Home Run Seals Win

A home run in the sixth inning from freshman third baseman Reina Trejo stole the show as EC earned a 6-2 victory away to Pasadena City on March 13.

“Once [Trejo] came in she shut them down so she really stepped up,” Coach Elaine Martinez said. “She shut them down defensively and she picked us up offensively; she’s a double threat.”

The homerun was the straw that broke the camel’s back for Pasadena after EC went down early in the first inning. The Warriors rallied afterwards, producing an impressive offensive show. Two more runs made it 3-1 for EC after two innings.

“I felt like we were gonna come back [in the second inning], get our hits together, come out as a team and get that win. I was really confident that we weren’t gonna let their runs affect us,” Trejo said.

The defensive show proved vital as EC shutout Pasadena for the remainder of the game.

“I feel like our defense did really well. It was really solid and that’s why those two runs didn’t affect us. We knew our defense would pick us up again,” freshman pitcher Danielle Bonsky said.

EC added a run in the fourth inning to make it 4-2 but Pasadena was still fighting in the fifth although without scoring. Trejo’s homerun was the difference in the game and put the game out of reach for Pasadena.

“They were fighting the whole game but the [home run] came in just the right time. Trejo said. “That brought in two runs so that was a big difference,” added Bonsky.

This victory was also a personal victory for Trejo after last week’s heavy loss to Mt. San Antonio in which she struck out three times and failed to get a hit.

“She was so upset with herself after the [Mt. San Antonio] game,” coach Martinez said. “I told her ‘don’t let this game get in your head. You’ve been on a hot streak so don’t let [this game] ruin what you’ve done all season.’ So she did a good job of letting that go and coming back against Pasadena.”

The Mt. Sac loss brought out the fighting spirit in the Warriors and EC is determined to keep up the fight for remainder of the season.

“We’re definitely learning from losses and every game counts, win or lose. We’ll learn to keep our heads up because that was our big downfall,” Bonsky said.

Trejo now has two homeruns in three games and the Warriors (12-9) will continue their run of home games against East Los Angeles (15-4) on March 20.