Wright posted a pair of strong outings at the plate,
although the Griffins were eliminated during the Super
Regionals of the CCCAA Women's Fastpitch State Championships
Against host Cerritos College, Wright went a perfect
4-for-4 at the plate against the top-ranked team in
California. In Game Two, the transfer from Chabot College
slugged a home run against defending state champion
Mt. San Antonio, the team which eventually captured
the double-elimination event to qualify for the State
Final Four in Bakersfield.
"Britt sat on that first pitch and drove it for
the home run," said Grossmont assistant coach ANA
LANDEROS. "She's the one who hit consistently for
us all tournament, whether it was putting down the bunt
against Cerritos, or hitting it out against Mt. SAC."
"Plus, she did it in front of her parents, who
drove all the way down from the East Bay (Castro Valley
is located between Oakland and Hayward) to see her play."
Wright finished in a tie with Grffins teammate MELANIE
GOFF as the third-leading hitter in the PCAC this season
with a .424 batting average.
Wright became the fifth Griffins ballplayer to earn
the weekly PCAC award -- the most of any school. The
others were Goff (Feb. 14), ANGELA LOVELADY (Mar. 14),
CAITLIN AIMALEFOA (Apr. 11) and KYLEE WILSON (May 2).
The Griffins finished with an overall 29-9 record after
falling to defending state champion Mt. San Antonio,
5-2, in Saturday's (May 8) challenger bracket semifinal
at Cerritos College's Nancy Kelly Field.
Grossmont mustered just three hits off Mounties pitcher
Carissa Bronson, but made them count.
Trailing 2-0 in the 4th inning, ANGELA LOVELADY singled,
scoring on a double to the left-field wall by CAITLIN
Mt. SAC (33-11) answered with three runs in the 5th, the
first two on a home run by first baseman Christie Nieto.
Meanwhile, Grossmont could only counter when center fielder
BRITT WRIGHT hammered a solo homer in the 6th.
Later on in the afternoon, Mt. San Antonio advanced
to the Super Regional's final round after upending host
Cerritos, 6-5, as the Falcons lost two home games on
Saturday after going 21-0 on their turf during the season.
Mt. SAC will need to defeat undefeated Fullerton twice
to advance to the state finals in Bakersfield. The
other south bracket finds undefeated Cypress needing
to win one of two games against visiting Saddleback.
After BRITT WRIGHT bunt singled to open Friday's (May
7) Super Regional opener, KYLEE WILSON drove a deep
fly to left field for a 2-run homer and the quick lead,
hoping to trigger an upset similar to the 2004 opener
which induced a change to the state's entire postseason
However, in a back-and-forth affair, the host Falcons
finally survived to nip Grossmont, 5-3, sending the
G-House into Saturday's consolation bracket at noon.
They will meet defending state titlist Mt. San Antonio,
which got run-ruled by Fullerton, 12-4 in 6 innings,
in the other opening-round ballgame.
"A lot of people dismissed us because we are ranked
11th," said Grossmont All-America shortstop ANGELA
LOVELADY, who also homered in the ballgame. "But
we showed our caliber isn't that low and we played right
The same thing occurred six years ago when Grossmont
stunned then second-rated Cerritos, 7-5, to eliminate
the Falcons when the tournament was a single-elimination
affair -- a formula which was quickly dumped, perhaps
because the Greater Los Angeles schools couldn't handle
losing to a San Diego community college.
A few years later in the San Diego high school ranks,
North County schools suddenly demanded a similar conversion
to double-elimination after Helix shocked top-rated
and undefeated Escondido, 1-0, on just one hit: a solo
homer by current Cal State San Marcos slugger ALYSSA
DRONENBERG (the so-called "Dronenberg" rule).
So the Griffins posted their upset, Cerritos gained
its revenge, and now both ballclubs went at it in a
long-awaited battle after the teams' season-opening
rainout from Jan. 27, but due to tournaments and poor
weather all season, a date was never available to re-schedule.
"We wanted to play them all season," said
Grossmont assistant coach ANA LANDEROS. "But we
never could find common open dates because we always
seemed to be in different tournaments."
It was also a dream pairing between two of the most
successful pitchers in Southern California (not necessarily
statistically, but by power rankings from at least two
"And MELANIE (GOFF) dominated Cerritos ' No. 3
and 4 hitters," added Landeros. "She looked
just as good as the Cerritos pitcher."
CCCAA South Super Regional
First Round / At Cerritos
FALCONS 5, GRIFFINS 3
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Still, Cerritos ' Hillary Perez-Ashley, the state pitcher
of the year, managed to get out of trouble most of the
contest. Despite yielding 11 hits and three walks, she
stranded a dozen Grossmont baserunners to run her record
to a dizzying 33-1.
Meanwhile, Goff allowed just three earned runs, as
a pair of Grossmont throwing mistakes proved to be the
difference when the ball was directed to the wrong base.
After Cerritos (39-4) moved even on a 2nd-inning, 2-run
homer by left fielder Devin Salmones, the Falcons took
advantage of an error to post three runs (two unearned)
in the 3rd. Goff then finished her outing with 3 2/3
shutout innings, allowing just three singles the rest
of the way.
Lovelady capped a 2-for-4 outing with a solo homer
in the 6th. She also collected a double.
"The Cerritos pitcher always tried to throw the
first pitch for a strike, then tried to make us chase,"
noted Lovelady. "So I was looking to turn on the
first or second pitch. Kylee did the same thing on her
The Griffins (29-8) had an opportunity to tie the game
in the 7th after AMBER BEEBE reached base on a Falcons
error with two outs. However, Perez-Ashley escaped when
HEATHER BREWER lined out on a ball which almost carried
over the head of the center fielder.
For Grossmont, Wright equalled a school postseason
mark by batting 4-for-4.
Lovelady, a freshman shortstop, paced the Griffins
with a .454 batting average during the regular season.
She ranked 11th among all Southern California community
college batters second among all shortstops
and was runner-up to fellow All-America selection Danielle
LeBeau of Palomar for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
Lovelady also ranked among the state leaders in doubles,
helping lead Grossmont (now 29-7) to its third PCAC
title in four seasons.
Earlier, Lovelady was named to the All-Southland team,
but failed to make the all-state team, which saw a different
panel of coaches instead tab Griffins pitcher MELANIE
GOFF for honors.
WATCH THIS GAME HERE Courtesy, College of the Canyons
'Cougar News' Website (It ain't too bad!...
CCCAA South Regional
Game Two (Best-of-3)
GRIFFINS 9, COUGARS 8 (8 inn.)
(Grossmont wins series 2-0)
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The Grossmont Griffins women's fastpitch team continues
to demonstrate a flare for the dramatic, this time courtesy
of pitcher MELANIE GOFF, who rolled a ball through the
hole on the right-side of the infield for a run-scoring
basehit in the 8th inning, the difference in Grossmont's
9-8 triumph over visiting College of the Canyons in
the Southland Regional playoffs.
Sunday's (May 2) decision between the 8th and 9th playoff
seeds gives the Griffins (29-7) a two-game series sweep,
advancing to next weekend's Super Regional. They will
battle top-rated Cerritos (38-4) in the opening game
of the 4-team, double-elimination event. Canyons finishes
the season at 28-13.
Goff battled back from a 5th-inning blow-up in the
pitching circle, when she yielded six runs and allowed
Canyons to transform a 7-2 deficit into an 8-7 advantage.
However, Goff closed the contest with 3 1/3 innings
of shutout ball, then knocked in the winning run.
Fueling Goff's rebound was Grossmont third baseman
ALYSSA TAYLOR, who blasted a game-tying home run in
the 6th to get the teams even and force extra innings.
In the decisive 8th, catcher KYLEE WILSON opened with
her third hit of the contest a single to left
raising her postseason batting average to a stellar
.444 mark. One out later, Taylor hit a ball to an identical
spot in left for another basehit.
At No. 1 Cerritos
About Cerritos (from the Falcons website)...
Vaaulu hits state-leading home runs in victory Courtesy, Cerritos College media relations
NORWALK - Some people have said that Cerritos
College sophomore catcher Samantha Vaaulu (Warren
HS) is having an "off season." Considering
she hit .454 with 20 home runs and 74 RBI last
year, it would be hard to match those numbers.
But after her two-home run game on Sunday afternoon
at Nancy Kelly Field to help eliminate Chaffey
College from the playoffs, Vaaulu now leads the
state with 17 home runs, while she has driven
in 53 runs and hitting a "cool" .362.
The two-game sweep by the top-seeded Falcons
(38-4) in the first round advances the team to
the second round of the Southern California Regional
Playoffs, hosingt a four-team, double-elimination
tournament, with the winner advancing to the CCCAA
State Tournament in Bakersfield.
Cerritos will open the Super Regional vs. Grossmont
at 2 p.m. on Friday. The other Super Regional
ballclubs are No. 4 Mt. San Antonio and No. 5
Goff then collected her game winner and she knew
it was coming.
"I was sitting on her change I had it timed,"
said Goff on her hit, capping a 3-for-5, three RBI performance.
The red-shirt transfer also boosted her pitching record
"I was frustrated when Canyons battled back to
take the lead six runs was too much," she
added. "But I knew we would come back because we
have so much hitting power."
Many thought CAITLIN AIMALEFOA would supply the necessary
power after earlier pumping two deep drives to left
field both foul, including one mammoth shot to
the street level onto Grossmont College Circle, the
perimeter road circling the Fletcher Hills campus.
Instead, it was Taylor who bombed her 7th homer of
the season. The 1-out, solo shot on a 1-2 pitch cleared
the fence in right-center field for her first postseason
hit. It also broke a deadlock with ANGELA LOVELADY and
KELLEY SEITZ for the team lead.
"Those are the types of balls we've been hitting
all season," said Griffins assistant coach ANA
LANDEROS. "We always know we're in every game,
so we never need to panic."
"Plus, it was a real advantage when Canyons used
both of their pitchers in (Saturday's) first game. It
was a real confidence edge knowing what they throw and
that we could hit either of them."
And when Grossmont saw its leadoff batter reach base
five times against both Cougars pitchers, all five would
eventually score. Included was Wilson 's key at-bat
to start the 8th.
"I was just trying to get on base, but I was seeing
the ball well all day, so I had some good swings,"
said Wilson, an Alpine resident, who singled and scored
three times, including crossing the plate with the game-winning
Grossmont jumped to quick leads of 4-0 and 5-2, maxing
out to 7-2 by the 4th.
The 4-run start saw the first three batters reach
BRITT WRIGHT (hit by pitch), Wilson (single to left),
and Lovelady (bunt single) to load the bases.
