By Jon Peacock/Staff Writer
After six straight years of losing to Mount San Antonio, ranked 14th in the state, the Viking softball team won, 8-2, on Tuesday, April 14th.
The Vikings faced Mt. SAC for the third time this season. The last two games ended in 7-2 and 9-1 losses for the Vikings.
In the top of the second inning Mount San Antonio took the lead, 1-0. However, the lead didn’t last long. With the bases loaded, Viking center fielder Vanessa Valdez, a freshman, hit a double, allowing three runs to score. Freshman first baseman Andrea Barb ripped a single, scoring Valdez. Barb then scored on an error. With one out in the inning, sophomore catcher Jenny Santiago scored on a ground out to second base. LBCC ended the second inning up 6-1.
The Vikes were able to hold Mt. SAC to only one run during the third inning. During the bottom of the fifth, the Vikings scored two more runs, making the final score 8-2.
The season has been a tough one for LBCC with 13 wins, 24 losses and one tie. The Vikes battled this season with a young team consisting of 13 freshman and only four sophomores. Sports information specialist Chris Ruiz said, “Hopefully they can end the season on a good note.” He also said their last two games will be against tougher teams in the division, and winning them would make coach Melissa Angel happy.
The Vikes’ last two games are at home against El Camino and East Los Angeles. The last time LBCC faced El Camino, the Vikes suffered a 10-2 loss. The last time LBCC played East Los Angeles, the Vikes were defeated, 3-2.
The Vikings play El Camino on Thursday, April 16, at 3 p.m. and East Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 21, at 3 p.m.