By Jose Cabrera
A regular season matchup took place between Santa Ana College and the East Los Angeles College Huskies on Tuesday. Santa Ana College began scoring when the designated hitter Grant Askins and first baseman Drake Wood hit back to back doubles giving Santa Ana 1-0 lead over the Huskies. Both teams were able to tally up seven hits in this game.
The Huskies offense had no answer in the beginning innings against Santa Ana College pitcher Nathan Cachu as he would have the Huskies number by keeping his composure throughout the game. Cachu gave his team seven and two-thirds innings pitched with five strikeouts.
The Huskies starter Troy Maki also went seven and two-thirds, but struggled throughout his outing early on but he was able to hold Santa Ana to only one run. Coach James Hines said “[Troy] Maki battled hard to keep us in this game.”
Santa Ana had opportunity to add runs to their 1-0 score and their opportunity was quickly extinguished. The Huskies also struggled but managed to overcome their struggles in the bottom 8th inning. Huskies designated hitter Steven Villagran began the inning with a single up the middle.
Cachu went on to throw a wild pitch and that allowed Villagran to advance to second. Huskies took advantage of that mistake as third baseman Andy Rodriguez hit the game tying double giving the Huskies new life. Cachu was replaced by Joel Casillas who limited the damage by getting out of the inning keeping the game tied 1-1.
The game would go into extra innings and the bottom of the tenth inning began with Steven Villagran singling up the middle. A sacrifice bunt was put in play that allowed the runner to advance to second. Rodriguez would strike out on pass ball and was able to reach first by beating out the throw.
The Huskies had runners at first and second and Santa Ana was quick to make pitching change bringing in Jacob Ayala to face Huskies Center Fielder Alvie Castro.
Castro would make contact but Santa Ana’s third baseman James Williams robbed Castro of a game-winning run sending the game to extra innings. Assistant Coach, Anthony Cappiello said, “Both teams are putting up a great battle.”
The game went into the twelfth inning and the Huskies threatened to score again. With the clouds closing up the sky, second baseman Anthony Soto opened the inning hustling to first and was called safe.
Huskies advanced Soto on a sacrifice bunt that was well executed by Brandon Acosta. The Huskies were looking to seize their opportunity with the runner in scoring position
Light rain began coming down and the umpire paused the game because of lighting that appeared in sight. More rain developed and the game was postponed by the umpire.
The Huskies late inning rally fell short and was quickly washed up by the rain. The follow up game would be played between Santa Ana and Huskies at Santa Ana College on Saturday.