By Carlos Alvarez
The baseball team winning streak reaches six with come from behind victory against Los Angeles Harbor College, 6-4, on Tuesday, April 24.
Sophomore starting pitcher Christian Madrid (3-4) gained his composure after giving up four runs (3 earned) in the first inning to get the victory.
“He was trying to do too much. He was to pumped up before the game, but he did a good job,” Head Coach James Hines said, of Madrid’s performance.
Madrid allowed the four runs while giving up 10 hits and striking out two Seahawks.
After the first inning Madrid pitched seven scoreless innings retiring eight Seahawks in a row at one time.
Seahawk starting pitcher Chad Kim was dominant in the first two innings retiring the first six Huskies he faced.
The Huskies offense woke up in the top of the third when designated hitter freshman Frankie Wright led off the inning with a single and stole second.
After the next batter flied out to left field freshman Armando Lomeli singled Wright home for a run batted, making the score 4-1 in favor of the Seahawks.
The Huskies added another run in the top of the fifth inning when Lomeli hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Wright from third who had singled earlier in that inning.
Seahawk relief pitcher James Glawe relieved Kim after five innings and was able to keep the Huskies scoreless for two innings, pitching in and out of trouble.
The Huskies finally chased Glawe from the game in the top of the eighth inning with the score 4-2 in favor of the Seahawks.
Glawe allowed the first two Huskies to reach base with consecutive hits.
The next batter up to bat with runners on first and second was red hot hitting Manny Estevez who entered the game with a team leading 32 runs batted in. Estevez on cue hit a tying two run double to even up the score at 4-all.
“Our offense is a work in progress still. We create the most opportunities to score some runs, but we also run ourselves out of innings,” Hines said, about the team’s offense.
The Huskies offense continued to put the pressure on the Seahawks scoring the go ahead runs in the top of the ninth inning and giving the Huskies a 6-4 lead.
Sophomore relief pitcher Greg Aldrete pitched a scoreless ninth collecting his third save of the season.
With the win the Huskies remain in sole position of second place in the South Coast Conference trailing Mt. San Antonio College, who is in first place, by two games with two games to go.
“We control our own destiny, basically the first and second place teams get in automatic berth for the playoffs,” Hines said, when asked about the playoffs.
The Huskies continue their push for the playoffs.
“We remain focus at the task at hand. We are taking this one game at a time,” Hines said.