Lovelady's hit was her 51st of the season, taking over
the team lead from Wright (50).
Taylor walked to force in a run, then Goff singled
to center for a 2-0 lead. The Cougars finally registered
a pair of outs, but AMBER BEEBE, who registered the
game-winning RBI in Game One of the best-of-3 series,
continued with her hot hitting with yet another basehit
to right-center, doubling the advantage to 4-0.
In the 2nd, Lovelady's bat-control ability led to another
With Wright on third following a lead walk, a stolen
base, and a Wilson ground ball to advance her, Lovelady
fouled off two pitches before shocking the Cougars with
a bunt to the left side. The unusual 2-strike strategy
caught the Cougars' defense flat-footed for an RBI single
and a 5-2 lead.
The 4th inning saw Goff battle off five 2-strike pitches
before singling down the left-field line to bring home
Wilson (lead single). Seitz drilled the fence in left
for a run-scoring double to plate Lovelady (walk), although
Goff was easily out at the plate without a slide attempting
to take an extra base.
Canyons' 6-run outburst in the 5th featured doubles
by Jessica Fridwell, a sophomore who once red-shirted
at Baylor University, and shortstop Ruby Herrera. The
rally was capped on a 3-run homer by Quartz Hill freshman
Karissa Hartwig for an 8-7 lead.
"Melanie and Kylee had some disagreements on pitch
selection, which might have affected her concentration,"
noted Landeros. "But after that, they were on the
same page, then the team came back strong."
The lead change also initiated a pitching change by
the Cougars, as COC head coach John Wissmath pulled
all-state selection Ashley Imperial for reliever Sarah
However, Grossmont believed Biggs might be the better
pitcher because she faced ranked opponents all season,
while Imperial's numbers might be inflated by facing
lower-echelon ballclubs from the Western State Conference.
Still, the Griffins didn't mind facing a pitcher they
previously battered for all six runs in the series opener.
Southland Regional, Game One
College of the Canyons Cougars
at Grossmont College Griffins (Slideshow by Lenny Gemar)
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS HERE
Beebe, a Santana High product, floated a basehit over
a drawn-in College of the Canyons infield in the bottom
of the 7th inning, giving the Griffins a walkoff 6-5
triumph in Saturday's (May 1) first game of a best-of-3
Southland Regional series for the CCCAA women's softball
Grossmont (28-7) can clinch a berth to next weekend's
Super Regional with a victory in either of up to two
games Sunday (May 2) against the Cougars (28-12), starting
Beebe's list of recent exhilarating hits many
of the walkoff variety from the No. 8 spot in
the Grossmont line-up has been extensive, especially
during March (See box).
Heroics by Grossmont College
sophomore left fielder Amber Beebe
walkoff grand slam to
finish off a run-rule victory over San Diego
home run when Grossmont
set a school-record with its 12th consecutive
victory in a victory over Santa Ana
walkoff triple to down
single in the 7th to defeat L.A. Harbor in
the championship game of the SDCC Tournament
tape-measure homer to
extend the Griffins' record winning streak
to 20 games
walkoff single in playoff
opening win against Canyons
Beebe may not rank among the ballclub's leading hitters,
but her results in late-inning situations is as good
"Amber just went with the pitch and dinked it
over the second baseman," said Griffins assistant
coach ANA LANDEROS. "But since Canyons' outfield
was playing in, too, I thought the centerfielder might
get to the ball, but it fell in."
Waltzing home from third base was pitcher MELANIE GOFF,
who tossed a complete game to raise her record to 24-7
for the season. She struck out three.
Goff started the rally by singling to right field on
the very first pitch of the 7th. The basehit was unfortunate
for Canyons, which wanted to lift starting pitcher Sarah
Biggs, but reliever Ashley Imperial like Goff,
all-state pick, yet was not given the starting assignment
by Cougars coaches wasn't ready.
KELLEY SEITZ followed with a grounder to the hole on
the left side. Cougars shortstop Ruby Herrera collected
the ball and fired toward second base, but the ball
sailed into right field for her third error of the contest
as Goff raced to third.
CCCAA South Regional
Game One (Best-of-3)
GRIFFINS 6, COUGARS 5
(Grossmont leads series 1-0)
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Biggs faced 1 batter in the 7th.
WP-Goff. HBP-by Biggs 2 (Wright, Taylor).
CAITLIN AIMALEFOA grounded to shortstop, but Goff was
forced to hold while Seitz moved to second base. Canyons
then elected to pitch to Beebe even though there was an
open base, but the strategy back-fired when the sophomore
delivered yet again.
The bottom five Grossmont batters keyed the offense, garnering
seven of the team's nine hits, driving in all six runs.
The see-saw affair saw Canyons finally get even in
the top of the 7th. With one out, Melissa Herndon, the
10th-leading hitter in Southern California, belted
a solo homer to left to make it 5-5.
Canyons got on the board first with three runs in the
2nd, ignited by a fine defensive play by centerfielder
Whitney Bruce. The sophomore went back to the barrier
to rob Grossmont third baseman ALYSSA TAYLOR of a home
run in the 1st. Bruce also grabbed another Taylor shot
on the warning track in the 4th.
However, Grossmont answered with a 5-spot in the 3rd.
Included were three consecutive RBI singles by Goff,
Seitz and Aimalefoa to tie the game, then HEATHER BREWER
blasted a 2-run double to right-center field for a 5-3
Goff and Aimalefoa each collected two hits, including
Aimalefoa's line double which hit the fence.
Grossmont's defense also aided Goff by turning a pair
of double plays.
Goff tabbed to all-state team Lovelady named all-Southland
Goff, a Mira Mesa High product, posted a 23-7 overall
record, finishing second in Southern California in total
victories behind only Hillary Perez-Ashley of Cerritos,
the state's co-pitcher of the year with Sierra's Samantha
Perez-Ashley, who posted a 30-1 record for the top-ranked
Falcons, also edged Goff as the Southland leader in
Goff tossed 24 complete games over more than 175 innings
during the regular season.
Meanwhile, Griffins shortstop ANGELA LOVELADY was named
to the all-Southern California team by the same 3CWFCA
Lovelady ranked second in the Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference with a .454 batting average, leading
the circuit in doubles while tying with teammate BRITT
WRIGHT for the conference lead in runs scored. Lovelady
also ranked first in doubles, and second in total basehits,
home runs and RBI.
She follows the footsteps of older sister ASHLEY LOVELADY,
who was an all-state selection as a Grossmont catcher
The Griffins (27-7) will host College of the Canyons
(28-11) in the first round of the state playoffs, beginning
with Game One of a best-of-3 set on Saturday (May 1)
at 2 p.m.
Southern California Regional
May 1-2 (Best-of-3 series)
College of the Canyons (28-11) at Grossmont (27-7)
L.A. Harbor (24-13)
at Riverside (26-13)
at Saddleback (31-9)
at Fullerton (24-12)
at Mt. San Antonio (30-10)
Antelope Valley (23-14)
at East Los Angeles (33-7)
Grossmont (27-7) will entertain No. 9 College of the
Canyons beginning with Game 1 on Sat., May 1, starting
at 2 p.m. The best-of-3 series continues with Games
2 and (if necessary) 3 on Sunday, May 2, starting
Canyons' Cougars (28-11) split a twinbill with Bakersfield
on the final day of the regular season to clinch their
second straight Western State Conference crown.
The series winner will probably meet No. 1 seed
Cerritos in the Super Regional, May 8-9.
Goff, a product of Mira Mesa High, ranked among the
Southern California leaders in both record and ERA all
season. Goff was joined on the honor roll of first-team
selections by four of her teammates. The list includes
catcher KYLEE WILSON (Granite Hills), centerfielder
BRITT WRIGHT (transfer from Chabot College), third baseman
ALYSSA TAYLOR (La Jolla) and shortstop ANGELA LOVELADY
However, conference coaches refused to acknowledge
a changing of the guard at the top of the PCAC, which
Grossmont has claimed in three of the past four seasons.
Palomar, which captured an amazing 22 straight PCAC
crowns prior to the Griffins' current streak, received
six first-team berths as opposed to five for Grossmont,
plus nine overall picks to just six for the Griffins.
Leading the Comets was pitcher Danielle LeBeau, who
also played other positions this season unlike Goff,
thus was given the Player of the Year award.
On the second team was Grossmont's Kelley Seitz (Valhalla),
who was named as a utility player; she is both a first
baseman and designated player.
All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Team
(Selected by coaches)
Melanie Goff, Grossmont
Danielle LeBeau, Palomar
Natalie Smith, San Diego Mesa
Batting with the bases loaded in the bottom of the
5th inning, Wilson clouted a resounding triple to right-center
field, giving the Griffins their third run-rule triumph
over San Diego City College this season, placing the
finishing touches on an outright Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference championship the college's third title
in four seasons.
Grossmont, which captured 20 straight ballgames during
one stretch, will enter the CCCAA playoffs with a 27-7
overall record and ranked sixth in the Southland coaches
Turn the clock back three months, and such a forecast
was anything but plausible.
"We didn't have anyone to be our catcher,"
Griffins assistant coach ANA LANDEROS recalled. "We
could've been in big trouble."
Up stepped Wilson, who possessed a softball resume
void of any experience behind the plate.
"I never played catcher before coming here,"
said Wilson, one of eight players honored on Sophomore
Day on the Grossmont diamond. "But someone had
to do it, so I said I'd do it."
In three seasons on the Granite Hills High varsity,
Wilson became known as one of the Grossmont Conference's
better defensive left fielders, gaining an All-East
County berth as a senior in 2008.
Moving to centerfield when she joined the Griffins,
her arm was so respected that eventual state champion
Mt. San Antonio twice elected not to challenge the All-Pacific
Coast Conference selection and try to take an extra
base during the super regionals.
"Kylee definitely has the arm, but there is so
much more you have to know to catch at this level,"
noted Landeros. "But we didn't have many options
available to us, so it was like, 'okay, Kylee, you're
Fortunately, Wilson had a mentor when pitcher MELANIE
GOFF, an NCAA Division I transfer, arrived on the Fletcher
"Melanie made it so easy for me," said Wilson.
"I just put down some fingers and she always hit
Goff, an obvious finalist for PCAC Player of the Year
honors when conference coaches hold their postseason
meeting this Thursday (Apr. 22), was pleased to break-in
her new personal catcher, who came with no bad habits
to break or alter.
"Kylee was the right person it turned out
to be the best thing that could've happened," said
Goff, who said she plans to return for the 2011 campaign.
"And Kylee and I talk all the time. We go over
scouting reports and game plans, then go after batters."
