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Glendale Community College softball team does it all in victory

Softball: Ange has seven RBI and Bakhshian pitches well in 8-3 conference win against L.A. Mission.

April 02, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Glendale Community College's Katie Bakhshian picked up the complete-game victory in the circle over LA Mission College.
Glendale Community College's Katie Bakhshian… (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

GLENDALE — When the Glendale Community College softball team last saw L.A. Mission College, the Eagles swept the Vaqueros in a doubleheader with pitcher Kelsey Christopherson dealing a no-hitter in the finale.

While it was a tough blow for GCC, its confidence wasn’t shaken when the two teams faced off again in a Western State Conference Blue Division game Tuesday at the Glendale Sports Complex. The Vaqueros snapped a three-game losing streak with a solid all-around performance in the circle and at the plate that produced an 8-3 win.

PHOTOS: GCC vs. L.A. Mission College softball

It is Kelsie Ange’s line that jumps off the stat book in the game, as the freshman center fielder fell just a double shy of the cycle in a three-for-three day that included a grand-slam, a three-run scoring triple and an infield single.

“Kelsie had seven RBI, what can you say about her? She came in huge and our pitching came in huge,” said GCC Coach Dave “Hawk” Wilder, highlighting the performance of Katie Bakhshian, who earned the complete-game victory. “Their two best hitters [Christopherson and Monique Guzman] that are two and three in the Western Conference [in batting average] went one for eight. When you’re doing that, you can beat anybody.”

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While hopes are the victory might be a turning point for Glendale (14-14, 4-6 in conference), it may be too late at this point. The Vaqueros are sixth in their division and will need to win out with 10 games left in the regular season to even have a hope at the playoffs, Wilder said.

As usual, Wilder praised not only the all-around effort from the team but the coaching staff, with GCC assistant infield coach George Dumais and outfield coach Sal Pizzo helping the team click Tuesday.

“It just shows what you can do when you put your mind to it and really play,” said Wilder, whose team had seven hits off Christopherson and also drew three walks. “I don’t think we’ve really played the way we can with these freshmen. Today, we played like the team I thought we had at the very start.”

Ange found herself up with the bases loaded twice Tuesday. In the bottom of the first inning with two outs, it was up to her to jump-start the Vaqueros, who’d been struggling, and she did just that when she whipped a ball over the head of L.A. Mission's right fielder and cruised into third for a stand-up triple that put GCC up, 4-2.

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