LANCASTER — The Antelope Valley College softball team swept a nonconference doubleheader against Bakersfield on Saturday, 15-2 and 2-0, as freshman pitcher Briana Garrett threw a perfect game in the finale at Antelope Valley College.
Garrett had 11 strikeouts for the Marauders (14-7) in the 2-0 victory in a pitcher’s duel against Bakersfield’s Kylee Fahy, who leads the state with 129 strikeouts and had eight strikeouts against AVC.
“She was phenomenal,” AVC coach Cindy Vargas said of Garrett. “She wanted it. She knew who her competitor was. I’m speechless really.”
Kaitlyn Cronin and Camrynn Stanbro both hit RBI singles for the Marauders in the victory. Cronin went 1-for-3 with an RBI single and Stanbro was also 1-for-3 with a single that drove in Garrett, who had also reached on a single. Jessica Munoz finished 1-for-2 with a run scored.
“It was just an outstanding game,” Vargas said. “We played some great defense. It was exciting for our team and exciting for our program.”
AVC sophomore left fielder Aricka Price made a diving catch in left field early in the game to preserve the perfect game.
The Marauders got an early preview of Fahy, as the Bakersfield pitcher entered the game in relief during the Marauders’ 15-2 win in five innings.
AVC scored three runs on three hits against Fahy.
“We saw her a little bit,” Vargas said. “We hit her decent in that game.”
AVC pitcher Isabelle Gomez earned the win in the mercy-rule victory, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks in four innings, striking out one.
Garrett went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs in the victory, Stanbro was 3-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored and Gomez and Munoz both hit doubles.
AVC is undefeated in the Western State East Conference with a 4-0 record, while Bakersfield is 6-0 in the Western State North Conference.
AVC will play a conference game at Barstow on Monday