Lady Vaqueros Rule Monarchs 9-1

Toni Davis

Glendale played its last home game of the season on April 19 and beat the Los Angeles Valley College Monarchs 9-1 in six innings.

Family and friends filled up the home seating and the Vaqs were pumped up before game time.

The Lady Vaqueros took advantage of a few errors the Monarchs made in the first inning and Brittni Spear was the first to cross the plate.

In the bottom of the second, Samantha Dickens was the first on base. She was hit by a pitch. Dickens stole second and Nicolby Atallah was walked. Marissa Vasquez laid a bunt down and was safe at first.

Bases were loaded and three Vaquero runs were walked in by the pitcher one after another. The Vaqs ended the inning up 4-0.

In the top of the third inning, the Vaqueros were on their toes and tried to throw Monarch Sylevette Rodriguez out at third. Rodriquez took a hard slide into third baseman, Vasquez, who fell over Rodriquez trying to catch the ball. Both players were trying to get up: Rodriquez, to get home and Vasquez, to keep Rodriguez at third.

“I guess the other player got frustrated and pushed the Glendale player,” an onlooker said.

“I was trying to get up and all of a sudden she pushed me off, and I backed up with my hands up,” said Vasquez. “As soon as I got up, the other coach yelled at me saying I punched his player.

“The umpire said I punched Rodriguez too and threw me out of the game.”

After Vasquez was expelled, Monique Guzman took her place at third base. The Monarchs scored a solo home run in the 5th.

Vaqs were quiet for two innings, but the bases were loaded in the fifth and Glendale pushed two across the plate to end the inning 6-1.

In the bottom of the 6th, Brandy Morin hit a ball to left field that dropped in for a single. Carly Zabka took an inside fast ball and drove it down the third base line for a two-run homer.

“I was excited to get to the plate and when I saw that pitch so I went for it,” said Zabka after the game. “I didn’t know where the ball even went until I was going to second.” Zabka was all smiles.

Brittany Wright singled to right after the excitement and Atallah doubled to score Wright and then end the game.

The Vaqueros had a total of nine hits and no errors.

The coaches gave flowers to the sophomores on the team for their hard work and another season of dedicated play for the Lady Vaqueros.