Orange Coast College‘s softball team traveled to San Luis Obispo to scrimmage two four-year universities over the weekend with the Pirates taking on Cal State Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Cal State East Bay.
The community college hung on and had a tough series against the universities, losing 6-2 and 8-2 against SLO and East Bay, respectively.
“We got a good look at what the four-year would look like for our girls,” head coach Jodie Legaspi-Kiaha said of the experience.
The games were used to get the women familiar with the style of play required for four-years. They were also exposed to higher level universities in hopes of transferring after OCC.
“They didn’t put in their second string against us,” Legaspi-Kiaha said. “It is mutually beneficial.”
She added that OCC worked its plays and situations with the help of these universities.
The weekend work out came about because the coaching staffs had previous connections at UCLA.
Legaspi-Kiaha lived and played at UCLA with East Bay’s head coach, Claire Sua-Amundson. While they played, they were mentored by former UCLA coach and current Cal Poly SLO associative head coach Gina Vecchione.
All three women are NCAA championships from UCLA and all continuing their softball careers through coaching.
For the upcoming season, Legaspi-Kiaha says it’s too early to say how the team will do in season. Developmentally, they are three months ahead of where they were this time last year, Legaspi-Kiaha said.
She hopes the 12 returners will be able to keep the softball program growing. Mixed with new blood, the softball team looks to be a powerhouse in the Orange Empire Conference in 2019.