The combination again demonstrated their effectiveness
against San Diego City, shutting out the Knights for
the third time in as many outings this season. It was
Grossmont's 10th shutout in '10.
Meanwhile, Wilson 's batting continues to improve,
completing the season with a 3-for-4 outing while Goff
went 3-for-3 to fuel a 10-hit attack.
The Griffins scored six times in the 3rd inning, capped
by a 3-run double to center by first baseman CAITLIN
ANGELA LOVELADY, who replaced Wilson in center, added
a run-scoring double in the big inning. Third baseman
ALYSSA TAYLOR, designated player KELLEY SEITZ and Goff
also drove in runs.
"I love all these girls," added Wilson. "Playing
softball here has been one of the best experiences of
Grossmont will learn its postseason future when the
seeding committee meets Friday (Apr. 23).
GRIFFINS 10, JAGUARS 2 (5 inn.)
Southwestern (10-26, 3-12)
611 02 - 10 16 1
101 00 - 02
Called after 5 innings,
Goff, Bourlet (3) and Wilson. Turner, Fonteneaux
(1) and Atkins. W-Goff. L-Turner. S-Bourlet. HR-Fonteneaux
(SW) 3rd, solo.
Sophomore Day will celebrate
another PCAC championship
It should be a double party, as Grossmont needs a victory
over the Knights to officially wrap-up the school's
third Pacific Coast Athletic Conference crown in four
seasons. And with a 10-game home winning streak against
the Knights a stretch dating back to at least
the 2003 campaign the odds definitely tilt towards
the G-House, which has twice run-ruled SDCC this season.
"It should be knock on wood a special
day," said Griffins assistant coach ANA LANDEROS.
"The girls worked hard for this and they deserve
Grossmont (26-7 overall, 12-2 PCAC) gained at least
a guaranteed share of the title after run-ruling Southwestern,
10-2, Monday (Apr. 19).
ANGELA LOVELADY, the conference's second-leading hitter,
remains in contention to battle for the batting crown
following a 4-for-4 outing against the Jaguars. Included
was a pair of doubles to knock in a pair of runs.
Meanwhile, BRITT WRIGHT also was perfect in four plate
appearances, including a triple.
Among Wright's four hits was a 2-run single to score
ALYSSA TAYLOR and AMBER BEEBE. The hit came in her second
at-bat of the 1st inning, when the Griffins raced to
a 6-0 lead before Southwestern received its first opportunity
In addition, catcher KYLEE WILSON registered a pair
of RBI in support of winning pitcher MELANIE GOFF. Reliever
STEPHANIE BOURLET, who lives nearby in Chula Vista,
earned the save.
For Southwestern, freshman Nicole Fonteneaux belted
a solo homer in the 3rd.
The Jaguars, which showed early promise following a
6-5 start under a new coaching staff, finish the season
at 10-26, winning just four of their final 25 ballgames.
Playoff Outlook Grossmont's poor weekend
against three playoff opponents proved moot when College
of the Canyons outlasted Fullerton, 3-2 in 8 innings...
The Canyons victory moved the Cougars (ranked 8th in
the computer rankings) closer to the No. 7 Hornets.
Thus, the Griffins would've remained in the No. 9 slot
no matter their results over the weekend... Unless something
changes over the final two days of the regular season,
Grossmont expects to travel to Santa Clarita (across
the freeway from Magic Mountain) to meet Canyons in
a first-round postseason series.
Despite scoring late in both contests of Sunday's (Apr.
18) 3-way doubleheader, Grossmont failed to complete
the climb up the mountain in falling to defending state
champion Mt. San Antonio, 3-1, then lost to Riverside,
Mt. SAC led 1-0 most of the way until the Mounties'
Korinne Randazzo drilled a 2-run homer in the 6th inning.
Grossmont answered with four basehits in the 7th, all
singles by MELANIE GOFF, CAITLIN AIMALEFOA, HEATHER
BREWER, then BRITT WRIGHT for the RBI. But the Griffins
left the bases loaded as Mt. SAC escaped with a game-ending
strikeout by NAME Fountain.
Game two saw Riverside built a 6-0 lead, so Grossmont
lifted Goff from the circle to save her for more critical
ballgames this week in order to finish off a Pacific
Coast Athletic Conference pennant.
This comeback was ignited on a Brewer home run in the
5th, when Grossmont scored two times, then added four
more in the 6th to trim the Tigers lead to 7-6.
"This game went just like the first game
we really battled back," said assistant coach Ana
Landeros. "We had a bunch of runners on base, but
just couldn't get them in."
Despite a 3-game losing streak against quality competition,
Grossmont can clinch at least a share of their third
PCAC crown in four seasons with a Monday (Apr. 19) victory
at Southwestern. The Griffins then can claim the title
outright in their regular-season finale at home against
San Diego City on Tuesday (Apr. 20). Both games start
at 3 p.m.
The Gauchos immediately posted four runs in their first
at-bats, going on to Saturday's (Apr. 17) 6-2 non-conference
A pair of errors allowed Saddleback to move on top,
then three more Grossmont miscues allowed the visitors
to stay in front all afternoon.
"If we make some plays, we're in the game,"
said Griffins assistant coach ANA LANDEROS. "It
fell apart rather quickly."
Meanwhile, the offense, which posted 29 runs a day
earlier in a doubleheader sweep, was nowhere to be found
until the 6th inning. Before that, Grossmont placed
runners on third base on three different occasions,
yet couldn't garner a key basehit.
"It was frustrating," added Landeros. "We
were hitting Saddleback's pitcher, but not constantly
Down 6-0, Grossmont avoided the shutout bid when MELANIE
GOFF singled in ANGELA LOVELADY, who opened with a double.
Later, KELLEY SEITZ lifted a sacrifice fly.
The Griffins, in the middle of a stretch of 7 games
over 5 consecutive days, plays a 3-way doubleheader
Sunday (Apr. 19) at Mt. San Antonio against the defending
state champion Mounties and a game against Riverside.
Alyssa Taylor (left) homers
against Imperial Valley, followed by a home run
by Kelley Seitz (upper right), all to the delight
of the Grossmont bench
in Friday's Pacific Coast Conference doubleheader
sweep, 20-1 and 9-0. (Photos by Lenny Gemar)
Imperial Valley Arabs at Grossmont
Griffins (Slideshow by Lenny Gemar) ADDITIONAL PHOTOS HERE
The sweep began a stretch of 7 games over 5 days
two twinbills and three single games heading
into the playoffs.
Of course, the Griffins would like to enter the postseason
as conference champions for the third time in four seasons,
as the team's magic number was reduced to two to earn
the PCAC pennant. Grossmont's remaining conference games
are with Southwestern and San Diego City.
Starting pitcher MELANIE GOFF collected a pair of victories
over the Arabs, with STEPHANIE BOURLET mopping up in
relief both times in a pair of combined 3-hitters.
Game one featured home runs by Grossmont's ALYSSA TAYLOR
(solo shot in the 1st inning) and KELLEY SEITZ (2-run
shot in the 3rd).
Taylor just missed hitting for the cycle in a 4-for-4
outing, also adding a pair of doubles. Her last hit
went for two bases, but because of the lop-sided margin,
she was held up when the Griffins started going station-to-station
on the base paths early on.
In the second ballgame, Seitz knocked in four more
runs, while CAITLIN AIMALEFOA and ANGELA LOVELADY added
three RBI each.
Grossmont is again home Saturday (Apr. 17), entertaining
Saddleback at 1 p.m.
Aimalefoa, a sophomore infielder from Clairemont
High, came up big as the Griffins split a doubleheader
with Southern California No. 2-ranked Cypress.
Aimalefoa went 1-for-2 and scored a run in the
first game, a 5-4 win by the host Chargers, who
are ranked behind only No. 1 Cerritos.
Aimalefoa then went 3-for-4 with a double and
two RBIs in Game 2 as the Griffins rebounded for
a 5-4 win in 8 innings. She doubled off the top
of the left-field fence for the game-winning RBI.
Aimalefoa shared the award with Palomar's Danielle
LeBeau. The two teams meet on Wednesday (Apr.
14) at Palomar, in a ballgame which could decide
this year's PCAC champion.
Comets run-rule Grossmont Griffins still control PCAC destiny
Courtesy, Palomar College media relations
SAN MARCOS (4-14-10) It is all but a given that
Grossmont College will hang on to win the Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference softball championship, but the team
with all the momentum as post-season playoffs near is
not the G-House.
The team with all the momentum is Palomar.
Bonnie Brazee's first home run and Theresa Houle's
11th homer set the tone on Wednesday (Apr. 14) as the
second-place Comets run-ruled the first-place Griffins,
While the Comets (17-10, 10-3 PCAC) have won 10 of
their last 12 games, Grossmont has cooled off. The Griffins,
who started the season 22-1, have dropped three of their
last four contests, although the so-called "skid"
does include a road split at 2nd-ranked Cypress.
Grossmont came into the game with a 23-3 record and
a two-game lead in the conference race over Palomar
in the loss column. But the Griffins, who have four
PCAC games left, all against second-division teams in
the mismatched conference, saw their lead over the Comets,
who have two conference games remaining, also vs. second-division
teams, shrink to one game..
Palomar pounded out 18 hits in support of pitcher Danielle
LeBeau, this week's PCAC Co-Athlete of the Week with
Grossmont's CAITLIN AIMALEFOA. LeBeau threw a three-hitter,
striking out seven and walking one to record her eighth
Seven Comets had multiple-hit performances as they
chased Grossmont pitcher MELANIE GOFF, who entered the
game with a 19-3 record and a 1.08 earned run average,
in the 6th inning. That was when Houle led off the inning
by lining home run No. 11 over the left-field fence
and, six hits and five runs later, Kelli Starr ended
the game with a walkoff RBI single.
Brazee's two-run homer, also over the left-field fence,
tied the game in the bottom of the 2nd after Grossmont
had jumped out to a 2-0 lead.
The Griffins struck early on a 2-run double by catcher
KYLEE WILSON, who marked her return after swelling up
following an insect bite over the weekend. Wilson's
two-out clout down the left-field line scored both BRITT
WRIGHT (walk, stolen base) and ALYSSA TAYLOR (single)
in the 1st.
Taylor would later add a home run to centerfield in
the 6th to cap a 2-for-3 performance.
Palomar took a lead it never relinquished by scoring
four runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Associated head coach Lacey Craft coached the team
in the absence of Mark Eldridge, who missed the game
because it conflicted with his duties on a hiring committee
to find his own replacement.
