MONTEREY PARK, CA — The East Los Angeles College baseball team won a three-game series against Rio Hondo, 2-1, and is at the top of the South Coast Conference North Division standings.
The Huskies (13-12, 6-5) won 6-5 on March 21 and again 11-3 on March 23, which put them in first place in the SCC North for the first time since March 8, 2016. The Huskies were then tied for first in the SCC with a 6-4 win against El Camino who is No. 2-ranked in the state this year.
ELAC lost 4-2 to Rio Hondo (13-10, 5-6) today and as a result is in a logjam at the top of the SCC North with Chaffey (17-9, 14-9) and Pasadena City (14-9, 6-5) colleges.
Against Rio Hondo today, each team banged out 10 hits. The difference in the game was two costly ELAC errors that led to two Rio Hondo runs.
Rio Hondo took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. They hit three consecutive singles after two outs. ELAC tied it in the bottom of the inning. The Huskies singled twice, the first hit from freshman first baseman Damien Lomeli (St. Paul HS), the second from freshman catcher Julian Zermeno (Alhambra HS).
Rio Hondo scored in the top of the fifth and led 2-1. The Huskies tied the score in the bottom of the inning with two singles from Zermeno and freshman third baseman Matthew Sosa (Whittier HS) who got the RBI.
Zermeno led the 10-hit brigade with a double, three singles and four RBIs. Sosa and sophomore right fielder Kyle Francis (WA / Redmond HS) each singled twice. Lomeli and freshman short stop Gabriel Figueroa (RBI) each singled.
Sophomore pitcher Richard Escobedo (Northview HS) took the loss. He had four strikes in 7.1 innings.
The Huskies slammed 14 hits in the 11-3 win. Three Huskies each had three hits—Sosa, sophomore centerfielder Morgan Lomax (Gardena Serra HS) and sophomore second baseman Benjamin Arce (Santa Monica HS). Sosa and Arce each had three RBIs.
Zermeno hit a home run (2 RBIs). Freshman left fielder Anthony Soto (Garfield HS) hit a double, a single and had an RBI. Francis and freshman first baseman Oscar Osorio III (Charter Oak HS) each doubled.
Sophomore pitcher Alex Carrillo (West Covina HS) got the win. He had eight strikes in eight innings on the mound. Sophomore pitcher Matthew Cortez (Cantwell Sacred Heart HS) retired the side in the top of the ninth.
With first place on the line for ELAC, the Huskies play at No. 15 Chaffey on Tuesday, March 28 at noon. ELAC beat a top-20 team earlier this season with a 8-3 win against No. 12 Glendale Community College (21-5-1).
story submitted by Tadzio Garcia