No. 10-ranked Citrus College upsets No. 9 Huskies

By Damien Guzman

The East Los Angeles College softball team lost an upset non-conference home game Friday, 4-2, against Citrus College in extra innings.

ELAC is 24-8 overall and remains 13-3 in South Coast Conference play.

Citrus (20-10, 11-2) has a four-game winning streak.

The Huskies next game is on Tuesday. They face Mt. San Antonio College, whom is currently tied for second place with ELAC in South Coast Conference play.

The game against Citrus went into an extra eighth inning. ELAC pitcher Alashanee Medina retired the first two batters, but Citrus found some offense and scored two runs taking the eventual win 4-2.

The Huskies had a chance to tie the game in their half of the eighth inning. ELAC utility player Larissa Munoz walked. Teammate and outfielder Breanna Takanaka hit a single while Munoz advanced to second base with no outs.

Citrus pitcher Miranda Gill then retired three consecutive batters ending the game while getting the win.

“We have to work harder. Even though we fought hard, it wasn’t good enough. We are still struggling on making adjustments at the plate this late into the season. That can’t happen (anymore),” Larae Gonzalez, ELAC first baseman, said.

“(We need to learn) to adjust after our first at-bats. For example, if I popped up my first-at-bat, I need to tell myself what I need to change for my second-at-bat.”

ELAC catcher Valerie Aguilar put the Huskies up, 2-0, with the bases loaded in the bottom of the third inning. She hit a single while runners on second and third scored giving Aguilar two RBIs.

ELAC then had another chance to add more runs after loading the bases still in the third inning. Citrus pitcher Miranda Gill tightened up her pitching and got her team out a jam while holding ELAC scoreless the remainder of the game.

Infielder for Citrus Erin Jaramillo started a comeback for the Owls in the fifth inning hitting a double deep to left field adding an RBI.

In the seventh inning Citrus began with infielder Sarah Moore hitting a double, which lead to the Owls scoring two runs and a 2-2 tie.

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