The Griffins were slated to meet Riverside in a 3 p.m.
contest, followed by a game with the Mounties, but the
recently installed, multi-million dollar diamond at
Mt. SAC has a key, missing element: a state-of-the-art
The three colleges, first slated to meet in February
before a rainstorm came in to force the initial postponement,
is now slated for Sunday.
Both scores were 5-4, with Cypress rallying in the
7th to escape defeat in the opener, only to watch Grossmont
do the same in the nightcap with single runs in both
the 7th and 8th innings.
And that 8th-inning run was dramatic when a major collision
at home plate nearly led to a brawl when Griffins pitcher
MELANIE GOFF attempted to avoid the catcher, but instead
landed in a heap.
"It was a pretty nasty hit Mel went flying,"
said Grossmont assistant coach ANA LANDEROS. "But
she landed right on top of the plate."
Goff reached base on a 1-out single over the head of
the third baseman (although the Cypress scorekeeper
ruled it an error, even though the ball barely glanced
off the defender's out-stretched glove). KAITLIN AIMALEFOA
followed with a deep drive that hit just below pipe
at the top of the left-field fence, one of the tallest
in the Southland at 12-feet in height.
"Anywhere else that's a home run," added
Landeros. "Kaitlin lost two homers today because
the fence is so tall."
Instead of a waltz around the diamond, it became a
mad scramble as Goff headed home on Aimalefoa's deep
double. Approaching the plate, Goff took an inside line
to the plate, but then so did the catcher even though
the relay throw went to the outside.
"It was really nasty," Landeros noted.
Both dugouts cleared with accusatory shouts and finger-pointing
towards the other ballclub. The base umpire jumped forward
to keep the teams apart, while the home plate umpire
stopped the contest for a few moments to get school
administrators to tone down the obscene shouts from
the home crowd.
Unfortunately for Cypress, the coaches just subbed-in
a new left fielder for extra innings, but the replacement
player responded with the poor throw home.
According to Landeros, Goff recovered from the wrestling-like
take-down and pitched the bottom of the 8th.
Although she allowed a lead basehit, Goff retired the
next three Chargers to register the victory to run her
record to 18-3. Pinkowski fell to 17-2.
After Cypress scored in the 7th to complete a rally
from a 4-1 deficit in the first contest, Grossmont refused
to be intimidated by posting two quick runs to open
the second ballgame.
With two outs, ALYSSA TAYLOR walked, Goff singled,
then both advanced on a passed ball. Aimalefoa followed
with an RBI single up the middle, but when the relay
was dropped by the first base, Goff also scored for
a 2-0 lead.
The Chargers rallied twice, once to tie in the 2nd,
then posted a pair of runs to take the lead in the 6th
to overcome an ANGELA LOVELADY squeeze bunt in the 5th.
In fact, Cypress moved to within one out of a sweep
before Grossmont got even.
In the 7th, AMBER BEEBE singled to right, moved to
second on a Lovelady sacrifice bunt. A strikeout moved
Cypress within a step of victory, but a comebacker to
Pinkowski was misplayed for an error and Beebe scored
to tie it.
In the opener, Grossmont trailed 1-0 before Taylor
and KELLEY SEITZ each slugged 2-run homers in the 3rd.
OLYMPIANS 3, GRIFFINS 2 (8 inn.)
SD Mesa (14-13, 8-5)
100 010 00 - 2 7 2
000 002 01 - 3 4 1
Two out when winning
Goff (L,18-2) and Wilson. N.Smith (W) and Trujillo.
The streak is over Mesa goes 8 innings for first
win over Grossmont since '07
On Wednesday (Apr. 7), the odds finally caught up to
the Griffins, which saw their school-record 20-game
winning streak snapped when a physical error and a mental
mistake allowed San Diego Mesa to slip past Grossmont,
3-2 in 8 innings at P.R. Mendoza Field.
Earlier in the season, following a 9-day layoff, the
Griffins allowed their highest run total of the season,
yet survived to sweep a doubleheader at Chaffey. Later,
a 5-day reprise saw Southwestern take Grossmont into
extra innings before falling.
This time, an 8-day stretch for spring break could
not be overcome despite building a 2-run lead. And it
was a former East County high school pitcher, Helix
High alum NATALIE SMITH, who was able slow the Grossmont
attack to give Mesa a chance to rally.
"The game can change on one play completely,"
said Smith, who posted a 7-17 record with the Highlanders
as a senior last season. "But our team definitely
plays with heart more so than any other team
in the league."
Grossmont reached Smith early when BRITT WRIGHT opened
the contest with a triple, coming home two batters later
on a basehit by Pacific Coast Athletic Conference batting
leader ANGELA LOVELADY.
In the 5th, a bases-loaded walk to ALYSSA TAYLOR would
double the advantage.
However, a pair of Grossmont miscues handed the decision
to the Olympians.
With a pair of runners in scoring position in the 6th,
Mesa second baseman Bianca Gonzalez topped a ball which
rolled no more than a foot in front of home plate. But
the throw to first base sailed down the line, allowed
both runners to score.
Meanwhile, Smith retired the final 11 Grossmont batters
she faced while waiting for the offense to finally break
Griffins pitcher MELANIE GOFF, who entered the ballgame
with a personal 19-game winning streak, retired the
first two batters in the 8th. However, a drive to the
left-center field gap by Zarah Montes went for a double
when a Grossmont defender attempted to make a diving
catch instead of settling for a single.
With a runner in scoring position instead of first
base, Bryana Garcia followed by lacing a double down
the left-field line for the game-winner, handing the
Griffins their first setback since January.
"We showed we have great team chemistry,"
added Smith, who struck out four. "We showed some
fight and that we still want to make the playoffs."
Mesa snapped a 4-year losing streak to Grossmont, winning
for the first time in 10 outings (and 4th win in 23
ballgames dating back to 2003).
GRIFFINS 8, KNIGHTS 0
Grossmont (22-1, 9-0)
SDCC (16-15, 5-5)
110 010 5 - 8 10 1
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Goff (W,18-1) and
Wilson. Schaeffer (L), Acosta (7) and Ortega. HR-Beebe
(G) 7th, two on.
The Griffins (22-1 overall, 9-0 Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference) posted five runs in the 7th inning to pull
away under the flight pattern of Lindbergh Field.
"It was actually a close game until the seventh,"
said assistant coach ANA LANDEROS. "But our girls
know how to make things happen."
AMBER BEEBE capped the late rally, belting a tape-measure
home run a 3-run shot to left field.
"City is already one of the biggest fields around
the fences are something like 240-to-250 to left,"
noted Landeros. "So Amber must've hit it almost
300 feet, because the ball landed in the ice plant along
where the hill starts."
"She really nailed it."
Meanwhile, winning pitcher MELANIE GOFF tossed a 3-hit
shutout at the Knights. She only struck out two, retiring
most of the batters on infield pops or ground balls,
but most impressive was City never advanced a runner
to third base all contest.
"Except for one inning when she walked two batters,
Melanie was spot on all game," added the coach.
Goff also batted 2-for-4 with a double, while KYLEE
WILSON and HEATHER BREWER also registered a pair of
Leading 3-0, the big 7th-inning saw Wilson and PCAC
batting leader ANGELA LOVELADY open with consecutive
A failed squeeze resulted in a double play, but like
recent late-inning rallies, Grossmont continued on.
ALYSSA TAYLOR followed with an RBI double to left,
Goff singled in a run, KELLEY SEITZ walked, then Beebe
stroked her mammoth shot towards the U.S. Naval Hospital.
Grossmont takes more than a week off for spring break,
then the final two weeks of the regular gets difficult
with contests against Cypress, Saddleback, Mt. San Antonio,
among others, plus a PCAC showdown with Palomar.
More 7th-inning magic Grossmont steals SDCC Tourny
in stunning fashion at the buzzer
First, it was BRITT WRIGHT, who slammed a 2-run homer
in the 7th to stun Victor Valley College, 4-3. Two hours
later, AMBER BEEBE belted a 2-run, go-ahead single,
also in the 7th, when the Griffs scored three times
to upend L.A. Harbor College, 3-1, the victories giving
Grossmont the championship of the San Diego City College
Tournament at Hourglass Field.
"It's all about the team winning the championship
the way we did just shows how good this team is,"
said pitcher MELANIE GOFF, who won three tournament
contests to be named MVP of the 9-team event. "It
showed on how we came back in the first game, and how
we came back in this game, too."
Grossmont's school-record winning streak was on the
edge of collapse in the semifinals after Victor Valley
scored three times in the 5th to grab a 3-2 lead. However,
following a double by HEATHER BREWER, Wright came up
and drilled a shot over the head of the Rams centerfielder.
Such a feat was unthinkable to Wright until recently.
"I didn't play softball in high school and was
away from the game for five years until I tried out
at Chabot College last season, then came to Grossmont
this year," said Wright. "I missed the competition,
and I was at a time in my life where if I didn't get
back into the sport last year, I never would."
"Coming back was the best decision I ever made."
Wright went 2-for-4 in the semifinals, opening the
scoring in the 3rd when she came home on the first of
two RBI by catcher KYLEE WILSON, who also singled home
Beebe in the 5th.
Surely, after pulling a Houdini act, the Griffins wouldn't
repeat the feat. But after being blanked on two hits
through six innings, they again found a way to keep
"I knew I needed to hit it to the outfield
I just drove the ball," Beebe exclaimed. "We
still had a run for the money."
On the verge of a 1-0 setback, ALYSSA TAYLOR opened
the 7th with a sharp single to left. Goff faked a bunt
and slapped the over the Seahawks third baseman, as
the ball just tipped off and past the defender's glove.
Both runners advanced on a KELLEY SEITZ sacrifice bunt,
then both came home when Beebe sent a drive to the opposite
field in right.
"These were both hard games," added Beebe.
"But Britt slammed one hard to win the first game,
then everybody started hitting late in this game."
Beebe took second base when the throw home in
an attempt to prevent Goff from scoring the go-ahead
run bounded wide of the plate.
"For a moment, I thought it could've been a close
play, but I saw the ball was going wide," noted
Two batters later, Beebe scored on a bunt single by
Goff then retired Harbor in order to gain her 18th
consecutive victory of the season. The University of
Arkansas transfer out of Mira Mesa High is now 19-1
"I owe all of our team's success to the coaching
staff this has been a real fun team to play for,"
added Goff, who offered special kudos to assistant coach
Grossmont (21-1) has now captured 19 straight ballgames
heading into Tuesday's (Mar. 30) (rescheduled from Wednesday)
PCAC contest at San Diego City, slated for the Knights'
downtown home at Hock Field.
The Griffins (19-1) extended their winning streak to 17
straight games after posting a composite 30 runs on 30
hits in a 2-game sweep of defending conference champions
during the first day of the San Diego City College Tournament.
