By Damien Guzman
The East Los Angeles College softball team pulled out a close win over Cerritos College on Thursday using good pitching and defense. The Huskies improved their record to 5-3 overall, 3-1 in the South Coast Conference.
ELAC handed Cerritos (5-4, 3-0) their first conference loss in the defensive battle.
Huskies pitcher Alashnee Medina was dominant striking out eight Cerritos batters in the game. Medina started the game by retiring the first three batters, including first baseman Haley Whitney of Cerritos.
Whitney came into the game with a team-leading .440 batting average.
Huskies first baseman Larae Gonzales said, “I feel that our pitching staff is working so hard for us, not just during games but at practice as well.”
Aside from one error by the Husky defense, ELAC never seemed to lose confidence in their play.
“As for our defense we held our composure and understood that we had to have our pitchers back especially because the game was so close.” Gonzales said.
Both teams struggled to score runs throughout the game. The lone run came in the bottom of the third inning when ELAC’s Heather Saucedo was walked, followed by two ground-outs that positioned her to third base.
Larissa Munoz of ELAC then stepped up to the plate and hit a double, deep to right field bouncing off the wall and scored Saucedo, which proved to be the winning run.
“We feel more confident and hopefully we wake up the bats for tomorrow’s game and get the win,” Huskies catcher Valerie Aguilar said.
Early in the game there was a collision between Saucedo and the Whitney that stopped the game momentarily. After Saucedo walked it off she played the rest of the game.