SAN MARCOS — The Antelope Valley College softball team dropped a non-conference doubleheader to Palomar, which is ranked No. 5 in the state, on Saturday.

The Marauders (10-7) played a tight game against the Comets (15-2), but fell 4-3 in the first game. AVC left the tying run on base in the seventh inning.

In the second game, the Marauders lost 8-0 in six innings, picking up just one hit against former Highland pitcher Catalina Aguilar. 

“The first game was a great game … playoff atmosphere,” AVC coach Cindy Vargas said. “We played well and it was a very competitive game. The second game, not so much, but proud of the girls.”

In the second game, AVC’s Briana Garrett picked up her team’s lone hit with two outs in the first inning. That was the only baserunner for the Marauders.

Aguilar allowed one hit, no walks and struck out four in six innings.

In the first game, AVC led 1-0 until the fourth inning. The game was tied at 2 in the sixth before Palomar picked up two runs to take a 4-2 lead. Isabelle Gomez hit a two-out RBI single in the seventh to bring in pinch runner Ariana Gonzales to bring the Marauders within one, 4-3. But the last batter popped up to end the game.

AVC’s Pricilla Gomez Lopez went 2-for-3 with a double to leadoff the seventh inning and an RBI earlier in the game, while Maritza Arroyo finished 2-for-2 with a double, an RBI and a sacrifice.

Garrett took the loss in the circle, allowing four runs on 11 hits and four walks with two strikeouts in six innings.

“It was great for our girls to experience playing with one of the best teams in the state,” Vargas said.

The Marauders have a big week ahead as they return to Western State Conference play at Barstow on Tuesday, followed by a makeup game at home against Citrus on Wednesday and another home game against College of the Canyons on Thursday.

Men’s Volleyball

Moorpark 3, AVC 0

MOORPARK — The Antelope Valley College men’s volleyball team lost to Moorpark College, 25-19, 25-15, 25-18, in a Western State Conference match on Friday.

Julian Green led the Marauders (1-8, 0-4 WSC) with eight kills, while Matthew Lee picked up six kills and three blocks, Brandon Holderbach-Lee contributed 20 assists, three blocks and six digs and Joshua Chavez added six digs.

AVC returns home to play Santa Barbara at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

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