Grossmont first riddled Mt. San Jacinto, 21-1, then thumped
L.A. Mission, 9-1.
MSJC shared the title with Antelope Valley in the Foothill
Conference in 2009, while L.A. Mission shared the Western
State Conference's Blue Division crown with College of
Expectations for a strong tournament were in the making.
However, defending tournament finalists Fullerton and
Cerritos left the event, Mt. San Jacinto owns just two
victories (both against Barstow) all season, while Mission
will come nowhere close to its 32-12 mark from a year
In other words, Grossmont is expected to romp to the title
in Saturday's final round. They will meet Victor Valley
at 9 a.m., with a triumph gaining a berth in the title
contest at 11 a.m.
Against Mt. San Jacinto, freshman STEPHANIE BOURLET
registered only two strikeouts, but coaxed a series
of ground balls to easily handle the lowly Eagles (2-22).
Bourlet had her victory in hand long before she entered
the pitcher's circle after Grossmont opened the tournament
by scoring nine times in their first at-bats.
KELLEY SEITZ and KYLEE WILSON each slugged 2-run homers
to jump-start the offense in the 1st, then head coach
RICK TRESTRAIL put the brakes on the offense by stopping
Griffins baserunners to just one or two bases on deep
drives on the fence-less outfield at Hourglass Field,
located adjacent to Miramar College.
In the second game, MELANIE GOFF tossed a 1-hit shutout
at L.A. Mission, extending her personal win streak to
15. Goff struck out five batters, as Grossmont hitters
backed her by scoring in all five innings.
CAITLIN AIMALEFOA drove home three runs for the G-House,
while Seitz added two more RBI.
Meanwhile, Pacific Coast Athletic Conference batting
leader ANGELA LOVELADY added to her totals. She went
4-for-5 in game one, then went 2-for-3 with a triple
in the nightcap to complete a 6-for-8 morning.
Notes Grossmont's PCAC ball game at San
Diego City next week has been switched to Tuesday, still
starting at 3 p.m. from downtown's Hock Field.
GRIFFINS 9, JAGUARS 0
Southwestern (9-19, 3-7)
Grossmont (17-1, 8-0)
000 00 - 0 3 1
313 02 - 9 9 0
Called after 5 innings;
Fonteneaux (L) and Flores; Goff (W,14-1) and Wilson.
HR-Seitz (G), 3rd, one on.
In Wednesday's (Mar. 24) rematch, the Jaguars' enthusiasm
was quickly squelched in about five minutes.
The Griffins burst to a quick 3-0 lead and never quit,
capped by a walkoff triple by AMBER BEEBE in the 5th
inning to slam the barbecue lid shut on an easy 9-0
drubbing of Southwestern.
"Everyone was hitting the ball all over the place
it was crazy," exclaimed Griffins assistant
coach ANA LANDEROS. "And MELANIE (GOFF) is in a
groove right now."
Goff tossed a 3-hit shutout at Southwestern, winning
her 14th consecutive game to extend Grossmont's record
winning streak to 15. She struck out four and walked
just one, facing just four batters above the minimum.
Goff also slugged an RBI double in the 1st to get the
G-House started. She went 2-for-3 on the day, a total
matched by centerfielder BRITT WRIGHT and designated
player KELLEY SEITZ, who belted a 2-run homer in the
3rd to make it 7-0.
Two innings later, with Goff and Seitz on base, Beebe
sent a blast to right-center field to invoke the run
Meanwhile, PCAC batting leader ANGELA LOVELADY batted
1-for-2, yet her season average she entered the
day with a tidy .520 mark actually dropped
a percentage point.
Grossmont will participate in the San Diego City College
Tournament at Mira Mesa's Hourglass Field. On Friday
(Mar. 26), the Griffins will meet Mt. San Jacinto at
9 a.m., then L.A. Mission at 11 a.m.
For Griffins, spring break comes early School-record 5 homers extends win streak to 14
For the Griffins (16-1), their record winning streak
extended to 14 straight, while the team's 2.5-game lead
in the PCAC standings is also their greatest margin
Where do you start in what many in the industry call
a "stat padder."
"Earlier in the week, we expected the temperatures
to be over 100 degrees, but when we got there, it was
really nice," said Grossmont assistant coach ANA
LANDEROS. "It was like we were in Palm Springs
for spring break the whole team was so relaxed."
And the hitting became epidemic.
Taylor opened the 2nd inning with a shot to left field
to get Grossmont on the scoreboard. MELANIE GOFF, the
winning pitcher, was then hit by a pitch, followed by
a 2-run shot by Seitz to begin her best outing as a
In the 3rd, catcher KYLEE WILSON led-off with a homer,
as the Griffins would score five times in the frame
for an 8-0 cushion.
Then in the 4th, a tsunami of nine more runs would
cross the plate. Included were a 2-run homer by first
baseman CAITLIN AIMALEFOA, then Taylor would make it
back-to-back shots with a tape-measure bomb which rolled
all the way to the parking lot next to the DePaoli Sports
Complex, the building which hosts Arabs basketball and
"It was crazy," said Landeros, again utilizing
her pet line to describe anything that goes well for
the ballclub. "Everyone was hitting and having
a good time."
The 16-hit attack included three hits worth four RBI
for Aimalefoa, three hits and three RBI for Taylor,
while Seitz also posted a 2-run double and a run-scoring
grounder to cap her 2-for-3, 5-RBI performance.
Meanwhile, Goff allowed just one hit in running her
pitching record to 13-1 in winning her 12th straight.
STEPHANIE BOURLET tossed two innings of 1-hit relief
to earn her first collegiate save in combining for the
Grossmont returns home next Wednesday (Mar. 24), entertaining
Southwestern at 3 p.m. Then they will meet Mt. San Jacinto
and L.A. Mission in next Friday's (Mar. 26) opening
round of the San Diego City Invitational at Hourglass
Field in Mira Mesa, located a few steps south of Miramar
GRIFFINS 1, COMETS 0
Palomar (11-9, 4-3)
Grossmomnt (15-1, 6-0)
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LeBeau (L,4-6) and
Blackwood. Goff (W,12-1) and Wilson. HR-none.
Newton's Law: Griffins push to win Taylor's bunt tops Palomar
for record 13th straight win
For the second time in as many meetings this season,
a push bunt played a key role in determining a winner,
as Grossmont College tipped visiting Palomar, 1-0, in
Wednesday's (Mar. 17) PCAC showdown.
Freshman third baseman ALYSSA TAYLOR, who received
the surprising sign from head coach RICK TRESTRAIL with
the count at 0-2, push-bunted the ball down the line
with the Palomar first baseman playing deep.
The defender charged and fielded the ball, but the
Comets saw no one else cover the bag, then a last-ditch
effort at a sweep tag missed Taylor, allowing ANGELA
LOVELADY to hustle home with the game's only run in
the 6th inning.
Sir Isaac Newton would be proud with the implementation
of his Law of Motion and his mathematical view of how
the universe works.
"After the inning, Alyssa even said that coach
gave her the sign even though there were two strikes
on her," said assistant coach ANA LANDEROS. "Sometimes
you get so ingrained on what to do on certain counts
here, Palomar was playing back and Alyssa
caught them sleeping."
Both pitchers the Griffins' MELANIE GOFF and
Palomar's Danielle Lebeau spun 2-hitters, with
three of the four combined hits coming in an eventful
Palomar's second hit of the contest, a bunt single
by Kelli Starr, followed a lead walk for the first scoring
opportunity by either ballclub. However, Goff, facing
the heart of the Comets, coaxed a pair of shallow pop-ups
to the outfield.
Lebeau followed by sending a sharp shot up the middle
which could've snapped the scoreless duel, but Grossmont
shortstop Lovelady extended fully in making a diving
stab of the low liner for the third out.
"Our defense was spot on it was crazy,"
added Landeros. "Angela saved the game for us on
that play, while Alyssa (at third base) and HEATHER
(BREWER, the second baseman) played great games, too."
All season long, Grossmont seems to carry the momentum
of a big defensive stop immediately into run production.
This time was no different when Lovelady opened the
6th with a double over the bag at third the first
hit allowed all contest by Lebeau.
CAITLIN AIMALEFOA struck out, but on a dropped third
strike, the throw went to first base which allowed Lovelady
to advance and set-up Taylor 's game-winning bunt.
Goff (13-1) captured her 12th straight victory, helping
the Griffins extend their school-record winning streak
to 13 in a row. Lebeau (4-6) finished with nine strikeouts
in a losing effort.
"Both pitchers were great it was 1-2-3,
1-2-3, all game," added Landeros.
Grossmont (15-1, 6-0 PCAC) has now defeated Palomar
in 7 of the team's last 11 meetings over the past four
seasons. The Griffins not only dropped the Comets (11-9,
4-3 PCAC) into third place, while extending their lead
over second-place Mesa (10-10, 5-3 PCAC) to 2 games.
The G-House next plays Friday at Imperial Valley, with
a special start time of 1 p.m.
Notes ANGELA LOVELADY was named the Pacific
Coast Athletic Conference women athlete of the week.
Santa Ana Dons at Grossmont
Griffins (Slideshow by Ruth Mims)
Game two was scoreless after 7 innings, then an explosion
of runs ensued during the International Tiebreaker which
saw Long Beach City outlast Santa Ana, 9-8 in 14 innings.
The lengthy contest forced a postponement of the Beach-Grossmont
game, yet Vikings coaches expressed a willingness to
make a return trip to make up the ballgame.
Why? Because of its importance to the Southern California
playoffs. Grossmont will get an opportunity to avenge
its lone loss of the season. Long Beach, which is ranked
7th in the Southland, gets a chance to move up against
the Griffins (14-1), who are rated 6th in this week's
"Santa Ana would score in the top half of the
inning, so we would get warmed up for the third game,"
said Grossmont assistant coach ANA LANDEROS. "But
then Long Beach would tie it, so we sat back down. After
doing that 4-or-5 times, it got to be crazy out there."
If the event was held Sunday, Daylight saving time
would be in effect, giving the teams a full two hours
to complete the third game. Oh, well
Meanwhile, Monday's re-scheduled contest with Saddleback
has been pushed back to April Gauchos officials
forget spring break comes early in their school district.
Thus, Grossmont's next date is a Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference showdown on Wednesday (Mar. 17) with rising
Palomar, which swept a road doubleheader from defending
state champion Mt. San Antonio, 4-3 and 10-9.
When the Comets were annually competing for state championships,
reeling off 10 or more victories was commonplace. But
with the Griffins' dozen, the school is exploring unknown
territories, with their last loss coming more than a
month ago in January.
