WALNUT, Calif. - Vicky Gutierrez's three-run home run in the sixth lifted Mt. San Antonio College over Palomar College 5-4, to earn its first CCCAA State Softball Title since 2009.
After the Comet took a 4-2 advantage in the fifth, Gutierrez blasted the game-winning long ball to left to give the Mounties the lead for good at 5-4.
Jessica Olvera entered the circle in the top of the sixth and after a pair of singles sat down the final six outs to second the victory. Olvera (10-1) would earn the win.
It's the fifth State Championship for the Mounties in their program's history, and the first under Rojas.
Sarah Fisher took the fourth pitch of the game and sent it over the leftfield fence for a 1-0 Palomar lead. Amanda Esquivel evened the contest at 1-1 with a RBI single in the third.
Michelle Santiago lifted a fly ball to left that was deep enough for Caitlyn Felina to score from third and give the Mounties their first lead of the day 2-1
The Comets regained the lead, 4-2, thanks to Alicia Garcia's three-run home run to left.
Santiago, would finish 1-for-1 with a run and an RBI, earning State Tournament Most Valuable Player honors. Felina would finish 2-for-2 with a run, and Gutierrez was 1-for-3 with the three-run blast.
For Palomar, Fisher finished the weekend with the highest batting average of any player after going 3-for-4 with a pair of runs and an RBI. Kyle Pignone would go 2-for-3, and Allie Hughen was 2-for-2, as all three were named All-Tournament selections.
- Courtesy of CCCAA