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The Hancock College softball team's first loss of the season came with a thud Saturday.

Riverside City College pounded out 14 hits, the Bulldogs had just three hits themselves and the Tigers took a 9-2 non-conference win on the Hancock diamond.

The Bulldogs dropped to 6-1. The Tigers are 5-1.

RCC took control in the first inning. Anna Loreto beat out an infield single, Megan Cartwright drew a walk and Terri Nava doubled them home.

Though Mackenzie Baird sprinted home from second base in the fifth inning for a Hancock run on the lone RCC error of the game, the Tigers were solid in all facets of their game. The Bulldogs had problems in all facets of theirs.

"RCC always brings it," said Hancock coach Scia Maumausolo. "I always like playing Riverside. Michelle (Daddona, the Tigers' coach who is in her 18th season), runs an excellent program."

Their defense - one harmless error and a running catch in deep center by center fielder Crystal Gonzalez to save two runs - was the Bulldogs' bright spot. However, they botched a third-to-home rundown, and the Tigers subsequently scored a run because of that.

"Just mental mistakes that we can learn from," said Maumausolo.

"We had plenty of baserunners, and that could have changed the momentum."

Though she gave up just three hits in her complete game, Riverside pitcher Synphony Hall walked five batters. However, one Hancock baserunner was caught stealing and Riverside catcher Diana Ramirez picked another off first base.

The Tigers hit both Hancock pitchers, starter Bailey Killough and reliever Hannah Diaz, hard after both had been solid going into Saturday,.

Riverside, with four runs in, chased Killough in the fifth. Diaz came in from right field and Killough moved to third after Jocelyn Ontiveros doubled to lead off the inning.

The Tigers scored four runs in the sixth to build a 9-1 lead after Diaz got the first two batters out. Nava singled in a run, A'loni Appleton singled in another then pinch hitter Andrea Mejia hit a two-run single off Diaz's glove.

Hancock avoided being run-ruled when Killough's sharp ground ball with two outs in the bottom sixth hit the second base bag for a single and Gonzalez, who led off the inning with a single, scored.

Hancock hadn't had a hit after Nakaila Fuggs' single to lead off the bottom of the first until Gonzalez hit a one-out double in the sixth.

Nava and Ontiveros both finished with three hits. Nava and Appleton both finished with three RBIs.

Meanwhile, Hall held some big Hancock hitters, including freshmen Zaiden Bakke (.667 going in) and Mallory Townsend (.500 going in) hitless.

Hancock is off until next Friday when it will play against Grossmont at 9:30 a.m. at the Mt. San Jacinto Tournament.

Joe Bailey is the sports editor at Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Contact him with tips and story ideas at jbailey@leecentralcoastnews.com or (805) 739-2239. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/jbaileysmsports

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