"The team doesn't want to talk about it
they don't want to jinx it," added Landeros.
The Seitz-Beebe combo helped Grossmont move even after
Santa Ana scored in its first at-bat. Seitz laced a
two-out single in the 2nd, moving to second base when
the centerfielder bobbled the softball. Beebe followed
with a line drive over the shortstop for a basehit and
an RBI with Seitz taking two bases to score.
In the 4th, Goff lined a single to right field, with
yet another Dons outfield error gave the Griffins an
extra base. This time, the miscue was moot when Seitz
took an outside riseball and planted it over the right-field
fence for a 3-1 lead.
Grossmont, which has been averaging more than four
extra-base hits per game over the past 10 days, continued
its power display.
In the 5th, catcher KYLEE WILSON again showcased her
speed with a lead triple to center, scoring on an ANGELA
LOVELADY grounder. Although Lovelady's 7-game hitting
streak was snapped, she registered another key RBI by
smartly keeping the ball to the right side of the infield.
"Angela was a little upset about losing her hit
streak," noted Landeros. "But when you do
something good for your team and get the run in, everything
Beebe, who smacked a walkoff grand slam earlier in
the week, added another late bomb with her solo shot
to center in the 6th, giving Goff plenty of cushion
for yet another pitching victory. Goff struck out three
Santa Ana batters.
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Behind home runs by ANGELA LOVELADY and KYLEE WILSON,
Grossmont scored six straight runs to close out a 6-2
triumph over second-place San Diego Mesa, helping the
Griffins maintain their Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
The victory, which equaled a school record with the
team's 11 consecutive triumphs, drops Mesa into third
place, leaving Grossmont with a 1.5 game lead over surging
An inning after Grossmont rallied from a 2-run deficit
to assume a 3-2 lead, the hot-hitting Lovelady opened
the 5th inning with a leadoff shot to right. The longball
No. 6 on the season was her 4th of the
week, placing her at the top among the list of contenders
for PCAC player of the week laurels.
Meanwhile, Wilson, the smallest of the Griffins at
5-foot-3, then shocked the Olympians by muscling a leadoff
homer in the 6th, pumping the ball in range of the scoreboard
in left-center field.
Mesa jumped to a 2-0 lead on a 2-run double to right
by Bryana Garcia in the 3rd, but it would be the only
damage allowed by Grossmont pitcher MELANIE GOFF, who
struck out six and went 2-for-3 at the plate.
Grossmont immediately answered on an RBI single by
Lovelady, then the Griffins took the lead in the 4th
when Goff singled and scored on a double by HEATHER
BREWER, who then plated the go-ahead run on a sharp
basehit to right by BRITT WRIGHT.
For the contest, Wright went 3-for-4 with a triple
to highlight a 13-hit Griffins attack, giving the G-House
nine consecutive victories against Mesa over the past
four seasons (and 19 of 22 since 2003).
Grossmont will seek a record 12th straight victory
on Saturday (Mar. 13) to open a stretch of three straight
ballgames against quality competition. The Griffins
will host a 3-way doubleheader with Santa Ana and Long
Beach, starting at 10 a.m., then complete an important
5-game homestand on Wednesday against Palomar.
The Santana High product capped Wednesday's (Mar. 10)
ballgame with a walkoff grand slam, lifting the Griffins
to a 10-0 decision over visiting San Diego City College.
The slam activiated the run rule, ending the ballgame
in the bottom of the 5th inning.
Grossmont (12-1, 4-0 PCAC) has now won 10 consecutive
contests, one shy of the school record. The G-House
will get a shot at the milestone on Friday (Mar. 12)
when they host San Diego Mesa, a team they have defeated
eight straight times over the past four seasons (and
18 of 21 since 2003).
Beebe's slam was the second Grossmont homer of the
Leading 4-0, KYLEE WILSON opened the 5th by reaching
on an error, then ANGELA LOVELADY clouted her third
homer of the week (5th overall) to make it 6-0.
CAITLIN AIMALEFOA continued the rally with a single
through the left side of the infield, ALYSSA TAYLOR
was hit by a pitch, then MELANIE GOFF registered an
infield single to load the bases. Beebe followed with
her slam, allowing the Griffins to remain one game in
front of Mesa in the PCAC standings.
The Olympians kept pace by edging Southwestern, 4-3
in 8 innings, while third-place Palomar erased Imperial
Grossmont scored twice in its first two trips to the
plate to secure an early lead.
In the 1st, Taylor clubbed a two-run double over the
left fielder, bringing home BRITT WRIGHT (walk, stolen
base) and Lovelady (single), who matched Beebe with
a 2-for-3 outing at the plate.
An inning later, HEATHER BREWER tripled to right. Wright
answered with an RBI double to left-center, eventually
scoring on a sacrifice fly by Wilson.
Meanwhile, Goff posted her second shutout of the season
in a 2-hit performance. Goff struck out 7 over 5 innings
and walked just one. Three different Griffins pitchers
have tossed shutouts this season.
Courtesy, Imperial Valley Press
IMPERIAL (3-7-10) Former Grossmont College
standout ANDREA HORTON, a 4-year letter-winner
in softball and basketball at Helix High, has been
named the new head softball coach at Imperial High
Playing on the new
$2.3-million softball complex at Rancho Santiago
College, which comes complete with an artificial playing
surface, Lovelady's second homer of the game unlocked
a 7th-inning tie, lifting Grossmont College to a 5-3
non-conference decision over the host Hawks.
The homer extended the team's winning streak to nine
games and gave the Griffins (11-1) their best start
in school history.
On opening day, Lovelady smacked two homers, but over
a pair of contests in a doubleheader sweep at the Glendale
Tournament. This time, she hit book-end shots, sending
a drive to center field in the 1st, then a 2-run shot
to left to break a 3-3 tie.
The second homer was needed after Rancho Santiago rallied
from a 3-0 deficit with three runs in the 6th, including
a pair of unearned markers. Included was the game-tying
run when Grossmont missed the tag on a rundown at third
base, so when a throw then went to second base to catch
the batter for what should've been a double play, the
runner at third took off for the plate and scored.
"We were talking about that play in the dugout
- we all wondered what happened," noted assistant
coach ANA LANDEROS. "But we didn't let it bother
Grossmont promptly responded with a leadoff double by
BRITT WRIGHT. Two batters later, Lovelady went to left
field with her fourth homer of the season, giving the
pitching victory to MELANIE GOFF.
Following Lovelady's first homer, Grossmont expanded
its lead with single runs in the 5th and 6th innings.
AMBER BEEBE led off the 5th with a base hit. She advanced
to third on groundouts by HEATHER BREWER and Wright,
then scored on a double over the center-fielder's head
by KYLEE WILSON.
An inning later, ALYSSA TAYLOR singled to center, then
Goff registered a basehit to right. A ground ball moved
both runners into scoring position, with Beebe then
capping a 3-for-3 performance with an RBI single to
However, Southwestern College allowed the Griffins
off the hook after the Jaguars hit KELLEY SEITZ with
a pitch with the bases loaded in the 8th inning, giving
Grossmont a 2-1 nod in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
action Friday (Mar. 5).
The victory gives the Griffins (10-1) their best start
in school history (9-1 last season, and 8-0 in 2007),
and not only leaves them in first place in the PCAC,
they are the only ballclub with a winning conference
record (pending two late contests which have not been
"We had trouble adjusting to their pitcher,"
noted Griffins assistant coach ANA LANDEROS. "She
wasn't terribly fast, but Southwestern wasn't hitting
Griffins pitcher MELANIE GOFF finished with her second
consecutive 3-hitter, but two of the hits occurred in
the 5th when the Jaguars tied the contest, including
an RBI double by Jessica Mendoza, who got in front of
a riseball on a shot to centerfield to score Vivianne
Grossmont struck early when BRITT WRIGHT opened the
ballgame with a walk, then circled the bases on a stolen
base, followed by an illegal pitch, then a run-scoring
basehit to left by ANGELA LOVELADY.
The fateful 8th looked like another scoreless frame
when KYLEE WILSON, who was hit by a pitch, was out at
the plate on the relay following Lovelady's double to
center field. However, the Griffins were the receivers
of several gifts to break the deadlock.
CAITLIN AIMALEFOA walked, then Lovelady and pinchrunner
ADRIANA CRUZ advanced into scoring position on a passed
ball. Following a pop out, ALYSSA TAYLOR walked to load
the bases, then Seitz was plunked by Nicole Fonteneaux
for the game-winning RBI.
Grossmont has a busy 5-game schedule next week, starting
with Monday's (Mar. 8) road contest at Santiago Canyon
College in Orange. The Griffins will open a 6-game homestand
with San Diego City on Wednesday (Mar. 10), San Diego
Mesa on Friday (Mar. 12), then a 3-way doubleheader
Saturday (Mar. 13) with Santa Ana and Long Beach.
Grossmont's Melanie Goff (Photo & Slideshow by Hugh Cox,
Palomar College media relations)
Anytime Grossmont College has been able to defeat perennial
PCAC frontrunner Palomar College by posting double figures
on the scoreboard, the Griffins were able to advance to
claim at least a share of the conference championship
So after the Griffins posted a 9-spot in the 3rd inning
en route to Friday's (Feb. 26) surprisingly easy 10-1
conquest of the Comets, was there anyone in the Grossmont
family already thinking about a title ring?
Hopefully not, but the victory did elevate Grossmont (9-1,
2-0 PCAC) into undisputed possession of first place after
Southwestern (8-11, 2-1) was clubbed by San Diego City,
10-2, for its first conference setback of the season.
To be fair, Palomar might argue the cause-and-effect which
set-up Grossmont's big inning moments after the Comets
tied the contest with an unearned due to three Griffins
"Errors! That was annoying," said assistant
coach ANA LANDEROS. "So we focused on our hitting
we were hitting the ball all over the place."
Following a leadoff walk to HEATHER BREWER, the ballgame
may have been decided on the very next pitch when BRITT
WRIGHT smacked a low liner off Comets pitcher Danielle
"The ball hit right off her pitching hand,"
noted Landeros. "So she had to come out of the
By the time the Palomar bullpen settled down in emergency
relief, Grossmont posted six additional hits in the
inning to put the mercy rule into effect.
With two runners on base when LeBeau exited, KYLEE WILSON
caught the already rattled Palomar defense napping with
a push bunt, which went unfielded until it rolled into
right field for a tie-breaking basehit.
Then the floodgates opened.
After ANGELA LOVELADY walked to load the bases, CAITLIN
AIMALEFOA singled to center for a 3-1 advantage, then
MELANIE GOFF doubled the lead with a 2-run double over
the head of the centerfielder.
