreless, while stranding five hits. She picked up the win, her second on the season.
Whittier found their offense in the 5th getting after Athena ace Chloe Amarilla for three runs on two hits. Emily Facio (Chino, Calif.) started the inning off with a walk and then moved up to second after a Whitney single through the right side. Attaway then loaded the bases with a walk, which then led to a clutch single by Jade Sanchez (Whittier, Calif.) to right center that cleared the bases making it a one-run game.
In the 7th, the Poets tacked on the game-tying run with Whitney singling to right center and then moving into scoring position after an Attaway walk. Sanchez loaded the bases with a walk and that then led to Naomi Martinez (Marina Del Rey, Calif.) driving in one with a sacrifice fly in front of a pinch-hit walk-off hit by Ashlei Sanchez (San Dimas, Calif.).
Whitney had a multi-hit game going 2-for-3 scoring twice. Sanchez was 1-for-3 driving in three and MaGee was 1-for-4.
Game 2 (W, 5-4 – 9-Innings)
Whittier needed extras to beat the Athenas in Game 2. They held a lead 4-2 but gave it up in the top half of the 7th as CMS rallied to tie things up. Attaway put WC on top in the bottom half of the 1st with a two-run shot. The very next inning Sanchez followed with a solo shot that kept it a two-run game. With the game tied at 2-2 in the 6th, Whittier went back on top again this time with Sanchez driving in Whitney.
But in the 7th, CMS rallied after two quick outs that started the inning. Perley singled to right center and was followed by base hits from Fox, Amarilla, Spaniac, and Perron.
This forced extras and after a scoreless 8th, Whittier was finally able to convert in the 9th with two outs thanks to Sanchez doubling to right center that scored Attaway who drew an earlier walk.
Alexis Vargas (Pomona, Calif.) got the start and went 6.2 Innings giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits as she collected her biggest win on the season.
Sanchez finished 2-for-3 scoring once and driving in two. Attaway was 1-for-3 scoring twice and driving in two, while walking twice. MaGee was 2-for-5 and Whitney was 1-for-5 with a run scored.
Whittier will face-off with Claremont-M-S again this Friday, May 3 as they start the SCIAC Post Season Tournament, which is hosted by Claremont-M-S. Game time yet to be determined.