IVC softball is shut out by Palomar Comets

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Palomar Comet outfielders chase a hard hit ball by Imperial Valley College’s Victoria Martinez (#23) during their game April 19. IVC lost to Palomar 11-0.

IMPERIAL – Imperial Valley College (IVC) softball hosted the Palomar Comets April 19 in a game where the Comets defeated IVC with a shut out score of 11-0.

In the top of the first, the Comets found themselves in optimum position with a lead off hit by Samantha Smith (#23), who crushed the ball up the second base gap, sending it to center field. Up next, Dionne Macias hit a towering line drive over left field, putting Smith in scoring position.

Then Palomar’s Taylor Willis (#4) stepped up to the plate, connecting with the ball for a hard hit that got through the infield, scoring Smith, and giving the Comets an early lead in the first inning.

In the rest of the top half of the first inning, the Comets brought in two more runs, giving them a 3-0 lead over IVC.

IVC led off with hits by the top of the line-up, but failed to bring in runs and sent the game to the second inning with the Comets still in the lead 3-0.

The game remained scoreless until the fifth inning, when the Comets led off with a bunt by Marissa Herrera (#6), for a single. The Comets’ Lexi Williams (#9) also bunted for a single, advancing Herrera to second. Up next for the Comets, Moriah Lopez (#29) hit a high fly ball to center field, allowing Herrera and Williams to cross home for two RBIs, making the score 5-0.

To close out the inning, Lopez advanced to third, where she then stole home on a wild pitch, giving the Comets a six run lead over IVC.

Going into the bottom of the fifth, IVC started off strong with a lead off double by Rebeka Jimenez (#20) after a shot to left field. Up next, Maritza Rojas (#10) found first base with a successful bunt. But with runners on base, IVC failed to bring them across the plate, leaving the score 6-0.

In the sixth inning, the Comets got into another rally that sent five runs across the plate, bringing the final score for the afternoon to 11-0.

With this loss, IVC drops to an 18-8 record, and the lady Arabs will move on to host the San Diego City College Knights for their final game of the season.