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Glendale Community College softball rolls through Gateway College in Glendale Tournament

Softball: Big first inning helps Glendale Community College earn 11-0 tournament win.

February 01, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

GLENDALE — Even without the benefit of a hit, the members of the Glendale Community College still enjoyed a huge opening inning during a pool-play game of their tournament Friday night at the Glendale Sports Complex.

The Vaqueros showed patience at the plate while batting for nearly 20 minutes, racking up five walks and scoring five runs. The Glendale coaching staff wasn’t even aware the Vaqueros hadn’t registered a hit.

“I thought maybe we had one or two hits,” said Glendale assistant Sal Pizzo, who saw Glendale pick up an 11-0 victory against Gateway College (Ariz.) in a game called in the fifth inning because of the mercy rule in the eighth annual Glendale Tournament. “It’s good to see them step in there and be patient because that’s something we’ve talked a lot about.

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“We talked about how you can’t give away at-bats. We have a lot of freshmen and we hope the jitters are gone.”

The Vaqueros, who won the event and appeared in the playoffs last season, opened the tournament earlier Friday with a 3-1 pool-play loss against Moorpark before bouncing back with a 9-5 pool-play victory against Victor Valley. Glendale will meet Santiago Canyon or Ventura in an elimination game at 1 p.m. Saturday at the same site.

In the first inning against Gateway, the first three batters reached base via walk or hit by pitch. Lemus then walked on a 3-0 pitch to score Amanda Zepeda to give Glendale a 1-0 lead. A throwing error by the catcher extended the advantage to 2-0 and Sofia Garcia scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0.

Nicole Saucillo walked with the bases loaded to make it 4-0 before Kelsie Ange drove in a run with a ground out to complete the scoring.

The huge inning was enough to support Glendale starting pitcher Katie Bakhshian, a right-hander who allowed two hits in three innings before reliever Kayla Evans hurled a pair of scoreless innings.

“When the team is hitting behind me, it gives me a lot of momentum,” said Bakhshian, who got five ground-ball outs. “It’s huge to have that big first inning.”

Glendale, which was without Coach Dave “Hawk” Wilder because of illness, provided additional support for Bakhshian.

The Vaqueros, who finished with three hits, took a 6-0 lead in the second on an error.

Glendale scored five more runs in the third.

Zepeda made it 7-0 with a bases-loaded walk and Amanda Carriedo grounded into a force at second base to make it 8-0.

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