Husky baseball aims for playoffs

By Jerry Flores

Husky baseball won its second consecutive game against El Camino College last Thursday at home with a final score of 8-4.

Losing by two runs, the Huskies offense started to work in the bottom of the fifth inning when sophomore infielder Matthew Sosa smashed the ball to the rightfield allowing Freshmen outfielder Brandon Acosta to score the run for East Los Angeles College.

Freshman designated hitter Grant Victor connected the ball to the left field and Sosa completed the run and tied the game 3-3.

“We had to make adjustments, the guys concentrated and did very well. That helped us a lot to recover from those early runs,” ELAC head coach James Hines said.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, with a player on third base, ELAC sophomore outfielder Logan Gibbons hit to leftfield and sophomore outfielder Elias Maldonado scored the fourth run for ELAC.

An error by El Camino freshmen second baseman Spencer Long, let the ball slide through his arms, allowed Gibbons to score for  ELAC.

“We allowed too many runs [in the sixth inning], we need to improve in our pitches, they made us pay for that,” El Camino head coach Nate Fernley said.

The Huskies offense continued in the sixth inning when Sosa connected a strong hit to the right field and increased the score by two runs for ELAC, one made by Acosta and the other by sophomore catcher Matthew Shults.

Swing and a miss —East Los Angeles College designated hitter Zech Jarrad pitches at a El Camino College batter on Thursday’s 8-4 home win at home. CN/noe Ortega

“Getting guys on the bases and getting the job done as we needed to do was the key for winning the game,” Acosta said.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, with another error from Long,  pass the ball quick enough to the catcher, which allowed sophomore designated hitter Zech Jarrard to score the eighth run for ELAC.

Jarrard completed the game making six strikeouts and a run.

“Making good hits, trusting the game plan of the coaches, and trusting my pitches was the key for getting this win,” Jarrard said.

In the top of the eighth inning,Hines changed pitchers and brought on Freshmen pitcher Josh Jorgensen who  took the hill and allowed El Camino to walk two bases.

Later in the eighth inning, Jorgensen was subbed off and freshmen utility player Troy Maxi took the hill allowing the fourth run for El Camino scored by freshmen first baseman Spencer Palmer.

The Huskies started losing the game in the top of the first inning and allowed two runs scored by sophomore catcher Jose Ruiz and freshmen first baseman Palmer.

In the bottom of the first inning the Huskies tried to get back in the game.

With a player on first and third base, Jarrard connected with the ball to the center field and Victor reached home plate.

Unfortunately for the Huskies, in the top of the second inning, freshman designated hitter Matthew Beserra connected a home run to the left field and gave El Camino  a two run lead.

ELAC is now 12-7 in the South Coast Conference-North play and 22-15 overall.

ELAC visited Mount San Antonio College yesterday and lost 11-7 in the first game of another three game series in the South Coast Conference-North.

The Huskies were trailing throughout the entire game and were on the verge of making a comeback but a strong sixth inning from Mt. Sac gave them the win.

ELAC will face Mt. Sac in the second match of a three game series game at home tomorrow  at 6 p.m.

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