By Noe Ortega
Softball ended its season on the right foot, despite not qualifying for the playoffs.
East Los Angeles College won their last three games of the season and placed third in the South Coast Conference-North. Sophomores Alexis Lazaro, Griselda Vasquez, Andrea Rocha and Maddie Roberts played their last season for ELAC softball. ELAC’s roster had a total of 14 freshmen that competed this season and hopefully will be returning next season.
“I’m really excited. When you can have 14 freshman play so well. All of my outfield are freshman and about four of our infielders are freshman, so when you can bring seven out of your nine starters back as freshman, you can do some damage because they’re only going to get better mentally and physically so I’m excited,” said head coach Erika Blanco.
ELAC went through a eight game losing streak this season that dashed their chances of being in contention to qualify for the playoffs.
Blanco said that injuries were a factor in that losing streak where the Huskies had to play without some of their key players.
“We had our starting pitcher that was out for a week, our catcher was out for about four day. So there were things that happened in those eight games that don’t show on paper that we didn’t have,” said Blanco.
The Huskies had four pitchers this season. Vasquez, the only sophomore pitcher, freshmen Samantha Alvarado, Mercedes Serratos and Aaliyah Martinez.
Vasquez and Alvarado are the pitchers with the most appearences this season (34). Vasquez had the most innings pitched with 131.1 and an earned run average of 5.06. In the 34 games that Vasquez played she got nine wins and 12 losses as a pitcher.
Alvarado pitched 103.1 innings and had an ERA of 4.20. In the 34 games that Alvarado played, she got nine wins and seven losses as a pitcher. Serratos and Martinez had a combined total of 10 appearances and 13 innings pitched.
“The season overall was a good experience as a freshman and the team was so much fun to be around. We could have done better because we have a lot of great talent in the team, but next year will be our year,” said Martinez.
Freshmen infielders Angelica Gonzalez, Monne’t Manning and Alvarado are the only players to play all 40 games this season. Gonzalez, Manning and Alvarado all ended their season with 27 RBI’s each, the only player who had more RBI’s is Vasquez with 28.
Rocha ended her softball career at ELAC with the best batting average on the team .441, with 45 hits, 19 runs and 13 RBI’s.
Last year, the Huskies ended their season in the SCC before it got split into north and south conferences, with a record of 9-12 in the SCC and an overall record of 17-21 in 38 games.