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The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

SRJC Softball picks up statement win against Diablo Valley College

Yna Bollock
Olivia Gabriel singles out to right field at the bottom of the fourth inning against Diablo Valley College at Santa Rosa’s Marv Mayes Field, Tuesday, March 12, 2024.

The stars led the way for the Santa Rosa Junior College softball team in a commanding win over Diablo Valley College on Tuesday at Marv Mayes field.

The Bear Cubs headed into Tuesday’s matchup with a 9-7 record, having lost five of their previous seven and looking to shift their momentum against the struggling 2-15 Vikings.

“We don’t take anybody lightly,” said head coach Madison Green.

Ace Jordan Baughn was the starting pitcher for the Bear Cubs. She struck out the side in the top of the first, setting the tone for the rest of her outing.

She would strike out six total in five shutout innings, allowing four hits and one walk. Baughn picked up her fifth win of the season and lowered her season ERA to an impressive 2.58 in 59 ⅔ innings.

Star slugger and catcher Haley Wyatt opened up the scoring early by launching a towering two-run homer to give the Bear Cubs a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

The home run was Wyatt’s seventh of the year. On the year she’s batting a whopping .460 while leading the Big 8 conference in home runs and RBIs, of which she has 24.

After a quiet second and third inning, the Bear Cubs added a run in the bottom of the fourth on a double steal that scored second baseman Esperanza Marquez.

Another run scored in the inning on an RBI triple from shortstop Mallory O’Keefe. After four innings, the Bear Cubs led 4-0.

SRJC increased the lead to 5-0 the following inning on a sacrifice fly from third baseman Sophia Uricoechea.

Jessica Hernandez took over for Baughn in the top of the sixth. In 20 and ⅓ innings, Hernandez has a microscopic 1.38 ERA on the season.

Hernandez allowed the first Diablo Valley run on a sac fly by second baseman Ori Rinne to cut the Bear Cubs lead to 5-1.

The Bear Cubs answered in the bottom of the sixth when left fielder Hailey Martin drew a bases-loaded walk to increase the lead to 6-1.

Diablo Valley made things interesting in the top of the seventh when Lenaya Walton drove an RBI single up the middle to make it 6-2.

Hernandez locked in for the final two outs, getting back to back pop ups to seal the 6-2 win for SRJC.
“We played well,” said Green. “We did what we needed to win and got all 15 [players] in the game.”

The Bear Cubs will play a doubleheader against Sacramento City College on Thursday and look to secure their first pair back-to-back wins since Feb 22.

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Oliver Kindt
Oliver Kindt, Reporter
Oliver Kindt (he/him) is a journalism major in his second semester at SRJC and first at The Oak Leaf. He is an aspiring sports writer who will be covering primarily baseball and softball this spring.
Yna Bollock
Yna Bollock, Reporter
Yna Bollock is in her first semester with the Oak Leaf. She has been working on prerequisites for the last two semesters and is elated to begin major specific requirements for the journalism program, specifically photojournalism. Prior to pursuing a photojournalism degree, she graduated from SRJC’s culinary program in 2013. In 2020, following a layoff from the hospitality industry, Yna graduated from the CNA program in June in an effort to stay gainfully employed throughout the pandemic. Now in 2024, she is on track to graduate with a bachelor’s of arts in photojournalism.

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