ALYSSA TAYLOR walked to re-load the bases, setting up
a KELLY SEITZ bloop single which sailed over the shortstop
for another run.
Palomar finally registered an out on a fielder's choice
at the plate, but with the bases still loaded, Brewer
returned to the plate and blasted a 3-run triple. She
would later score on a Wilson basehit to center to cap
Brewer finished the day by going 2-for-2, with two runs
and three RBI.
Aimalefoa, who also singled home Brewer in the 1st,
matched Wright by going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI each.
Goff gained the pitching win for Grossmont, allowing
just three hits and an unearned run. She struck out
five in a game called after five innings.
Grossmont, in matching its 2009 start with nine wins
in 10 starts, is slated weather permitting
to participate in Sunday's second day of the Mt. San
Jacinto Tournament, to be held at the historic
Old West town of Winchester in south Riverside County.
The Griffins, on paper, are scheduled to meet Allan
Hancock at 9 a.m. in the first of two contests.
Wilson and Lovelady each batted 2-for-4 with a pair of
doubles and two RBI, powering Grossmont to Wednesday's
(Feb. 24) 5-3 victory in the school's conference opener.
The Griffins now own an 8-game winning streak over Mesa
since 2007 (and 10-of-11 dating back to 2006), outscoring
the Olympians, 57-14, during the span.
The first set of back-to-back double helped open the
scoring in the 3rd inning.
To counter the "small ball" play by Mesa,
BRITT WRIGHT led off with a bunt single.
Wilson and Lovelady followed with drives which reached
the fence in left-center field for a 2-0 lead. A wild
pitch would plate Lovelady with a third run.
In the 7th, HEATHER BREWER reached base on a dropped
fly ball in left field, advancing to second on a ground
ball by Wright.
With an open base at first, Mesa elected to pitch to
Wilson, who pounded another drive to deep left-center
for a 4-1 lead. Of course, following script, Lovelady
answered with an identical drive for another two-base
hit and a 5-1 cushion.
Mesa had two chances to steal the ballgame, but Grossmont
pitcher MELANIE GOFF shut the door.
The Olympians saw their first three batters reach in
the 1st, but Goff escaped the bases-loaded situation.
The first potential run on a passed ball turned into
an out when Wilson, the catcher, quickly recovered the
ball and fired to Goff covering at the plate.
Goff then registered a strikeout, then a tapper back
to the pitching circle for an easy groundout.
In the 7th, Mesa cut the Griffins lead in half with
a pair of runs, including an RBI groundout by first
baseball KELSEY ALVAREZ (Grossmont HS), plus another
marker on a wild pitch. However, with the potential
tying run at the plate, Goff coaxed a pop out, then
she registered the final of her six strikeouts.
Grossmont (8-1), which is off to its best start since
opening the 2007 season with an 8-0 mark, gets a major
test on Friday (Feb. 26) when they travel to meet Palomar
at 3 p.m.
L.A. Harbor Seahawks at Grossmont
Griffins (Slideshow by Lenny Gemar)
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS HERE
"And that included a win Thursday at Long Beach,"
said Grossmont College assistant coach ANA LANDEROS.
"And Beach is ranked 8th in Southern California."
Impressive statistics, for sure, but it didn't seem
to matter to Griffins pitcher MELANIE GOFF. The freshman
right-hander limited Harbor to just four basehits all
afternoon, as Grossmont cruised to a 7-0 shutout victory
Friday (Feb. 19).
Prior to the contest, the jersey and number for the
late Griffins standout KYRSTIN GEMAR was retired. Her
No. 73 hangs on the fence next to the team's third-base
Inscription: "#73 on the field, but #1 in our
A jersey retirement ceremony for Kyrstin Gemar
was held at Grossmont College on Friday. Head
coach Rick Trestrail (left) and Jim Spillers,
the Director of Athletics, carry a jersey box
for Gemar's parents. Meanwhile, members of the
college's women's fastpitch team Kylee
Wilson (l-r), Caitlin Aimalefoa (Gemar's prep
teammate) and Kelley Seitz present a
banner listing Gemar's uniform number. (Photo by Lenny Gemar)
Goff allowed just one Harbor baserunner to reach second
base all contest on a one-out double in the 5th. However,
she stranded the runner there in dominating the Seahawks,
who twice brought the potential game-tying run to the
plate, only to be thwarted.
"Melanie just smoked them she's just pitching
so well right now," added Landeros. "And Harbor
was supposed to be coming in hot after beating Long
The Griffins (7-1) then rewarded Goff by breaking open
a 2-0 contest with five runs in the 5th, with BRITT
WRIGHT serving as a key component to the rally
Wright started the inning with a triple down the right
field line. She scored when the Seahawks tried to cheat
on defense, bringing their shortstop in just in case
ANGELA LOVELADY tried to squeeze.
"But Angela also hit the ball hard in her previous
at-bat, so the left-fielder was also playing back by
the warning track," noted the coach.
Lovelady plunked the ball between the defenders for
a basehit for the RBI and extended her hitting streak.
Goff followed by smacking a low liner to shortstop.
Although the base umpire ruled a catch, the home plate
umpire over-ruled the call, as the play went for a run-scoring
AMBER BEEBE followed with a 2-run single to right,
HEATHER BREWER walked to re-load the bases, then Wright
capped the outburst with another walk to force in the
"Everyone is starting to hit and it's good
timing, too," said Landeros, who noted the team's
next ballgame will be the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
opener at San Diego Mesa this Wednesday (Feb. 24) at
The Griffins scored single runs in their first two
trips to the plate.
In the 1st, CAITLIN AIMALEFOA registered an RBI single.
An inning later, catcher KYLEE WILSON lifted a sacrifice
fly to score Goff, who singled to center, advanced to
second on a walk to Brewer, then to third on a bunt
single by Wright.
Harbor, ranked 15th in the Southland, saw its overall
record fall to 7-3.
Goff, a pitcher out of Mira Mesa, won both games
in a road doubleheader sweep over Chaffey, including
5 1/3 innings of shutout relief in the opener.
She also won the contest with her bat, slugging
a game-tying, 2-run triple, then later scoring
the go-ahead run.
In game two, after allowing a pair of unearned
runs in the 1st inning, Goff tossed 6 1/3 innings
of shutout ball to subdue the Panthers.
Friends and family of Griffins softball are asked to
attend the proceedings for Gemar, who lost her life
along with two other Dickinson (N.D.) State University
teammates in an auto accident last year. Gemar's number
(73) will be retired during the event.
Following a prep career at Clairemont High School,
Gemar played for Grossmont in 2006 and 2007, capturing
the Pacific Coast Conference championship during her
sophomore season to snap the long string of titles by
Palomar College. The starting third baseman twice captured
team MVP and all-PCC laurels, ranking among the state
top 10 in several offensive categories, including home
runs (7), doubles (16), RBI (39) and slugging percentage
Gemar was recruited by DSU, sitting out the '08 season
to rehab an injury, then exploded back onto the scene
in '09 with a .475 batting average, with 10 homers,
38 RBI and a .925 slugging percentage.
Grossmont Griffins at Chaffey
Panthers (Slideshow by Lenny Gemar)
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS HERE
The Griffins rallied for a 9-4 victory in the opener,
then skated to a 5-2 decision in the nightcap over the
winless Panthers (0-7), which are obviously struggling
following a third-place finish in the Foothill Conference
Meanwhile, Grossmont (6-1) own the best record among
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference ballclubs in the early
going in an attempt to regain the conference title captured
in both 2007 and 2008.
In game one, Goff did damage on both offense and defense.
After entering the game to pitch in the 2nd inning,
she shutout Chaffey over the final 5 1/3 innings. On
offense, she delivered in the 4th, belting a game-tying,
2-run triple to right-center field, then scoring what
proved to be the game-winning run when HEATHER BREWER
(El Capitan) lined a double over the head of the left-fielder.
Aimalefoa later belted a solo homer in the 5th, then
added a 3-run homer to open the scoring in game two
to back Goff's complete-game victory. ANGELA LOVELADY
(Granite Hills) also registered a run-scoring basehit
for the G-House.
The victories raised Grossmont's mark to 4-1, while
the hapless Eagles fell to 0-5.
In the opener, San Diego City College transfer CAITLIN
AIMALEFOA blasted a tape-measure grand slam, capping
a 7-run outburst in the 1st inning.
"I moved to a better team, with more depth and
more pitching," said Aimalefoa, who prepped at
Clairemont High. "This team works hard almost all
of the time."
Aimalefoa's shot cleared the 18-foot high scoreboard
in left-center field, landing in the Grossmont College
Maintenance Dept. equipment station an estimated
drive of more than 250 feet.
The homer will aid Aimalefoa in her battle with teammate
KELLEY SEITZ for the starting berth at first base.
"Whoever performs the best will deserve the spot,"
said the nursing major. "Both of us can hit."
In addition, BRITTANY WRIGHT, who recently relocated
from Texas, batted 3-for-4 with a pair of triples, while
ALYSSA TAYLOR popped a 2-run homer in the 3rd inning
for Grossmont, making a winner of starting pitcher KELLIE
In Game 2, a last-minute decision by the coaching staff
found STEPHANIE BOURLET making her collegiate pitching
debut, tossing a 2-hit shutout at Mt. San Jacinto. She
struck out five in a contest called after 5 innings
by run rule.
ANGELA LOVELADY scored four times after smacking a
pair of doubles and walking twice, as the Griffins batted
around twice while scoring 12 times in the 3rd.
Earlier in the day, Glendale officials told Grossmont
that after they complete pool play against Long Beach,
they could then play either Imperial Valley or San Diego
City, both Pacific Coast Athletic Conference rivals.
The coaching staff declined, effectively eliminating
many of the afternoon ballgames.
The Gauchos imposed the time limit rule anyway, which
didn't give Grossmont one final opportunity to rally.
The Vikings scored three times in the 1st inning, two
unearned, only to watch the Griffins tie it in the second
thanks to a mammoth, 3-run homer by HEATHER BREWER.
Designated player CAITLIN AIMALEFOA opened the inning
with an infield single on a blooper which landed between
the pitcher and the shortstop. KELLEY SEITZ reached
on a fielder's choice, then AMBER BEEBE singled to center.
Brewer then sent a shot beyond the left fielder to the
fence-less outfield to circle the bases.
Long Beach scored another unearned run in the 2nd,
then both pitchers and both defenses settled
in. Griffins pitcher MELANIE GOFF allowed just four
singles the rest of the way, but the offense failed
to score after loading the bases in the 4th, 5th and
6th, then got slighted in their 7th-inning at-bats.
