GLENDALE, CA — The East Los Angeles College softball team bounced back from two South Coast Conference North Division losses this week and defeated Glendale Community College 11-5 at the Glendale Sports Complex.
ELAC was behind 5-4 entering the final inning with Glendale three outs from a victory. The Huskies denied the Vaqueros the win with a seven-run seventh inning burst. It was the third time this season the Huskies scored seven runs in an inning.
Freshman pitcher Angelita Villalvazo (Stockton / Edison HS) earned her second win of the season. She improved to 2-3 overall, threw 2.1 innings, allowed one run and three hits while fanning one. Freshman pitcher Majisty Shomo (Alhambra / Century HS) was on the mound for 4.2 innings, allowed seven hits, four runs and struck out two.
In the first inning, ELAC opened the scoring with a run led 1-0. Glendale responded with two runs and led 2-1 after one. The score remained that way until the fifth inning when ELAC scored three runs and Glendale answered with two. The teams were tied 4-4. Glendale added a run in the sixth and led 5-4.
ELAC lost its title bid with two conference losses at home earlier in the week, 8-3 to Pasadena City College on Tuesday and a heartbreaking 4-2 loss to Mt. San Antonio College on Thursday.
Against Pasadena, the Huskies rallied from a 4-0 deficit to pull within one run, down 4-3, but the Lancers scored four runs in the sixth. ELAC was out hit 13-6. Against Mt. SAC, the Huskies didn’t take advantage of Mt. SAC’s five errors. Mt. SAC (27-6, 7-2) leads the conference, Pasadena (22-12, 6-3) is in second place followed by Chaffey College (23-11, 5-3), ELAC (17-15, 3-5) and Rio Hondo (5-29-1, 0-8).
Glendale: Offensively, the Huskies out hit the Vaqueros 15-10. Sophomore first baseman Jessica Hernandez (South El Monte HS) led the Huskies. She singled twice with three runs batted in. Sophomore second baseman Destiny Avena (St. Paul HS) hammered a home run and singled (2 RBIs). Five Huskies each added an RBI—center fielder Mone't Manning who homered and singled twice, sophomore left fielder Samantha Alvarado (Edgewood HS) who singled three times and three Huskies who each singled, sophomore third baseman Julie Granadeno (LA Marshall HS), sophomore catcher Ralynda Delarea (Glendale HS) and freshman Jessica Ramirez (South Gate HS).
Pasadena: Sophomore designated player Sara Serrano (Baldwin Park / Sierra Vista HS) led the Huskies offense and singled twice (RBI). Catcher Avena doubled (RBI), sophomore short stop Angelina Gonzales (Gabrielino HS) singled (RBI) as did second baseman Alvarado. Shomo absorbed the loss and struck out one in 5.2 innings on the mound but allowed all eight runs. Freshman pitcher Miya Legaspi (Glendale HS) struck out one in 1.1 innings of work.
Mt. SAC: The Huskies hammered five hits. Two Huskies led the way each with an RBI, Manning who doubled and singled and Granadeno who singled twice. Gonzales singled. Shomo pitched the distance and took the loss. She allowed 10 hits and struck out one.
Based on the RPI standings, ELAC has a good shot for a playoff bid providing they do well in their last five regular season games.
The Huskies host their final two regular season home games this week, Mt. San Jacinto College (15-20) on Monday at 4 p.m. and Cerritos College (19-13) on Friday, April 20 at 1 p.m. Sandwiched between the home games, ELAC plays on the road at Chaffey College in conference play on Thursday at 3 p.m.
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submitted by Tadzio Garcia