By Dulce Carillo
The East Los Angeles College softball team ended the 2013 season with a 8-0 home victory shutout over El Camino College Compton Center this past Tuesday. The game was over in six innings, due to an eight-run mercy rule.
The Huskies finished the season beating South Coast Conference rivals El Camino College 9-4 and Compton sandwiched in between an 8-2 loss to No. 10-ranked Santa Ana College.
It was the last game for eight sophomore players, who were introduced before the game to the home crowd. Players were walked to home plate by their parents or siblings, where they were greeted by coaches and freshman players with small baskets.
“They had two great years at ELAC,” Coach Erika Blanco said.
Sophomore pitcher Evangelina Montes began her last game as a Husky by striking out the first two batters she faced.
The offense took advantage of a throwing error by Tartars catcher Katelynn Meredith, scoring two runs. The Huskies lead 2-0 after two innings of play.
With the Huskies leading 4-0, Montes took matters into her own hands hitting a two-run home run to deep center in the bottom of the fourth inning to give ELAC a 6-0 lead. “It felt good to end my last season with a homerun,” Montes said.
ELAC catcher Valerie Aguilar added a run scoring single in the game.
The Huskies added one more run in the game, bringing an end to another losing season. After advancing to the playoffs in 2010 the Huskies have not qualified the past three seasons.
The Huskies finished their season winning two out of three games finishing 12-24 overall and 9-12 in the SCC. ELAC beat Pasadena City College three times in SCC play to take fifth place by two games over the Lancers. ELAC also took the season series against Compton 3-0 in their SCC matchup.
“It was a tough season for the sophmores, but we are excited to get new players to take their place on the field,” Blanco said.