Lady Vaqs Drop Both Games of Double Header


ALMOST FAIR: Lady Vaquero Amanda Zepeda hits a hard line-drive that curved foul at the last minute.

Dustin Rivera, Staff Writer

Early inning struggles for the Lady Vaqeros lead to losses in both games of a doubleheader against the Los Angeles Valley College Monarchs.

The Lady Vaqs opened the first game with an early error by Amanda Carriedo, who played second base, followed by a batter being hit by a pitch and a walk, which loaded the bases. Starting Lady Vaqs pitcher, Kayla Evans, then gave up a hit, which allowed two runs to score.

The Lady Vaqs got on the scoreboard in the top of the third inning when a sacrifice fly by catcher Jena Kaser scored first baseman Claire Ortiz.

The Lady Vaqs extended its lead in the top of the fifth inning on a double to center by Vanessa Mendoza, which scored right fielder Kelsie Ange. Between batters, there was a throwing error on a pickoff attempt to third, which scored Vanessa Mendoza, who had advanced to third on a groundout.

The Lady Vaqs brought a one run lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but gave up an early walk, followed by a bunt, which advanced the Monarch runner to second, who later scored on a double, tying the game.

In bottom of the final inning, with the game tied, the Lady Vaqs gave up an early error by Carriedo, which put the game winning run on base. A single by the next batter put the game winning run in scoring position. The game would end after the next at bat with a single to deep left field, scoring the runner on second.

In game two, the Lady Vaqs got off to another rocky start, giving up two runs in the first inning on one hit, one of which was a stolen base and the second an error.

The Lady Vaqs took the lead, though, in the top of the third inning when Kaser hit a three-run home run to deep center.

The Lady Vaqs hopes for victory fell apart in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The inning started with a runner reaching first base on an infield single back to the pitcher. The runner advanced to second base on the next pitch when pitcher Katie Bakhshian threw a wild pitch. A ground ball to the second baseman advanced the runner to third base, who would later score on a single to center field.

A ground ball was hit under the legs of second baseman, Carriedo, put runners on first and second. A blooper hit to center loaded the bases, and a couple batters later a single by the Monarchs would score two, giving the Monarchs the runs needed to win the game 5-3.

The Vaqueros will play another doubleheader against College of the Canyons Thursday starting at 1 p.m. at the Glendale Sports Complex.