COMMUNITY COLLEGE ROUNDUP : Cypress Coach Pickler Gets His 250th Victory


Cypress Coach Brad Pickler reached a milestone Monday, but it was of secondary interest to him.

The most important part of Cypress' 2-0 Orange Empire Conference softball victory was that it moved the host Chargers into sole possession of first place.

Jennifer Johnson had two run-scoring singles to help propel Pickler to his 250th victory. In seven seasons, he is 250-100.

Dena Villasenor (12-3) pitched a two-hitter with six strikeouts for Cypress (39-16, 12-3 in conference), which holds a one-game lead over Orange Coast (19-11, 11-4) and Fullerton (11-4). Cypress is at Fullerton for a 3 p.m. game Wednesday. Cypress took two of three from OCC and had split two conference games with Fullerton.

Kerry Moloney singled in the first inning, was sacrificed to second and went to third on a single by Carrie Frederick. With two outs, Johnson hit a soft liner up the middle that OCC second baseman Stephani Rogers dived for the ball, but it was jarred loose when she hit the ground.

Cypress, which had 10 hits and stranded 13 runners, got another run in the fifth.


In other Orange Empire Conference games:

Fullerton 7, Golden West 0--Janalyn Bloomfield had two hits and three RBIs for Fullerton (23-9-1, 11-4).

Rancho Santiago 1, Saddleback 0--Lee Ann Morretino drove in the winning run in the seventh for host Rancho Santiago (15-17, 8-7). With the bases loaded and one out, Morretino lined the ball to right. She was forced at first, but Teri Henning scored the winning run. Saddleback is 21-13, 6-9.

In Orange Empire Conference golf:

Saddleback 366, Palomar 379, Cypress 397, Fullerton 407--Scott Richardson shot a five-under 67 for Saddleback (18-1) at Lake San Marcos Country Club.

Riverside 384, Rancho Santiago 386, S.D. Mesa 388--Neal Morash shot par 72 at Mile Square for Rancho Santiago.

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