IMPERIALÂ – After an unexpected field flooding, the Imperial Valley College/Mt. San Jacinto Pacific Coast Athletic Conference womenâ€™sâ€™ softball matchup was relocated to Calipatria High School on March 15 where the Lady Arabs jumped ahead of the Eagles and then had to battle back to pull off the 6-3 victory.
IVC retired the other side in the top of the first inning three-up, three-down on a strikeout followed by two back-to-back ground outs.
In the bottom of the first, Maritza Rojas reached second base on a two-out double.Â On the next at-bat, Rebecca Silva made solid contact, but a clutch catch by the Eagles’ center fielder closed out the inning and prevented the scoring threat.
Mt. San Jacintoâ€™s first batter led off the second with an infield single, but was left stranded on the base pads when the Lady Arabs’ tight-fisted defense shut down the next three hitters in consecutive order.
IVC’s Victoria Martinez and Celeste Bernal started off the bottom of the second with two singles that placed a runner in scoring position with no outs, but discipline on the mound and crafty fielding resulted in a strike out and two pop outs that once again assisted the Eagles in eluding the jam.
Atop the third, the Lady Arabs took care of business and produced another quick field outing as another strike out by Rojas and two routine grounders put IVC right back behind the plate in the third.
With one away, Rojas got on board on a single.Â Silva singled as well and the fourth batter of the inning, Martinez, knocked in her teammate to score the first points of the contest that gave IVC a 1-0 lead at the end of the third inning.Â Â Â
After another shutout inning by IVC, the Lady Arabs scored again in the bottom of the fourth as Melannie Ibarra got a hold of one and a fielding error by Mt. San Jacinto which gave her daylight on the base pads to earn an infield home run and a 2-0 score for the Arabs. Â
In the top of the fifth inning, the Eagles’ bats began to find the ball as well as gaps in the infield when Mt. San Jacinto rallied back to make the score 3-2 heading into the bottom half of five.
Both units were blanked in their next batting opportunities and the score remained 3-2 with only two at-bats left for IVC.
The Lady Arabs’ first three batters singled to begin the bottom of the sixth inning, which busted open the rally where IVC was able to knock in four more runs, and the score board read 6-3 after six.
After the fifth inning scare, the Lady Arabs ruined any more back-door comeback attempts by Mt. San Jacinto as IVC closed out the contest successfully with a final score of 6-3.
On March 17, the Lady Arabs traveled to Palomar City College where an early 1-0 lead was insufficient against the three late Comet scores that edged IVC 3-1.
The Lady Arabs’ next game will be at home Wednesday at 1:00 pm against the San Bernardino Valley College Wolverines.Â