SOFTBALL – Defensive miscues in the first game and power in the second lead to a doubleheader split for the “home” team.
By Yesenia Burgara, Staff Wrtier
Valley College dropped the opening game of a doubleheader to Glendale Community College (GCC), 9-5, but came back with a win in the second game, 6-4.
The Lady Monarchs got off to a rocky start on an overcast Tuesday afternoon when pitcher Angelique Ramos gave up a two-run homer to Vaqueros shortstop Jocelyn Zavala in the top of the first inning. The Monarchs answered with an RBI by designated player Janaiya Sansbury, ending the first inning 2-1 at their temporary home, the Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex.
With a score of 3-1 in the fourth, Glendale’s leadoff hitter attempted to steal but catcher Christina Colon threw her out at second. The Lady Monarchs went downhill from there, however, as two baserunners were followed by a hit batsman, loading the bases. A dropped fly by left fielder Vanessa Gonzalez, two RBI hits and a sac fly put Valley behind, 7-1.
The Monarchs’ defense righted itself until shortstop Nelly Sepulveda mishandled a grounder, allowing another Vaqueros run in the sixth. Another tally in the seventh made it 9-1, GCC.
Valley fought back in the seventh when Colon racked an RBI triple, followed by Sansbury’s second RBI (her 10th of the season) and a two-run bomb by Gonzalez, atoning for her earlier miscue. The comeback would end there, however, with a 9-5 loss for the “home” team.
The Lady Monarchs did not allow their first game to dictate the tempo of the second. They started with a two-run blast by Colon in the first inning and ended up with a 6-4 victory. It was the sixth win of the season for Gonzalez, starting the nightcap after an eventful first game in the outfield.
Valley would lose on the road against Bakersfield College that Thursday, 6-7, falling to 10-9 overall and 4-3 in conference. The Lady Monarchs will have a chance to rebound against a conference opponent at College of the Canyons at 2:30 p.m Thursday.