By Marcus Camacho
East Los Angeles College’s softball team snaps its seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win against Long Beach City College on March 26. The win marks the fifth conference win for the Huskies this season.
“First of all, here at East LA softball we don’t quit so that was our mindset. We never quit, so we are going to keep on working and adjust our issues to become a winning team again,” Head Coach Erika Blanco said.
“The great thing is the team bought into it and they also didn’t quit, so at practice we continued to work on the things we got to work on and move players around, and it worked out today,” she said.
The Huskies won the game with a strong defense and great pitching by freshman pitcher Byanka Diosdado. She ended the game with 10 strikeouts, allowing two runs in seven innings.
“During every pitch, I just wanted to pitch hard and hit my location and just keep my composure out there,” Diosdado said.
The Vikings would replace freshman pitcher Amber Helguera with sophomore pitcher Mary Gonzalez after four innings.
The Huskies got off to an early start when the team scored two of its three runs in the first inning.
Sophomore centerfielder Larissa Munoz started the game with a double that scored sophomore catcher Felecia Gonzalez and freshman infielder Andrea Rocha.
The Huskies would score the winning run in the fourth inning when LBCC freshman infielder Gabrielle De La Vega held onto ELAC freshman infielder Melanie Ruelas infield single, which allowed Gonzalez to score
The Huskies showed its pitching and defensive strengths when the Vikings had the bases loaded in the third and the defense only gave up one run.
The Vikings first run was allowed when Diosdado walked sophomore outfielder Amanda Sandoval, forcing sophomore center Jenny Santiago to score.
LBCC would draw closer to ELAC in the sixth inning when Sandoval scored off Mary Gonzalez’s double. Mary was thrown out the same play when she attempted to go for the triple.
The Huskies’ next home game will be against Los Angeles Harbor College on Tuesday at 3 p.m.