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Pitch delivered by Huskies pitcher.
Pitch delivered by Huskies pitcher.

Baseball Returns

by Stephen Morales

@grecomeco23

photos by Cerwin D Haynes

 

 

Ask any baseball fan out there and the two sweetest words are always: "Play Ball".

 

For the East Los Angeles College Huskies baseball team, those words have not been heard since March 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled that season and the 2021 campaign. Said words meant a little more today, as the Huskies hosted a doubleheader scrimmage versus the Monarchs of LA Valley College, thus becoming the first organized athletic event to be held on campus in 15 months.

Those feelings could be heard in the voice of Huskies head coach Jim Hines prior to the first pitch. "Its nice to have guys get out there and compete," Hines said. "They get to see a little semblance of a gameday and a chance to see what their shortcomings are and what they need to improve on."

After 15 months, the sight of the first pitch, the crack of the bat and the umpires call of "Strike 3" was a welcome sight on campus. As was the sight of the Huskies scoring four second inning runs on their way to a 15-4 win in the first game. While the score and stats obviously don't matter in a scrimmage, what was most important was seeing the student athletes participate in live competition again.

Here's to the first of many athletic events to return to campus as we look to turn the page to a the new academic year!