Maki leads baseball team’s shut out against LA Harbor

By Sonny Tapia

East Los Angeles College baseball shut out Los Angeles Harbor College at home on Thursday 3-0.

The Huskies were able to end its four-game losing streak with a solid pitching performance from sophomore right hander Troy Maki.

The bench of Los Angeles Harbor College was showing much more energy than the East Los Angeles College bench to start the game.

Maki showed off his pitching talents at the start of the game and never looked back.

He recorded two strikeouts while buckling the first opposing batter on the third pitch.

Later in the top of the first inning he was able to pick off the runner at first with a quick release.

“He has been performing at a real high level. He has been taking us deep into games, while keeping his pitch count down, getting strikeouts when needed and keeping his walks to a bare minimum,” said head coach James Hines.

ELAC started the game slow on offense by hitting fly balls and getting caught in a double plays to end the inning.

Andrew Garcia of Los Angeles Harbor College recorded the first hit of the game with a base hit into the right gap.

Garcia was caught stealing on the  next pitch and Maki struck out freshman Christian Gonzalez to end the top of the third.

The Huskies first hit of the game came in the fourth inning by outfielder Ruben Hernandez with a single to right field.

Steven Villagran followed suit with a double of his own into the left center gap to put runners on third and second base.

Infielder, Andy Rodriguez, hit a run batted in to center, scoring the runner from third.

Los Angeles Harbor College threatened to tie the game up with a hit by the lead off batter Kawika Hubbell.

The rotation of off speed pitches by Maki quickly shut down the opposing team’s hopes with a quick strikeout.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Huskies were back in scoring position with runners on first and second.

Outfielder Erick Espinoza drove home a run to make the score 2-0, keeping runners in scoring position.

Robert Banuelos had an RBI  to contribute making the score 3-0 with a base hit to left, concluding the sixth inning.

ELAC managed to have a one-two- three inning due to great pitching and infielding by Rodriguez.

During the middle of the seventh inning, Los Angeles Harbor College made a pitching change.

Sophomore Ryan Robinson was subbed out for fellow sophomore Jacob Criss.

During his set of batters, a bat was thrown down the first base line after Hernandez lost his grip and Brandon Hernandez made an outstanding play to dodge the tag when stealing second.

Los Angeles Harbor College continued the game in dramatic fashion by putting a runner on third to come up empty in the top of the eighth.

They later showed some life in their final at bat to fall short.

The game ended with a hard hit line drive to second sealing the victory for Maki and the team in front of its home crowd.

Maki ended the game with a strong performance and a total of nine strike outs, two walks one hit batter and only three hits in his nine inning game.

The team also kept its errors to a minimum by only recording one in the entire game to prove its stability on defense.

The next game for the Huskies will be held at Cerritos College tomorrow at 2 p.m.

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