Southwestern College scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to break a 2-2 tie and beat San Bernardino Valley College 4-2 in softball Friday at Chavez Park in Colton.
It was the final home game of the season for the Wolverines' softball team, which honored its four sophomores before the game. After the pre-game ceremony, the two teams got down to business.
Friday's high winds played havoc on both teams on defense. The Jaguars got on the board in the first thanks in part to the weather conditions. Cassie Van Til led off the game hitting a ball high up in the air in the infield. The wind blew the ball around so it dropped harmlessly in the infield for a hit. Samantha Miller followed with a bunt, that was thrown away allowing Van Til to move up an extra base. Trudie Nixon followed with a pop up of her own. The Wolverines' Gabrielle Ursuy fought off the wind to get the ball in her glove, but it popped out, allowing Van Til to score. Ursuy recovered to get the force on Miller at second.
The Jaguars extended their lead to 2-0 in the second, but the Wolverines tied it in the third. Angelica Macias led off the inning reaching on an error, then moved to second on Evangelina Mosqueda's single up the middle. Arterean Williams -- better known as B.B. -- bunted the runners over for SBVC's top hitter, Allysia Victorino. Victorino slammed the ball into right-center, scoring both runners to tie the game, but she was thrown out at second trying to advance on the throw home.
It stayed that way until the sixth. Megan Malwitz led off the inning with a walk, and was bunted over to second by pinch hitter Olivia Hanke. Van Til followed with a double to the fence in center to score Malwitz with the go-ahead run.
The Wolverines tried to rally in both the sixth and seventh innings, but a pair of two-out baserunners was all they could muster.
SBVC will play its last four games on the road in three days next week, taking on College of the Desert on Wednesday, then making up a rained out game with Rio Hondo on Thursday. They will close with a doubleheader at Grossmont -- which includes a make-up for another rain out -- on Friday.