By Noe Ortega
Softball came back to win its eighth conference game of the season on Thursday against Chaffey College 5-3 at home.
East Los Angeles College had a slow start to the game compared to Chaffey which was able to get three runs in the top of the third inning.
While the Huskies were able to get hits on sophomore pitcher Veronica Macias in every inning, they weren’t able to score until the bottom of the third.
Freshman pitcher Serena Lopez was the starting pitcher for ELAC, but pitched for two innings.
She finished with two strikeouts, five hits, three runs, but one of them was an earned run, including a solo homerun from Chaffey freshman third baseman Tyani Lowe.
Sophomore pitcher Majisty Shomo came in for Lopez in the top of the third inning with a player on first base and one out.
Chaffey freshman right fielder Michaela Shaughnessy hit the ball toward third base, and sophomore third baseman Jennifer Rivera made a double play to get the second and third out to end Chaffey’s best inning.
Shomo shut out Chaffey for the rest of the game with four strikeouts and no hits.
In the bottom of the third inning, sophomore left fielder Sarah Chavez hit a sacrifice bunt to get sophomore shortstop Julie Granadeno to second base.
Freshman first baseman Puatausaga Johnson was up to bat and hit a run batted in single to bring home Granadeno and score the Huskies first run of the game.
“We started off flat, but I just think that we need someone to bust it open, and as soon as we did that we got on top of it,” Johnson said.
Johnson finished the game with one run, two hits and an RBI.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, freshman third baseman Jennifer Rivera was at bat with Chavez on second and Johnson on first base. Rivera smashed the ball toward centerfield and got an RBI single to bring home Chavez and decrease Chaffey’s lead to one run.
Freshman catcher Melanie Torres followed up with an RBI triple off of a mistake from Chaffey freshman right fielder Shaughnessy who let a ground ball slip through her hands.
With these two runs the Huskies took their first lead of the game 4-3.
The Huskies continued to get hits off of Chaffey pitcher Macias in the bottom of the sixth inning with a single from freshman designated player Mia Morales, who was then switched with pinch runner Kimberly Rodriguez.
Freshman center fielder Jasmine Flores came up to bat and hit a double off of an error from sophomore first baseman Lisette Rosales.
Granadeno grounded out toward center field, but it allowed Rodriguez to run in and give the Huskies a two-run lead. The Huskies will play their last game of the season against conference rivals Mount San Antonio College today at 5 p.m. at Mt. Sac.
“I feel like there is a lot of pressure because they’re counting on me, since I have more experience than our freshman pitcher. If she’s down, I have to pick her up and if I’m down, she picks me up,” Shomo said.