Softball: Falcons win one of two conference games on the day

Jimena Velazquez is greeted at home plate after her two-run home run
Jimena Velazquez is greeted at home plate after her two-run home run

Needing to make up several games postponed by rain, the Cerritos College softball team played two games on Monday against two different teams. The Falcons opened the day with a 7-1 loss to Pasadena City College and came back to hand East Los Angeles College a 6-1 decision. The busy week continues for Cerritos (11-9, 5-2), as they travel to Los Angeles Harbor College on Tuesday for another South Coast Conference game.

Cerritos vs. Pasadena City: The Lancers opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. It was a 3-0 game heading into the bottom of the third inning where sophomore second baseman Alyssa Sotelo (El Rancho HS) hit a one-out solo home run. Although the Falcons would be able to get runners on base throughout the game, they could not come up with the clutch hit to score. They left runners on second and third base on the fourth inning, as well as runners on first and second in the sixth inning. After Pasadena City scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning, Cerritos saw Sotelo lead off with a walk, followed by a base hit by freshman outfielder Jazmine Macias (La Mirada HS). After sophomore first baseman Richere Leduc (California HS) dropped in a base hit, with Macias getting forced out at second base, the game ended when sophomore third baseman Brooklyn Bedolla (Mayfair HS) popped up, with Leduc too far off the base and was doubled up.

Cerritos vs. East Los Angeles: Able to score single runs in the second, third and fourth innings, the Falcons were cruising behind the arm of freshman starting pitcher Reanna Carranza (El Rancho HS). In the second inning, sophomore outfielder Alyssa Capps (Downey HS) drove in freshman outfielder Jocelyn Doan (Walnut HS) on an infield hit. After Macias laced a one-out double, she eventually scored on a double off the glove of Huskies third baseman Alexis Alvarez, who made several outstanding plays in the game. Capps scored the team's third run after she bunted for a single, stole second base and eventually came home on a sacrifice fly by Macias. Freshman catcher Jimena Velazquez (Fullerton HS) added a two-run home run in the fifth inning, with Carranza (4IP, 0 runs, 1 hit) earning the win in the circle, while sophomore Samantha Islas (Roosevelt HS) earned a save. She came on in the top of the fifth inning with two outs and the bases loaded and the Falcons holding on to a 3-1 lead. She ended up striking out three batters in 2 1/3 innings.

Photos by Daryl Peterson