Softball: Sagehens Drop Two To Streaky Poets

Liz Rodarte
Liz Rodarte

WHITTIER, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Softball Team took some unfortunate doubleheader losses on the road against a resilient Whittier College team, losing the first game 6-4 and dropping the second game 10-9. Despite the hot bat of Izzy Deatherage who went a perfect 7-for-7 overall with five RBIs, the Sagehens could not hold off the streaky Poets offense.

Season Impact: The Sagehens drop to a 25-11 record overall and are 16-8 in the SCIAC

Whittier def. Pomona-Pitzer 6-4

The Sagehens were usurped by a huge fifth inning from the Poets in the first game of the doubleheader as they fell 6-2. Izzy Deatherage had a superb performance at the plate, hitting 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs, but it was not enough to overcome the hot-hitting Poets.

Deatherage got the Hens on board first in the second inning, launching a solo shot to take a 1-0 lead.

However, the Poets responded in the fourth inning when Alli Fonseca crushed a three-run home run to take a 3-1 lead.

The Sagehens cut the deficit within one when Deatherage laced a two-out RBI single in the top of the fifth inning to score Julia Maya. Unfortunately, the Poets padded their lead in the bottom of the same inning with a two-run rally to make it 5-2.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Poets added an insurance run, courtesy of a solo home run by Hayley Wishner.

Liz Rodarte tried to muster a rally for the Sagehens, crushing a two-run home run in the final inning to right center to cut the Poets' lead 6-4, but that was all the offense could muster as the Poets held on for the victory.

Whittier def. Pomona-Pitzer 10-9

Determined to even out the road trip, the Sagehens' offense came out roaring in game two. Deatherage went 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs while Liz Rodarte went 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI.

The Sagehens wasted little time to build a big lead, as Deatherage crushed a three-run home run in the top of the first inning. In the second inning, an RBI groundout by Julia Maya followed by an RBI single from Liz Rodarte helped the Hens build a comfortable 5-0 lead.

At the top of the fourth inning, with runners on second and third, Olivia Campion laced a two-run single to pad the lead. Natalie Ireland followed with a two-run home run to give the Hens a 9-0 lead.

Unfortunately, the Poets refused to give up and broke out with a huge nine-run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game. Later in the bottom of the sixth, the Poets converted an RBI single to take the lead. They held on for the comeback victory.

Up Next: The Sagehens will head across the street to take on the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas on Friday, April 27 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.