Softball loss threatens playoff hopes

By Noe Ortega

Lack of hits caused East Los Angeles College softball’s second consecutive loss,2-1, against Pasadena City College at Robinson Park on Monday.

Prior to Monday’s loss, the Huskies lost their last home game of the season on Friday against Cerritos College 10-4.

PCC dominated ELAC the last time they collided but the Huskies came into this game knowing that they needed a win to make it to playoffs.

In the top of the first inning, sophomore centerfielder Monne’t Manning smashed lead-off home run toward left field.

This marked Manning’s 10th home run of the season which is the most in the South Coast Conference-North.

Manning also leads in the SCC-North with the best batting average, which is .505 and passed Chaffey College’s freshman third baseman Veronica Macias who has 37 runs batted in by one.

Unfortunately, this was ELAC’s last run of the game as PCC sophomore pitcher Angel Wintercorn shut out the Huskies for six out of the eight innings played.

After Manning’s home run, the only player who managed to get a hit was sophomore outfielder Sara Serrano in the top of the eighth inning.

Wintercorn finished the game with eight innings pitched, 26 batters faced, allowed two hits, one run and eight strikeouts.

“She (Wintercorn) shut us out. We only had two hits today,” said head coach Erika Blanco.

In the bottom of the eighth inning with bases loaded, freshman first baseman Amanda Flores hit a run batted in single.

ELAC sophomore second baseman Samantha Alvarado threw herself to try to catch the ball but just missed the ball and sophomore left fielder Brianna Hernandez scored the winning run for PCC.

Throughout the game, PCC had three instances where they had bases loaded and were in a position to score.

Bombs away—East Los Angeles College sophomore catcher Destiny Avena swings at a Pasadena City College pitcher on Monday’s 2-1 loss at Robinson Park. CN/noe Ortega

The Huskies were able to neutralize the first two but took the loss in the eighth inning.

“We didn’t hit very well today. We’re better than that. I think we’re better than one run,” said Blanco.

Freshman pitcher Angelita Villalvazo was taken out in the eighth inning after facing 38 batters with six hits, two runs, nine walks and three strikeouts.

Freshman pitcher Majisty Shomo entered in the eighth inning and faced two batters with one walk and an unearned run.

“Our pitchers did well. I thought both of our pitchers did really well today,” said Blanco.

The Huskies were up by one run until the bottom of the sixth inning.

Sophomore third baseman Angelica Lopez hit a ground ball toward center field so that sophomore catcher Jeneve Medrano can run in and tie the game for PCC.

The Huskies played their last game of the season yesterday at Rio Hondo College and won 15-5.

With this win, ELAC is now 21-17 overall and will have to wait for today’s results to see if they get a spot in the playoffs.

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