By Andrew Wheeler
Citrus College Sports Information Coordinator
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Cypress College Softball program made history on Sunday afternoon, by becoming the first ever team in CCCAA history to complete an undefeated season at 48-0. The Chargers' Emma Walker scored the game winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning in wild fashion, when she scored from second base on a 2-3 groundout, in Cypress' 1-0 win over Mt. San Antonio College.
"I knew there weren't going to be a lot of opportunities, and it was just going to be whoever came up with the clutch play," said Cypress College Head Coach Brad Pickler. "After we got out of a couple of jams late in the game, it was just going to take something like what happened, where someone had to clutch up."
What happened was that sophomore Emma Walker got on board in the bottom of the seventh with a one-out single to right field. Freshman pitcher Destiny Vasquez followed that up with a walk, which brought freshman Val Romano to the dish. Facing a 2-1 count, Romano topped a pitch by Mountie hurler Tiffany Kennedy-Cummings.
The ball dribbled five feet up the first base line, before Mt. SAC catcher Taylor Jaurique could reach it and throw Romano out at first base. Unbeknownst to the Mountie defense though was that Walker, who had reach third by the time Jaurique reached the ball, saw that home plate was open and broke for home, scoring the game winning run on the groundout.
"I saw no one covering home, and I just went," Walker said. "The catcher was up the line, the pitcher wasn't paying attention to me, and I just saw the opportunity and took it."
"I wasn't wheeling on that play," Pickler said. "She picked it up pretty much on her own. I saw her come around third and I just yelled go. She never slowed down."
All the excitement was left until the end thanks to the play of pitchers. Cypress' Destiny Vasquez (29-0) picked up her third win of the weekend after surrendering just three hits, two walks, and fanning five batters. Kennedy-Cummings (18-3) was every much her equal, going 6.2 innings, giving up two hits, two walks, and striking out 11 Charger batters.
"Kennedy-Cummings, was dealing, and so was Lulu [Vasquez]," said Pickler. "They both pitched unbelievable games."
The win, marks the ninth overall state championship for the Chargers under Pickler. As previously mentioned they also will go down in history as the only team to finish the year with an unblemished mark.
"The 48-0 is a real special thing," Pickler said. "Our college president said, 'no one's going to beat it' and he was right. No one else can claim this, they're the first team to do it."
"We just never gave up. We we're always in every game," Walker said. "We stayed humble, and we always stayed together as a team. We needed every single person on that roster, and it's just an incredible team and an incredible feeling to get to share with them."
|Most Valuable Player||Nicole Wise||Cypress College||SO||LF|
|Most Valuable Pitcher||Destiny Vasquez||Cypress College||FR||P|
|Best Hitter||Nicole Wise||Cypress College||SO||LF|
|Gold Glove||Sydney McCollum||Cypress College||FR||SS|
|Pitchers (3)||Tiffany Kennedy-Cummings||Mt. San Antonio College||SO||P|
|Racqual Espinoza||Mt. San Antonio College||SO||P|
|Destiny Vasquez||Cypress College||FR||P|
|Infielders (4)||Kaylee Buhrkuhl||San Joaquin Delta College||SO||SS|
|Meagen Wells||College of San Mateo||SO||SS|
|Samantha Dean||College of San Mateo||SO||2B|
|Sydney McCollum||Cypress College||FR||SS|
|Wild Cards (2)||Jenny Vasquez||Cypress College||SO||2B|
|Kayla Sok||Mt. San Antonio College||SO||SS|
|Catchers (2)||Allie Stines||College of San Mateo||FR||C|
|Taylor Jaurique||Mt. San Antonio College||SO||C|
|Outfieders (4)||Gaby Zuchiatti||College of San Mateo||FR||RF|
|Melanie Okazaki||Cypress College||SO||CF|
|Nicole Wise||Cypress College||SO||LF|
|Emma Walker||Cypress College||SO||RF|
|First Baseman (1)||Toni Mendoza||Mt. San Antonio College||SO||1B|
|Utility (1)||Haily Kaufmann||San Joaquin Delta College||SO||DP