Glendora, CA (Softball) -- In games decided by two runs or less, the Citrus College softball team was 5-7, and in extra inning games, the Lady Owls were 1-3 this season. Citrus’ 2009 season came to a close on Tuesday evening, and like it’s been all year long, the Lady Owls were on the doorstep and weren’t able to get across the threshold, losing 4-5 in extra innings to LA Mission College.
Things didn’t start off swimmingly for Citrus, as Mission brought the bats along for their trip to Glendora, recording 10 hits and four runs in the first four innings. Despite the rocky start, sophomore Kelly Martin settled down and started to get things rolling giving up just four hits and one run the rest of the way.
Much like Martin’s pitching, the Citrus offense was slow in getting started. The Lady Owls did manage a run in the first thanks to a Martin RBI single through the right side, but after six innings, Citrus still trailed 4-2.
Chasing a pair of runs, the Lady Owls went into the bottom of the seventh inning with their season threatening to end with a loss. Citrus wouldn’t go quietly though, using a pair of Mission errors and pair of Citrus singles to cut the lead to one run with the bases still loaded.
Needing another run to send the game into extra innings, Martin stepped to the plate and sent a deep fly ball to left field that scored Tiffany Alvarez from third and sent the game into extra innings.
After Martin set the Eagles down in order in the top of the eighth, the Lady Owls came to the plate looking to end the game. Sophomore Ashley Corrigan kicked things off with a single through the left side and a stolen base, but after that Citrus went down three in a row, leaving her stranded at third base.
In the top of the ninth, Mission broke through scoring on a Martin wild pitch, giving the Eagles a 5-4 advantage. Citrus came back and threatened again in the bottom of the ninth loading up the bases for Corrigan with two outs. It wouldn’t be meant to be though, as Corrigan flied out to center field, ending the game and the year for Citrus.
Martin would get credited with the loss, finishing the season a very respectable 17-13. With the loss, Citrus fell to 23-22 overall and 12-10 in WSC Blue Division play.