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Glendale Community College softball back in the hunt

Softball: GCC sweeps Santa Monica in doubleheader to move to .500 in division play.

March 21, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • The Glendale Community College softball team won both games of its doubleheader with Santa Monica College Thursday.
The Glendale Community College softball team won both… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

GLENDALE — After having little to no offense to speak of in the first half of Wednesday's doubleheader, the Glendale Community College softball team disposed of visiting Santa Monica College with a mercy rule win to sweep the day.

The Vaqueros won the opener in walk-off fashion as Claire Ortiz, a Crescenta Valley High graduate, drove in the winning run of the 1-0 game.

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What was a one-run affair through four innings of the second game was blown open with Glendale scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth and three more in the sixth en route to a 10-2 win at the Glendale Sports Complex.

It was a big day for Glendale, as it’s now on a five-game winning streak that's brought its record to 13-11 and to an even 3-3 in the Western State Conference Blue Division.

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“We went from 8-11 to 13-11,” said Glendale Coach Dave “Hawk” Wilder, who pointed out the importance of his team's upcoming home game with Citrus College Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. “We're now back in the running, we're .500 in league.”

GCC racked up 11 hits and took advantage of four Santa Monica errors in Wednesday's second game. Amanda Carriedo led the way with a three-for-four, two-runs-batted-in performance in the final game of the day.

“It was very important [to sweep today] just to help out our record and everything,” Carriedo said. “We wanted to come out here and play hard and we did.

“I'm very excited [with my game], I've been in a slump so this was really good for me.”

Santa Monica (2-19, 0-8 in conference) took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second inning on a Selma Cortez two-run home run. GCC responded with a leadoff homer from Vanessa Mendoza (two for four) and a Carriedo RBI single in the bottom of the third inning to take back the lead, 3-2, with an error later scoring Carriedo.

Ortiz, who plays first, had another great performance in the second game. She gunned down two runners at home in the third and fifth inning, while it was still tightly contested. Wilder said she won the team's “dirt eater award” for outstanding defensive play in the infield.

“She played phenomenal, this is the first time she's ever played first base and never batted left until this year,” Wilder said. “She's a major player and she's done a great job as a freshman.”

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