Story and photo by Adrian Arvizu

After returning from the Ventura Tournament where it finished 3-1, the Viking softball team has striked out on their way to the postseason after falling to El Camino 8-1 on Thursday, March 30.

Before the game, team captain and sophomore utility player Daisy Velasquez talked about the plan to carry the momentum from the ventura tournament to the conference game.

Velasquez said, “We had great attitude throughout the tournament. It’s one of the things we do really good and we can carry it to all of our games.”

The Vikings loss against El Camino. Freshman pitcher Vanessa Montanez struggled early, giving up six unearned runs in the second inning.

Viking defense made two errors, allowing more runs to score. Anissa Hamilton came on in relief in the top of the third and pitched five innings with seven strikeouts, but gave up two earned runs.

The Vikings offense was limited to no runs through six innings. With six hits, the Vikings could not produce a run scoring situations. LBCC Coach Megan Martinez said, “It was very uncharacteristic of us, our defense was not as strong as it usually is, but we will bounce back.”