By Russell Zazueta
East Los Angeles College lost, 5-0, yesterday, to No. 9-ranked Mt. San Antonio College dropping out of first place in the South Coast Conference.
The Huskies host Cerritos College, who is currently in first place in the SCC, tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the ELAC softball field.
ELAC’s star pitcher Alashnee Medina broke the silence in the bottom of the first after she collected the team’s first base hit of the game. However, it became the unfortunate precursor to come.
The Huskies, 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the SCC, struggled offensively failing to score any runs with some scoring opportunities in the game.
Not even Huskies’ sophomore first baseman Nicole Guzman, who came into the game as one of the hottest hitter in state with a batting average of .500 (fourth best), could break the funk that Mt. SAC was thriving on.
“We didn’t care about their ranking. It did not intimidate us. We play each game to win,” said ELAC freshman and backup pitcher Raeleen Fuentes before the game.
However, despite Fuentes’ confidence, Mt. SAC offense went to work on ELAC with two outs in the top of seventh. Ayrika Simmons hit a triple that helped Mt. SAC score and set up another two runs, ending the game at 5-0.
When asked about her pitching that night, Medina said, “I think I’ve done better . . . better than usual.”
The Huskies are tied for second in the SCC with El Camino College Compton Center (8-1, 2-1), Mt. SAC (6-2, 2-1) and El Camino College (7-5, 2-1).
ELAC and Cerritos (4-4, 3-0) received honorable mention votes in the Southern California poll.