SANTA BARBARA, CA — The East Los Angeles College baseball team defeated Santa Barbara City College 7-1 today after previously losing to the Vaqueros 5-1 last month.
In the process, ELAC snapped a three-game losing streak to the Vaqueros dating back to 2014.
The Huskies wasted no time and scored a run in the top of the first inning.
After one out, freshman left fielder Kelvin Brito (Miami Beach High School) singled to right field. A pitch hit sophomore first baseman Larson Anzaldo (St. Paul HS).
With two outs, sophomore shortstop Steve Romo (El Dorado HS) hit an RBI single up the middle and ELAC led 1-0. ELAC sophomore pitcher George Alamillo (John Marshall HS) had a strike and gave up a hit in the bottom of the inning.
In the top of the third inning, ELAC sophomore third baseman Shun Tsunoda (HH Wilson HS) singled to shortstop, followed by three Husky outs.
Alamillo got in a jam in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two on and two out, freshman pitcher Robert Contreras (Roosevelt HS) replaced Alamillo.
Contreras threw a wild pitch and the score was tied tied 1-1. Contreras then struck out Vaquero freshman shortstop Wesley Ghan-Gibson to end the inning.
In the top of the eighth inning, Tsunoda walked then advanced to second on a passed ball. Anzaldo walked. ELAC freshman designated hitter Travis Mcfarland (Norco HS) hit a two-run RBI double, down the left line and advanced to third on the throw.
With the Huskies leading 3-1, ELAC sophomore right fielder Evan Holmes (Warren HS) walked and eventually stole second. Freshman second baseman Zackery Rojo (Northview HS) walked.
Santa Barbara’s fourth pitcher took the mound, freshman pitcher Brett Gregory (Lompoc Cabrillo HS). ELAC freshman center fielder Anthony Bocanegra (Burroughs HS) smashed an RBI single and ELAC led 4-1.
A wild pitch by Gregory scored Holmes and the Huskies led 5-1. ELAC freshman catcher Ismael Martinez (Ramona HS) reached first on an error by Vaquero catcher Jake Gagain. The error also scored two unearned Husky runs who led 7-1.
Bocanegra led ELAC’s seven-hit attack with two hits. Anzaldo also singled. Gagain hit two of the Vaqueros five hits.
ELAC lost to the Vaqueros, 5-1, on February 16. The Huskies outhit Santa Barbara 6-4, but had two errors. Anzaldo singled three times. Tsunoda and Martinez each singled as did sophomore second baseman Johnny Salgado (Whittier HS).
The Huskies open South Coast Conference play with a three-game series against El Camino College. ELAC hosts a 6 p.m. contest on March 8, is at EL Camino on Thursday March 10 at 2 p.m. and hosts the Warriors on Saturday, March 12 at noon.
story submitted by Tadzio Garcia