Valley College splits double header 1-1 with Citrus College.
By Henry Guembes, Staff Writer
As the sky began to cloud late Tuesday afternoon, so did the Lady Monarchs chances at splitting a home doubleheader against Citrus College.
After losing the early game 7-1, Valley found themselves nearly down and out again as they trailed 7-6 in the bottom of the 10th inning with two out, and bases loaded.
Then sophomore Cristina Colon stepped to the plate with only one thing on her mind.
“I saw runners on base, and I knew it was my time,” said Colon.
And that it was.
With the count at 2-1, Cristina Colon sent a line-drive ball to right field sending two runners home to clinch the win. Her game-winning RBI double pushed Valley’s record to 10-14 (6-3) on the season.
A major factor that aided Valley in the second match was their ability to capitalize on Citrus College’s six errors that allowed multiple runners to advance on base. The more errors the Owls made, the more the Monarchs grew into the game. According to Head Coach Frankie Garcia, “confidence” was key.
After the first matchup, Garcia took her girls to left field and addressed what hurt them in game 1; whatever she expressed to her players seemed to ignite that confidence that translated into a meaningful result in the second game.
In the first game however, the Monarchs struggled to get a barrel on the ball, as they were only able to register 5 hits to the Owl’s 10. The third inning was crucial for Citrus College’s triumph in the initial matchup, as they piled on 5 runs to extend their lead to 7-0. Although the bats were cold for Valley in their first meeting, the second leg saw them record 12 hits to Citrus’s 10. The Lady Monarchs went on a sweltering streak in the ninth and tenth inning of the second game, scoring 6 huge runs that led them to their big victory.
“This game speaks volumes to me about the kind of athletes that we have here,” said Garcia. “We have grown immensely from day one.”
With a positive record so far in conference, they will look to continue to ride this emotional wave further into conference play.
“We work extremely hard—we do for every opponent,” said Garcia. “We’re in conference now so every practice matters.”
The Lady Monarchs are back in action Thursday at home vs. the College of the Canyons and on April 5 in a home doubleheader vs. Mission College.