SOFTBALL: Valley College faces the Corsairs back-to-back on Tuesday and ended the day as victors.
By Jorge Belon, Managing Editor
On a sunny afternoon, Valley College scored a combined 21 runs in two games against Santa Monica College (SMC) at their temporary home, Sepulveda Basin Sports Complex . The Lady Monarchs swept the doubleheader to improve to a 3-0 conference record and 9-6 overall.
“This team’s energy is amazing,” said Valley infielder Nelly Sepulveda. “We always pick each other up when it is rough. Somehow we always come back in the last innings – it’s pretty amazing.”
Valley broke the first-game deadlock in the bottom of the fifth frame with two runs from hard line drive hits plating third basewoman Katherine Auduray and first basewoman Anna Belle Guillen.
Santa Monica came right back and scored four runs in the top of the sixth on Valley’s only three errors of the game (two dropped popups on the infield and a mistimed throw).
In the bottom of the seventh, still trailing 4-2, the Monarchs had pinch runner Erika Rebollar on third base and catcher Cristina Colon on second with one out. On a one-strike count, Sepulveda smacked the ball over Santa Monica’s second baseman into center field. Rebollar scored, Sepulveda and Colon taking second and third to set up the potential winning run.
Pinch hitter Janaiya Sarsbury wasted no time, whacking a line drive past the Corsairs’ first baseman’s foot to complete the 5-4 comeback victory.
In the second game, the ladies in green completed the sweep.
They turned the nightcap into a laugher with six runs in the first and at least one tally in every inning. Colon, Sepulveda and Auduray all three hit in-the-park homers. Starter Angelique Ramos was perfect until Santa Monica registered two hits in the fourth.
The game ended after the top of the fifth due to the “mercy rule” with Valley winning, 16-0.
“It was our mindset that made the difference in the second game,” said Valley freshman center fielder Sabrina Juarez. “We did not come fully prepared and focused mentally in the first game, but we still got the job done.”
However, the Lady Monarchs would fail to ride the momentum on the road, as they lost to Antelope Valley College 6-1 on Thursday and fell to 3-1 in conference and 9-7 overall. They had a chance to get back on track with a home doubleheader March 17 against conference opponent Glendale Community College.