By Sonny Tapia
East Los Angeles College was bested by Cerritos College on Friday at Kincaid Field 6-4. Cerritos came into the game with a 1-12 overall record, but proved to be nothing but numbers.
The Huskies pitching allowed three home runs in the entire game. Two of them came in the third inning. Sophomore starting pitcher Troy Maki started the game off with a balk in the first inning.
He was able to close out the inning without giving up a run. ELAC right fielder Ruben Hernandez had a run batted in with a single over sophomore third baseman Trevor McInerney in the top of the second inning.
ELAC began to have trouble communicating signs from head coach James Hines. “Do you know what we’re doing?” said Hines when sophomore catcher Gabriel Jimenez made the wrong pitch call. Cerritos recorded its first hit when McInerney slapped one up the middle for a single.
The runner was able to advance to second off of a sacrifice bunt by freshman second baseman Alejandro Bueno. The third inning proved to have the most action when Cerritos freshman center fielder Shea Estrin raked a homer to left.
This hit sparked a hit parade for the opposing team. Short stop Aaron Paek singled to left field and was immediately followed by a two run shot by sophomore left fielder Cody Ahrens. This gave Cerritos a two run lead going into the fourth inning. ELAC sophomore shortstop Andy Rodriguez recorded a stolen base when he tagged up off a pop fly by Hernandez.
No advance was made by the runner keeping the score the same. The Huskies finished off the inning with a pick off by Maki at second base.
In the fifth inning Jimenez was hit by a pitch putting a runner on first. Sophomore left fielder Brandon Acosta hit a single to right field. The Huskies tied the game up with two runs batted in by freshman center fielder Steven Villagran. ELAC had bases loaded when a call by the home plate umpire ended the inning on a strikeout.
The call made Hines storm out of the dugout to confront the umpire. “I shouldn’t have to talk to you about balls and strikes. That was wrong and you know it,” said an angry Hines to the home plate umpire.Hines went back to his dugout without a warning or any penalty.Cerritos sophomore first baseman Roberto Salazar Jr. opened the game up in the bottom of the sixth inning adding the third home run of the game.
The Huskies began to fall behind as the game continued. In the top of the seventh inning, a pitching change was made by Cerritos substituting freshman Leonard Salas for sophomore Brian Kossler. Rodriguez had his own RBI to contribute when he doubled to center field. Cerritos scored another run with a single up the middle by sophomore right fielder Michael Gonzalez.
The Huskies tried to comeback and failed by starting the inning with a line drive to second caught by Bueno. The game ended with a strikeout by Cerritos against Brandon Hernandez. Cerritos finished the game with a total of nine hits and two errors, while the Huskies had seven total hits in the game.
The Huskies next game will be tomorrow at home against Long Beach City College at 2:30 p.m.