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Softball wraps up rocky season in walk-off fashion

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The Moorpark Raiders softball team are posing for their last picture together following the 6-5 walk-off victory over Pasadena City College on April 25, 2018. There are five sophomores on the team Photo credit: Ryan Ketcham

The Moorpark Raiders softball team are posing for their last picture together following the 6-5 walk-off victory over Pasadena City College on April 25, 2018. There are five sophomores on the team Photo credit: Ryan Ketcham

The Moorpark Raiders softball team are posing for their last picture together following the 6-5 walk-off victory over Pasadena City College on April 25, 2018. There are five sophomores on the team Photo credit: Ryan Ketcham

By Ryan Ketcham

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Moorpark College softball finished off their regular season with a 6-5 walk-off victory at home against Pasadena City College on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

The Raiders finalized the regular season with an 18-19 overall record and a 4-10 Western State Conference North record. Softball will not be continuing on to the postseason, but the walk-off victory on sophomore day against Pasadena City College was a send-off for which many of the players were looking, especially the sophomores.

“It was definitely a special moment, I just wanted to make this game special and memorable for the rest of my life,” said Jacqueline Ramirez, an outfielder on the Moorpark College softball team.

Ramirez was able to make this a memorable night indeed while hitting a lead-off triple to begin the game and a two-RBI walk-off double to secure the victory in her final game as a Raider. This victory was not just celebrated for the game itself, but celebrated for the resilience of the team throughout this rocky season.

“A lot of teams just roll over, but not us,” said Sierra Huerta, the Moorpark College softball shortstop. “A lot of that just comes with the mentality of, okay we are done getting beat this bad, let’s just shut them out.”

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The batter, Sierra Huerta, prepares to smash the softball during the last game of the season, at Moorpark College, on April 25, 2018. As a sophmore, this would be Huerta's last game with her teammates. (©Evan Reinhardt 2018)

Moorpark College softball began the season strong with a 12-6 overall record and a 2-1 conference record, but as the season wore on the Raiders would fall into a losing streak slump that they could not pull themselves out of until the final game. Moorpark lost 13 out of 18 games and were shutout five times during this stretch, prior to the victory on sophomore day.

Even though, the season did not pan out the way this team imagined, there was still a heightened sense of optimism entering the final game.

“I have a lot of confidence in this team,” said Phoebe Jackels, a pitcher and infielder for the Moorpark Raiders. “We came back and I knew that we were going to do it.”

This season, Moorpark College only had 11 players, which made them a close-knit group. According to the team, lifelong friendships and new additions to their families were formed during the duration of the season, which is irreplaceable.

“The group was just a really kind group of girls who made it like a family atmosphere,” said head coach Ginny Mitchell. “They made it really easy to coach.”

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Freshman Lexi Brown (left) watches her teammate, sophmore Jacqueline Ramirez, prepare to smash a ball during their last game of the season, at Moorpark College, on April 25, 2018. As a sophmore, this was Ramirez's last game ever being a Moorpark College softball player. (©Evan Reinhardt 2018)

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The Moorpark College softball team has their last pregame huddle of the season, at Moorpark College, on April 25, 2018. The conversation included many laughs and tears before they played their opponent, Pasadena City College. (©Evan Reinhardt 2018)

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Phoebe Jackels, a sophmore, shares a moment with Hayley Hersley, a freshman, before the team's final game of the season, at Moorpark College, on April 25, 2018. The women played against Pasadena City College for their season closer. (©Evan Reinhardt 2018)

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Hayley Hersley, a freshman, receives some high-fives from her fellow teammates before their last game of the season, at Moorpark College, on April 25, 2018. Being a freshman, Hersley will be eligible to play next year, unlike her sophmore teammates, who were celebrated prior to the game.

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