Monday, May 21, 2012

Third Time's (Also) a Charm: Chargers Three-peat CA Championship [Updated]



Congratulations to the 2010, 2011, and now 2012 California Community Colleges Athletics Association softball champions!

The Chargers defeated College of the Siskiyous twice on Sunday afternoon to earn the title — Cypress College's third consecutive and eighth overall.

The Chargers opened the tournament with a 9-7 victory on Friday evening over Sierra College (41-6), the north's second seed.

But a loss to Siskiyous (40-2) on Saturday evening  pushed Cypress to the elimination bracket, where the team played three consecutive must-win games en route to the championship.

The first was a 7-0 victory on Saturday night over Riverside Community College (33-13), the south's second seed.

That set up the first of two potential games on Sunday vs. Siskiyous.

The Chargers held on for an 8-7 victory in the noon contest, delivering Siskiyous their first loss in 20 games.

Immediately following the win, the two teams took the field again. Cypress surrendered a run in the top of the first, but went on to plate runs in each of the first three innings. The Chargers also sandwiched a 5th-inning run between 4th- and 6th-inning scores by Siskiyous to secure a 4-3 victory and the college's third consecutive state title.

Tiffany Fox was named tournament Most Valuable Player, while individual honors also went to Chargers Stephanie Luhmann (Most Valuable Pitcher), Jessica Reichner (Golden Glove), and All-Tournament selections for: Luhmann and Courtney McGee (pitchers); Mallory Campbell and Morgan Wheeler (infielders); Tiffany Fox and Chelsea Jewett (outfielders); and Arren Nunez (1B).

Notes: This is the 23rd consecutive season Coach Brad Pickler has taken a team to the California Final Four. The Chargers have also won the championship each of the three years it has been held in Bakersfield. No other college has won more California State Championships in softball than Cypress College (8). The Chargers are also the only team to win three consecutive CA titles, having now done it twice.


Box scores:
Cypress 9, Sierra 7
Siskiyous 8, Cypress 3
Cypress 7, Riverside 0
Cypress 8, Siskiyous 7
Cypress 4, Siskiyous 4


Recaps:
Cypress 9, Sierra 7
Siskiyous 8, Cypress 3
Cypress 7, Riverside 0
Cypress 8, Siskiyous 7
Cypress 4, Siskiyous 3






The 2012 California Community College Athletic Association Softball State Championship tournament bracket. Click to enlarge the photo.



Sunday, May 20, 2012

Third Time's (Also) a Charm: Chargers Three-peat CA Championship

Congratulations to the 2010, 2011, and now 2012 California Community Colleges Athletics Association softball champions!

The Chargers, for the second time this afternoon, have defeated College of the Siskiyous to earn the title — Cypress College's third consecutive and eighth overall.

The Chargers opened the tournament with a victory on Friday evening. But a loss to Siskiyous yesterday pushed Cypress to the elimination bracket. Victories against Riverside (yesterday), and the two today secured the championship.

Chargers Win 8-7, Force Deciding Game

The Chargers have defeated College of the Siskiyous to keep the championship tournament going for one more game. The two teams are playing now for the title. Cypress is seeking its third consecutive California state championship.

Two-Time Defending Champion Chargers Back in Title Game

The Chargers are back in the California Community College Athletic Association championship softball game. They defeated Riverside 7-0 in a night contest to keep their hopes alive.

To claim a third consecutive title, the Chargers will have to defeat College of the Siskiyous twice, with the first contest beginning at noon.

If Cypress wins, the teams will play again at 2 pm.

Follow the action and see results here.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Chargers in Must-Win vs. Riverside

After dropping an 8-3 decision this evening to College of the Siskiyous, the Chargers are playing a must-win night contest. On the line is a trip to the state's title game tomorrow.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Chargers Win Opener, 9-7 Over Sierra College

The Chargers have just defeated Sierra College, 9-7, to open their two-time CA Softball Championship defense.

The Chargers next play College of the Siskiyous tomorrow at 5:30 pm., with the winner advancing to Sunday's championship game(s).

Today's box score is at: http://cccaasports.org/livestats/softball/xlive.htm

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Chargers Returning to CA Final Four

The Chargers softball team is returning to the California State Championship Tournament following a sweep through their Super Regional bracket. The Chargers capped the tournament with a 13-1, 5 inning, mercy rule victory over rival Mt. SAC at Cypress College this afternoon. In the state tournament, the Chargers look to defend their back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011. This is the 23rd consecutive season under Coach Brad Pickler that the team has advanced to the championships.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Chargers Advance to Sunday Super Regional Championship

With a 5-2 victory over rival over Mt. SAC on Saturday, the Chargers have advanced to the Super Regional Championship of the South Site B pool.

The Chargers will have two opportunities on Mother's Day to take the title and earn one of four spots in the California state championships next weekend.

Mt. SAC and Glendale, the other team the Chargers have defeated in the double-elimination tournament, play this afternoon for the right to to play Cypress tomorrow.

Tournament bracket.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Chargers Open Super Regional with 7-1 Win

Cypress opened this weekend's Super Regional with a 7-1 victory over Glendale. The Chargers will play the winner of the Mt. Sac/Bakersfield contest (currently underway at Cypress College) at noon on Saturday.

Super Regional Tournament Bracket - South, Site B
CA Community College Athletic Association home


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The Chargers celebrate a two-run home run by Courtney McGee to cap their scoring in a 7-1victory at Cypress College on Friday afternoon.


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Cypress celebrates the 7-1 victory over Glendale. The Chargers play again on Saturday.

Softball Super Regional May 11-12-13, 2012 at Cypress College

Cypress will play Glendale at 2 p.m. and Mt. Sac meets Bakersfield at 4:00 p.m. Friday.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Cypress Shows No Mercy For Chaffey

The Chargers hit parade continued this past weekend against #15 Chaffey College in the first round of playoff action.  Cypress was unstoppable as they defeated the Panthers 8-0 on Saturday and 9-0 on Sunday allowing them to easily advance to the California State Super Regional.

Cypress is scheduled to take on Glendale College on Friday at 2pm at the Cypress College.  If victorious, the Chargers will take on the winner of the Mt. Sac v. Bakersfield match-up the following Saturday at 2pm.

For the first time in ten years, Mt. Sac and Cypress will meet up in Super Regional action.  Cypress has advanced to the state tournament for twenty-two consecutive years and Mt. Sac for the last ten years.  After this weekend, one of the streaks will be brought to a close.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Softball Team Nets MVP, All-Conference and Coach of the Year Selections


Cypress Chargers shortstop Jessica Reichner was named the Orange Empire Conference most valuable player and selected for the All-Conference “First Team,” while Coach Brad Pickler earned Coach of the Year honors.

Three other players were named to the OEC “Second Team”: outfielders Kristina Victa and Tiffany Fox, and pitcher Courtney McGee.

The Chargers went 36-4 overall (20-1 in the Orange Empire Conference) as they head into the playoffs this weekend. The defending State Champion and Orange Empire Conference title winners host the first-round of tournament as Southern California’s second seeded team.

The Chargers open their title defense in a best-of-three series against #15 Chaffey at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The teams meet again at noon on Sunday. If necessary, a third game will be played at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
If the Chargers advance, Cypress College will host a Super Regional series next weekend.