(Bakersfield, CA) After a one-day delay due to an unusual May rain storm, the California Community College Athletic Association State Softball Championships finally got underway and Mt. SAC provided the thunder with two solo home runs to edged No. 4 North Seed Sacramento City College, 2-1 at Bakersfield College Friday evening (5/17).
With the score tied, 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, freshman shortstop Quinn De Avila provided the go-ahead run with a no-doubter over the left field fence for the 2-1 lead.
Mt. SAC pitcher Briana Wheeler (25-1), with the tying run on third, struck out the Sac City (33-10) batter for the third out to preserve the come-from-behind win. Wheeler retired 10 of 11 Sac City batters before the seventh inning.
With the win, the Mounties improved to the second-best record in the state with a 41-5 standing.
The No. 1 South Seed Mounties, aiming to win their sixth state title in program history, advance to the quarterfinals of the eight-team tournament and will play Palomar who beat San Jose City tonight, 11-3 tomorrow at 11:30 am.
"Honestly, I was just focusing on getting on top of the ball and driving something," De Avila said. "I wasn't trying to go for a home run, but it worked out that way. I just wanted to be able to produce for my team."
De Avila was 2 for 3 in the game, along with sophomore center fielder Ally Longtree (3 for 3, SB), who connected with a solo home run in the fifth inning to tie the game, 1-1.
"Quinn had a (heck) of a day offensively and defensively and we're extremely happy for her," Mt. SAC coach Ruby Rojas said. "One down and let's move on to the next one."
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