MONTEREY PARK, CA -- The East Los Angeles College Huskies softball team has only won one of five games against the Santa Ana College Dons in since 2013.
Make that two.
The Huskies scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth and squashed a Santa Ana rally that tied the game 3-3 in the top of the inning.
Winning sophomore pitcher Samantha Alvarado (Edgewood HS) retired the side in the top of the seventh and the Huskies won a 13-hit, 6-3 victory.
Freshman pitcher Majisty Shomo (Alhambra / Century High School) opened with three solid innings, which ELAC’s offense did not take advantage of in the scoreless first three innings.
Both offenses got things going in the fourth. Santa Ana scored a run in the top of the inning and ELAC answered with three runs in the bottom half. ELAC led 3-1 after four.
The Dons sored a run in each of the fifth and sixth inning and tied it 3-3 after six. The Huskies’ fireworks in the sixth gave ELAC its second win in three years against Santa Ana.
Two sophomores helped lead the Husky offense. Alvarado, who was the left fielder when the game began, tripled and singled and added two runs batted in. Third baseman Julie Granadeno (LA Marshall HS) doubled and singled (2 RBIs).
Sophomore center fielder Mone't Manning (Northview HS) was three for three at bats. She doubled twice and singled. Sophomore short stop Angelina Gonzales (Gabrielino HS) doubled and singled (RBI) and sophomore left fielder Dominique De Alba (Bell Gardens HS) singled twice (RBI).
Sophomore second baseman Destiny Avena (St. Paul HS) hit .333 with one single from three at bats. Freshman second baseman Karlee Rivera (Savanna HS) led Santa Ana. She singled three times from four times at the plate and added an RBI.
Alvarado faced 11 batters in the win and struck out three. Shomo pitched 4.2 innings and struck out one Don. Sophomore pitcher Kali Kitsinis (Mater Dei HS) took the loss for the Dons in their season opening game.
ELAC (2-0) continues play with a home game against powerhouse El Camino College (2-2) on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
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story submitted by Tadzio Garcia