IMPERIAL — The Imperial Valley College Lady Arabs mounted an early comeback on a sizzling Wednesday afternoon home game against the Mesa junior college Olympians to pull off a 7-5 victory.
At the top of the first inning, the Olympians began the game with a drawn walk. With two outs, Mesa batted in a run up the middle which scored the first points of the contest. The two-out rally continued on a bloop-single that put anther runner in scoring position. After a hit batsman, the Lady Arabs found themselves in an early bases-loaded jam. A stand-up triple over the right fielder’s head leaked in three more runs for Mesa to close out the top half of the first, up 4-0.
Melanie Ibarra matched Mesa’s triple with one of her own in IVC’s first at bat. Claudia Gasca knocked in her teammate with an RBI bunt that brought the score to 4-1. Pitcher Maritza Rojas helped out the cause when she singled a bouncer up the middle that allowed another run for the 4-2 split. After Sinclaire Mayses flyball dripped in, Rebeka Jimenez got a hold of a double that scored two more to even things up at four a piece going into the second inning.
The 90 degree heat began to take it’s toll when the bats slowed down for the next three innings. In the bottom of the third, a triple by Rojas gave the Lady Arabs a favorable scoring scenario that did not go unappreciated as Jimenez ripped a rocket into deep right that yielded another run as Rojas crossed the plate to give IVC the 5-4 lead.
Quick work by Ibarra resulted in a single into left field when she caught the outfield napping on a stolen base. Gacsa hit the same exact spot as Ibarra that put runners on the corners. Ibarra continued her astute baserunning when a pickle scenario allowed her to beat the throw at home and make it a 6-4 game for IVC.
Rojas stepped up and smashed a sacrifice-fly to her Center Fielder for her third RBI and the 7-4 Lady Arab lead.
The Olympians were able to drive in another run but could not continue to piece together hits and would fall short mounting the comeback.
The Lady Arabs took on Mount San Jacinto on Friday and skipped town with 9-1 blowout. TIVC is now 17-7 overall and 8-5 in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Action. The next game will be on April 18th in San Bernardino at 2:00 p.m. The last two home games are scheduled for April 19th at 1pm against Palomar and April 25 at 1:00 p.m. versus San Diego City College to close out the regular season.