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Softball Enjoys Year of Firsts

This spring the Santiago Canyon College (SCC) softball team enjoyed its best season in school history. The Hawks (38-8), led by head coach Lisa Camarco, set a school record with 38 wins, captured the team's first-ever Orange Empire Conference (OEC) title, won its first Southern California Regional and Super Regional championships and finished third at the 2014 California Community College Athletic Associate (CCCAA) State Softball Championships held at Bakersfield College, May 16-18.

Three unearned runs doomed the Hawks in their state tournament opener where they fell to eventual state-champion Sierra College, 3-1. SCC bounced back with an 8-6 win over College of San Mateo before Mt. San Antonio College ended the Hawks season with a 12-4 decision. Three SCC team members received State Championship All-Tournament team accolades in McRae Cayton, Tori Duquette, and Sydney Abounassar.

In just its eighth season as a program, SCC has established itself as a league contender having won its first OEC Championship with a 17-4 record. The Hawks edged out district-rival Santa Ana College and Riverside City College for the conference’s top spot. SCC’s success on the field also contributed to post-season accolades where six Hawks were named all-conference. Head coach Lisa Camarco was also recognized as the conference’s Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year and third time in her tenure.

The Hawks were led by first team all-conference selection and OEC Pitcher of the Year Carly Wade who finished conference play with a 1.40 ERA and a 13-3 record. In 18 OEC starts, Wade pitched 13 complete games while amassing a total of 105 innings pitched. Joining Wade on the first team was outfielder McCrae Cayton.

Four Hawks were named second team all-OEC in Sydney Abounassar (infielder), catcher Madison Smith, infielder Tori Duquette and outfielder Victoria White.

This spring the Hawks made their second consecutive trip to the playoffs and captured their first-ever Southern California Regional and Super Regional titles. SCC swept Cuesta College in the best-of-three regional series, 8-0 and 12-4, before knocking off Cerritos and Santa Ana College twice to secure its first Southern California Super Regionals title and CCCAA Softball Championships berth.

 The SCC softball program is one of eight team sports offered by the college. The others include: men’s and women’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s track & field. To learn more about the SCC athletic program, visit www.sccollege.edu/athletics.