LANCASTER — The Antelope Valley College softball team swept a doubleheader against Southwestern, 6-5 and 16-11, in non-conference games on Friday.

The day was interesting for the Marauders (8-5), who had several ill and injured players and also had to endure some strange calls in the second game.

AVC starting pitcher Briana Garrett allowed four runs on seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts in five innings, despite suffering through a bad cold which made it hard for her to breathe. 

She was replaced by Isabelle Gomez, who allowed one run on three hits with one strikeout in two innings and earned the victory when her team scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to erase a 5-3 deficit and take a 6-5 lead.

“Izzy came in and did a great job,” AVC coach Cindy Vargas said. “That was nice to see them overcome some adversity.”

Kaitlyn Cronin hit a 2-run home run for the Marauders, while Gomez went 3-for-4, Garrett was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Camrynn Stanbro finished 3-for-3 and Syann Winbush was 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

Gomez started the second game, but allowed seven runs, five earned, on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 3.2 innings.

“Our defense did not support her,” Vargas said.

AVC had three errors in the game, but the bats picked up the slack as they pounded up 17 hits.

“The bats were just amazing,” Vargas said. 

Stanbro was 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs, while Garrett went 3-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs and Rosie Marquez also homered. Pricilla Gomez Lopez also hit a three-run shot that landed on the roof of the SOAR High School buildings beyond right field. 

“She crushed it,” Vargas said.

The Marauders were warned for excessive celebrating after an earlier home run and were told they couldn’t step into fair territory until the home run hitter touched home plate. 

After celebrating and heading back to the dugout the umpire called the team for excessive celebrating again and Gomez Lopez’s run did not count, despite hitting a home run.

Gomez and Winbush each finished 2-for-5 with an RBI, while Gomez Lopez was 2-for-3 with a double, Jessica Munoz finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and Alyssa Tami hit a double.

Despite her illness, Garrett wanted to finish out the game in the circle. The two teams were tied at 11 after 5½ frames before a run in the fifth and four more in the sixth helped the Marauders pull away.

Garrett allowed two hits and one walk with two strikeouts and was not charged with a run in 2.1 innings to pick up the win.

“She wanted the ball in that fifth inning,” Vargas said. “She pitched well and she’s just a baller. They all were today.”

Southwestern played the second game under protest after their pitchers kept getting called for a two-second violation — the rule is to prevent quick pitches.

AVC returns to Western State Conference play at home against Victor Valley College at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Swimming

VALENCIA — The Quartz Hill girls and boys swim teams lost to Valencia, which is three divisions higher than the Rebels, on the road in a non-league meet on Friday.

The girls lost 124-46, while the boys fell 128-42. 

But the Rebels swam well, earning eight CIF times on the girls side and nine CIF times on the boys side.

“Fast competition breeds fast times and the proof was there tonight,” Quartz Hill coach Brian Reed said.

Freshman Emily Drossel picked up the only two wins for the Rebels in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle. Drossel won the 200 with a CIF automatic qualifying time of 1 minute, 56.90 seconds, and added another CIF automatic qualifying time in the 100 with a 54.47.

Drossel was also a part of the 400 free relay, which included Kiana Henriquez, Allyson Avant and Madison Stines, that picked up an automatic qualifying time (4:03.82).

On the boys side, Quartz Hill freshman Sebastian Petho finished second in the 200 free with a CIF consideration time of 1:53.80 and also finished second in the 500 free with an automatic qualifying time (5:08.38).

All three of the Rebels swimmers in the boys 500 free earned CIF times. Alistaire Martin posted a consideration time of 5:29.64, while Keith Karunaratne had a consideration time of 5:40.73.

Martin also finished third in the 100 free with a CIF consideration time of 58.75.

The Rebels return to Golden League play on Wednesday when they host Lancaster at Marie Kerr Park.

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