Aimalefoa went 2-for-2 with a double, while Seitz,
the first baseman, also posted a pair of basehits among
nine by Grossmont (2-1).
The Griffins will host a pair of events next week,
both starting at 1 p.m.
On Wednesday (Feb. 3), they will play a doubleheader
against Mt. San Jacinto. Then on Friday (Feb. 5), the
school will entertain Saddleback, which will feature
a special pregame event when the school will retire
the number (73) of former star KYRSTIN GEMAR, who lost
her life in an auto accident last year while attending
Dickinson State (N.D.) University.
Griffins dominate in tournament openers Lovelady slams homers in both contests
The Griffins made short work over a pair of opponents
in Friday's (Jan. 29) opening round of the Glendale
College Tournament, pasting the hosts 8-3, then downing
a pathetically poor team from College of the Desert,
How bad are the Roadrunners? They lost their season
opener to Saddleback by a count of 32-5, but at least
Grossmont was carried by the arm of pitcher KELLIE
WATSON, who struck out a pair in posting a 2-hit shutout.
Meanwhile, first baseman KELLEY SEITZ batted 2-for-4
with a 2-run single in the 6th inning.
The day's batting star was shortstop ANGELA LOVELADY,
who pumped home runs in each contest.
In the opener against the Gauchos, Lovelady sent a
bomb to left field in the 4th to give Grossmont a 3-0
lead. The Griffins then added five markers in the 5th,
including a pair off a double by AMBER BEEBE.
MELANIE GOFF gained the victory in her collegiate debut,
yielding just four hits and striking out a pair.
Grossmont (2-0) will meet Long Beach to close out pool
play in a 9.a.m. start Saturday (Jan. 30), then will
play an opponent from the opposite pool later in the
The Griffins, who saw their 2010 opener against Cerritos
get red-lined due to wet grounds Wednesday (Jan. 27),
hold the perfect balance on their roster, which features
five returning sophomores, six freshmen, and a trio
Its what youre always looking for
to maintain continuity in your program, said Grossmont
assistant coach ANA LANDEROS. And we have talented
players at every position.
Although the starting line-up is drastically different
than what was originally penciled in during fall ball,
the pieces re-shaped quickly into a unit which hopes
to recapture a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship
they won in 2007 and 2008 following last seasons
A reconfiguration of the infield finds the LOVELADY
sisters AMBER and ANGELA anchoring the
middle. Amber transferred to Grossmont from Southwestern.
Amber will start the season as second base, while Angela,
who starred at Granite Hills in 2009, is the shortstop.
ALYSSA TAYLOR, a Santee resident who played for La
Jolla last season, is the lone freshman among the position
players at third base, while power hitter KELLEY SEITZ
(Valhalla) will share starting duties at first base
with San Diego City College transfer CAITLIN AIMALEFOA.
Both are power hitters, too.
In the outfield, El Capitan product HEATHER BREWER,
who improved tremendously over the second half of the
season, will start in right. AMBER BEEBE (Santana) gets
the nod in left, with center to be taken by Northern
California transfer BRITT WRIGHT (Chabot College).
The only position we thought we had a problem
was catcher, noted Landeros. Then we found
out KYLEE WILSON can catch.
Wilson, who once won a SDCIF championship at Granite
Hills, was known as an outfielder in high school, but
will don the gear for the Griffins despite her diminutive
The pitching staff includes returnee KELLIE WATSON,
who was the youngest college player in the nation at
any level last season. Watson will be joined by a motivated
right-hander in MELANE GOFF.
A Mira Mesa product, Goff was ticketed to Arkansas,
but a new Razorbacks coaching staff cleaned house without
looking at the freshman, so she returned home with a
chip on her shoulder in order to prove those coaches
wrong and again work hard for a Division I scholarship.
Grossmont (29-9, 10-2 PCAC) will now open the season
in this weekends Glendale College Tournament.
The Griffins will meet College of the Desert, Long Beach
and the host Gauchos in the pool play portion of the
event, which opens Friday (Jan. 29). The new home opener
is slated for next Wednesday (Feb. 3) in a 1 p.m. doubleheader
with Mt. San Jacinto.
2010 Grossmont College Women's Fastpitch Roster
Eagle Pass HS, Texas
San Diego City Coll.
Trestrail. Assistants: Ana Landeros, Bruce
Grossmont College hosts Gemar memorial
A public memorial service for former Grossmont College
softball player Kyrstin Gemar, 22, will be held Saturday
(Nov. 14) at 11 a.m., at the college's Main Quad area.
(where graduation ceremonies are traditionally held).
More than 500 people are expected to attend. Following
the memorial service, internment will be held at El
Camino Memorial Park in Sorrento Valley.
Gemar, 22, along with Afton Williamson, 20, of Lake
Elsinore, and Ashley Neufeld, 21, of Brandon, Manitoba,
were found in Gemar's white 1997 Jeep Cherokee at the
bottom of a 12-foot deep pond on a farm outside of Dickinson,
Around 11:20 p.m. CT Sunday, the group twice called
a friend for help, about one minute apart, before the
line cut out on Sunday according to Dickinson police.
One woman was difficult to understand during a 40-second
call, with the friend telling authorities of hearing
the woman say they were near a lake and water.
A 2007 file photo of Kyrstin
a game-winning sacrifice fly for the Griffins. (Photo by Lenny Gemar)
On Monday, authorities searched a 30-mile radius of a
cell phone tower north of Dickinson where the calls came
through, using three airplanes and officers on the ground.
The search included Patterson Lake, located about 100
miles west of Bismarck and 60 miles east of the Montana
state line. The air search was called off after dark.
It was determined that Gemar and one of the other women
attempted to call for assistance from an air bubble
inside the submerged vehicle before tragically drowning.
No determination on how the vehicle went into the lake
has been announced.
"A couple of our former players knew about them
being missing Monday, so we were hoping all day for
them using the present tense when talking positive
about them," said Griffins assistant coach ANA
LANDEROS. "Then we heard the news it's so
It was the second major disaster for the Gemar family
recently. Last year, their house burned down in a fire.
"Their family is so awesome, and now this happened,"
added Landeros. "There isn't much you can say."
Kyrstin Gemar: A retrospective (Slideshow by Lenny Gemar)
Along with her outstanding pitching to guide the Griffins
to a stellar 24-6 regular-season record, Gemar's batting
power saw her set a school record for home runs, leading
the ballclub in slugging percentage. She was also the
team MVP following her freshman year in 2006.
The combination of talents saw several colleges make
her scholarship offers, yet Gemar selected a small NAIA
school to continue her college career.
"Krystin was used exclusively as a designated
hitter while rehabbing her shoulder," Landeros
added about the former All-Pacific Coast Conference
pitcher, who unseated Palomar for the 2007 conference
championship. "But she was going to pitch again
Since a person can only participate in two seasons
at community colleges, most members of the current Grossmont
roster did not know Gemar. The lone player who did is
San Diego City College transfer first baseman Caitlin
Aimalefoa, who was a teammate at Clairemont High School.
Dickinson State features several local players on the
roster of the nationally ranked Blue Hawks. Included
are former Steele Canyon High outfielder VANESSA ADAME,
and former Grossmont College and Granite Hills High
pitcher CHARNEL ZETSCH.
A 2007 file photo of (l-r) Kyrstin
Gemar, Marissa Utley, and Lauren Hastings
celebrating another victory after the Griffins
raised their record to 6-0. (Photo by Lenny Gemar)
Editor's Note: By coincidence, Lenny Gemar, Krystin's
father, was the official
team photographer in 2007, while also supplying
photos for East County Sports.
The Usual Suspects...
2007 PCC Fastpitch Champions
Grossmont College 2007
Pacific Coast Conference women's fastpitch champions. (Photo by Lenny Gemar)
x-clinched PCAC championship.
Sun., May 9
Southern California Super Regionals
At Cerritos: Mt. San Antonio 5, Fullerton 3 (8 inn.);
Mt. San Antonio 5, Fullerton 1
At Cypress: Cypress 15, Saddleback 1 (5 inn.)
Sat., May 8 Southern California Super Regionals
At Cerritos College, Norwalk
Mt. San Antonio 5, Grossmont 2
Fullerton 4, Cerritos 1 Mt.
San Antonio 6, Cerritos 5
At Cypress College, Cypress
Riverside df. East L.A.
Cypress 10, Saddleback 2 (6 inn.)
Saddleback 4, Riverside 3
Sat., May 8 Southern California Super Regionals
At Cerritos College, Norwalk
Mt. San Antonio 5, Grossmont 2
Fullerton 4, Cerritos 1 Mt.
San Antonio 6, Cerritos 5
At Cypress College, Cypress
Riverside df. East L.A.
Cypress 10, Saddleback 2 (6 inn.)
Saddleback 4, Riverside 3
Fri., May 7 - First Round Southern California Super Regionals
At Cerritos College, Norwalk Cerritos 5, Grossmont 3
Fullerton 12, Mt. San Antonio 4 (6 inn.) At Cypress College, Cypress
Cypress 4, Riverside 2
Saddleback 6, East Los Angeles 1 Southland Regional (Best-of-3) Sun., May 2
Grossmont 9, College of the Canyons 8 (8 inn.) (Griffins
win series 2-0)
Cerritos 9, Chaffey 0 (5 inn.) (Falcons win series 2-0)
Mt. San Antonio 9, Ventura 3 (Mounties win series 2-0)
Fullerton 3, Citrus 0 (series tied 1-1)
Fullerton 4, Citrus 3 (9 inn.) (Hornets win series 2-1)
Antelope Valley 4, East Los Angeles 1 (series tied 1-1)
East Los Angeles 12, Antelope Valley 0 (5 inn.) (Huskies
win series 2-1)
Palomar 4, Saddleback 3 (series tied 1-1)
Saddleback 8, Palomar 5 (Gauchos win series 2-1)
Riverside 5, L.A. Harbor 1 (Tigers win series 2-0)
Cypress 2, Moorpark 0 (Chargers win series 2-0)
Sat., May 1 Grossmont 6, College of the Canyons 5 (Griffins lead
Cerritos 10, Chaffey 0 (5 inn.) (Falcons lead series 1-0)
Mt. San Antonio 7, Ventura 2 (Mounties lead series 1-0)
Citrus 1, Fullerton 0 (Owls lead series 1-0)
East Los Angeles 1, Antelope Valley 0 (Huskies lead series
Saddleback 3, Palomar 2 (Gauchos lead series 1-0)
Riverside 2, L.A. Harbor 0 (8 inn.) (Tigers lead series
Cypress 7, Moorpark 1 (Chargers lead series 1-0)