Sierra softball headed to Super Regionals after sweep

By: Pete Dufour Special to the Journal
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ROCKLIN ?Turning 19 turned out to be a big day in Kacy Romero?s life. The Sierra College freshman second baseman gave the Wolverines a 7-5 lead with a base hit, and then for icing on her birthday cake, homered over the centerfield wall and added a third hit in Sierra?s 15-9 win over DeAnza as Sierra won the first round of the California Community College Athletic Association softball playoffs Sunday. ?I?ve never hit a home run on my birthday before,? said Romero, a Placer high grad who is better known for her middle-infield skills than for hitting the long ball. ?I wasn?t sure it was going out when I hit it. It really feels great to contribute because we have such a positive group of players and we all support each other.? It was Romero?s third home run of the year on a team that is just a one shy of Mt. San Antonio?s state-leading 73. Designated hitter Ashley Osier slugged two home runs to bring her state-leading total to 20 on the year, as Sierra broke through for nine runs in the third inning. Del Oro grad Annette Merjano was 3-for-5 with two doubles. For the 13th time in as many years at Sierra, coach Darci Brownell?s team is moving on past the first round of the playoffs. Her Wolverines blanked DeAnza 12-0 on Saturday in the best of three opening round series. ?The difference in the two games was we let them bat through their order five times today, and we had to come from behind to win,? said Brownell. ?But we put up 16 hits and when you do that you should win.? It?s on to the super regionals this weekend for Sierra (37-5) at the College of San Mateo, where the Wolverines will open against Ohlone (29-11) of Fremont. Host San Mateo (38-4) will take on College of the Sequoias (30-9). Sierra owns early season wins over all three schools, but also has one loss to San Mateo. The super regional winner earns a berth to the four-team state championships in Bakersfield May 18-20.