Community College Softball : Palomar Falls in State Final
Rancho Santiago College defeated Palomar, 2-0, at Napa College Sunday to win the state community college softball championship for the second straight season.
Sophomore pitcher Kim Martin, who did not allow an earned run in the tournament, threw a one-hitter. She finished with a 26-2 record and was named the tournament’s most valuable pitcher. Her 26 victories are a school record.
Rancho Santiago’s Laura Janzen doubled in Chris Makimoto in the bottom of the fourth inning for the game-winning run. Sandy Martinez, who went 9 for 12 in the tournament, added an insurance run with a single in the fifth. The losing pitcher was Danena Badillo.
Four Dons, in addition to Martin, were named to the tournament’s all-star team: catcher Julie Hurtado, third baseman Janzen, and outfielders Christy Alvarez and Lorraine Kalehuawehe.
Rancho Santiago finished with a 42-5 record, tying the school’s mark for most victories. The Dons were 42-3 last year.