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Photo Gallery: Softball advances to state tournament following playoff rematch against Cerritos College

Fullerton College dominated in a Saturday doubleheader to clinch the 3C2A Regionals and secure a spot in the big dance.
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Nathan Bass
Sophomore outfielder Coco Siono swings at a pitch before earning her second hit for the Hornets during the team’s playoff win against Cerritos College on May 11, 2024.

Succeeding where they failed last year, the Hornets (40-5) topped the Cerritos Falcons in round two of the Southern California Regional of the California Community College Athletic Association softball championship Saturday afternoon. The win sets up Fullerton for their first state tournament appearance since 2019.

Down 1-0 in a three-game series following their loss to Cerritos (31-14) the previous day, the Hornets needed to win both games on Saturday to keep their postseason alive. The day opened with a tedious game, in which two errors by Cerritos allowed Fullerton to break an early tie and take the game 4-2.

Building on that momentum, the Hornets easily beat the Falcons 7-1 in the finale, which brought Cerritos’ season to a dismal end. Fullerton pitcher and former OEC MVP Allyson Fuentes got the win in both games, and held Cerritos to three hits across seven innings.

Fullerton’s Milene Mendoza led the team in hitting and scoring, as she managed to smash two doubles and four RBIs in three at-bats in Game 3. The performance brought her to five total RBIs on the day.

Fullerton is slated to face Sierra College (20-24) in round one of the state championship, on Thursday, May 16 at 2 p.m. The state tournament runs from Thursday, May 16, through Sunday, May 19, and will take place in the Bay Area. All games are hosted by West Valley College in Saratoga as well as some Friday games will be at San Jose City College.

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NATHAN BASS
NATHAN BASS, Staff Reporter
Nathan Bass is a dedicated public servant with a passion for journalism and community engagement. In his role as a representative of State Senator Josh Newman, Nathan specializes in government relations, communications and legislation. During his first semester with The Hornet, he will specialize in photography and local arts & culture reporting. Nathan is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton, where he competed in NCAA track and field and earned a bachelor's degree in History.

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