The College of San Mateo softball team entered the double-elimination California Community College Athletic Association state championships in Bakersfield over the weekend with just two losses. However, it only took two games in the state playoffs to add two more losses to the Bulldogs’ record.
Despite a home run and double from Natalie Saucedo, CSM was officially eliminated from the state championships with an 8-6 loss to Santiago Canyon College (Orange) on Saturday. CSM’s Ashlynne Neil allowed seven earned runs and was taken out in the fourth inning of the loss.
Saturday’s loss came on the heels of CSM (42-4) dropping a 9-5 decision to Mt. San Antonio College (Walnut) on Friday in the first game of the state championships. Against Mt. San Antonio, CSM fell behind 5-0 in the first inning and could never claw all the way back despite home runs from Saucedo and Lelani Akai.
CSM came into the weekend as Northern California’s top seed and riding a 12-game winning streak.
Sierra College (Rocklin) won the state championship with a a 6-5 victory against Mt. San Antonio on Sunday.