After struggling in the beginning of the match, the Lancers won the battle against East Los Angeles College (ELAC) Thursday evening with major clutch hits. PCC is now 4-1 in SCC North and just one game behind first place Mt. SAC.
Although the Lancers have defeated the Huskies before in a landslide 11-3, they knew they had to approach this game aggressively given that the Huskies’ had a shot at redemption.
Bats were swinging early on in the game when PCC got two runs at the top of the first, then the Huskies tied the game at the bottom of the second. Both teams went back and forth at the plate but it wasn’t until the bottom of the third where the Huskies turned up the heat and forced pressure on the Lancers’ defense as they brought in three runs to lead the game.
“We were kind of playing on our heels, [we were] almost nervous [so] I said ‘We have a really long ball game and we know what their pitcher has so if you get the run support and you settle in defensively you’re going to get the result you want,” head coach Monica Tantlinger said.
PCC started the fourth inning like it was a new ball game. They held the Huskies at a two run lead after pitcher Angel Wintercorn produced forcible hits while the field backed her up. What should’ve been a quick inning ended up being extended an extra 15 minutes when Tantlinger protested over one of ELAC’s players not having a matching jersey.
By the time the game continued the Lancers were up to bat and outfielder Jazmine Cabrera found a gap in centerfield to put PCC in position. Freshman Bree Howard then slammed the door wide open as she homered out to left center with her second run batted in (RBI) and tied the game 5-5.
“I just felt when I had to go up to hit I needed to do whatever was possible for my team,” outfielder Brittany Gonzales said. “Then we started consistently doing what we knew how to do best.”
To demonstrate, the Lancers quickly got the 1-2-3 at the bottom of the fifth and continued to showcase their batting skills, generating five runs. Cabrera put in an RBI while Gonzales added three after flying out to left field on bases loaded.
However the Huskies still managed to pull in one run and brought the score 10-6. At this point, it was still anyone’s game.
As the intensity grew so did the Lancers, thus adding another run to the scoreboard. From then on they kept the Huskies at a halt and finished the game 11-6.
“We both have gotten better since the last time we played each other so I had a feeling this was going to be an exciting game,” shortstop Karina Moreno said.
The Lancers’ next stop will be at Rio Hondo on Tuesday, March 28 at 3 p.m.