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Gavilan softball gets No. 14 seed, plays College of the Sequoias
on Saturday.
GILROY – Though an April 15 loss to Cabrillo threw a wrench into the Gavilan College women’s softball team’s progress toward a Coast Conference South championship, the Lady Rams finished in second place and are poised to make a run in the 2010 Northern California Community College Regional playoffs.

Gavilan, the No. 14 seed, will travel to Visalia on Saturday for the start of a best-of-3 series with the No. 3-seeded College of the Sequoias in the first-round of the playoffs.

“I’m very happy with it,” Gavilan manager Nikki Dequin said of the pairing with the Giants. “I think it will be a good matchup because of the way we played them earlier in the season. We are playing a lot better than we were back then.”

The two teams converged for a doubleheader back in February in Gilroy. The Lady Rams (25-12) dropped both encounters, but took the Giants into the 12th inning before losing Game 1 7-5. COS (34-6) won the second game 5-1.

4 Lady Rams earn First-Team All-conference

Jasmine Perez, who was also named to the All-Northern California team, highlights a list of four Lady Rams recognized with First-Team All-Coast Conference selections.

Perez, the Lady Rams leadoff hitter, posted a .439 batting average, 16 runs and 25 hits in 16 conference games this season. The freshman Gilroy High graduate compiled an overall average of .434 in 36 games, scoring 31 runs and pounding out 51 hits as the catalyst at the top of Dequin’s lineup.

The distinguished joining Perez are, pitcher Melinda Ortiz, catcher Amanda Ross and pitcher/first baseman Nikki Lobato.

Ortiz went 5-2 in conference with 41 strikeouts in 43.2 innings of work with a microscopic earned run average of .80.

Jen Huebner and Cristy Pineda earned season-team selections, and Emily Castro received honorable mention.

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