By Jerry Flores
After 10 innings, Huskies baseball lost another South Coast Conference-North game at home against Los Angeles Harbor College 4-3
In the top of the tenth inning, with a player on third base, Harbor sophomore designated hitter David Ramirez smashed the ball to centerfield where freshman outfielder Eddie Zavala, who stole third base, scored the winning run for Harbor.
“We stayed in the system we have planned against a good team like this. We stuck to it. We got out of it a little bit and gave a couple innings up, but we go back to it and succeeded,” said Harbor head coach Marco Alvillar.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Huskies took the lead after an error from Harbor freshman infielder Ruben Markham where he didn’t pass the ball quick enough to the pitcher and allowed East Los Angeles College freshman outfielder Ruben Hernandez to score.
ELAC sophomore pitcher Steven Nuno ended the game with six strikeouts and didn’t allow a run during the seven innings that he pitched.
“I felt good, all my pitches were working. They got some pitches, but it didn’t affect me. I stood locked in,” said Nuno.
In the top of the eighth inning, ELAC head coach James Hines decided to change his starting pitcher.
Freshmen pitcher Luis Ramos walked onto the mound and allowed three runs for Harbor in the ninth inning.
“When we are not playing well, it’s because guys are doing the wrong things. They are not doing what we worked on during practice. It is the same thing all the time. Our guys get off track.
They do not stay focus on the things we worked on. Once they do that, it is just not going to work. It is not going to function if we do not follow the plan,” said Hines.
In the top of the ninth inning, Harbor’s offense awoke after Ramirez hit a home run to leftfield and scored the tying run of the game for Harbor.
With a player on second base, Harbor freshmen designated hitter Alberto Garcia hit another home run that turned the score around 3-1.
“I just told them to start doing what we planned on the practice, so they started hitting and we were able to score the three runs,” Alvillar said.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, with players on second and third base, ELAC sophomore infielder Damian Lomeli smashed the ball to left field where freshman utility player Troy Maki reached home plate.
ELAC was able to tie the game 3-3 after a strong hit to centerfield by freshman infielder Elija Martinez, who helped sophomore infielder Zech Jarrard score the third run for the Huskies.
ELAC is 13-10 overall and 4-4 in the SCC-North play. The Huskies will face Chaffey College away in a conference game tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.