San Jose City College plates winning run in the bottom of the
eighth inning to take 5-4 win over the Rams

The Gavilan Rams softball team nearly avenged a previous loss to San Jose City College on Tuesday, but fell in the bottom of the eighth after a fielding error plated the winning run.

The Rams lost in extras 5-4.

“It was a great game. It was one of our best all year,” manager Nikki Dequin said. “We were in it all the way around.”

Gavilan, which had previously lost to SJCC 5-0 on Feb. 26, were without their starting shortstop and first baseman for the game, but Dequin said her squad “stepped it up a notch.”

“SJCC is one of the top teams in the state and we battled them,” she said. “They played hard. If they made an error, they came right back.”

Danielle Hernandez pitched the whole game, and allowed five runs on 10 hits. Only one of those runs was earned, however, as the Rams committed three errors in the game.

Hernandez also had a pair of walks and two strikeouts.

Gavilan didn’t get on the scoreboard until the top of the fifth inning when they cut SJCC’s lead in half by a 2-1 margin.

With both teams knotted at 4-4, the Rams got two outs in the bottom of the eighth before a single by SJCC put a runner on. After a hit into right field, a fielding error was committed by Gavilan and the runner scored from first base for the win.

Alicia Reece went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, and provided the only multi-hit game for the Rams.

Gavilan is now 5-6 in the Coast Conference – South, 21-13 overall.

The Rams will host De Anza College on Thursday at 3 p.m., in Gilroy.

GAV 000 012 10 – 4 6 3

SJCC 002 010 11 – 5 10 3

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