Vanguards shutout Raiders
By Yaresly Sanchez
La Habra Journal
Sonora baseball was going steady in its seventh match of the season against the El Modena Vanguards, up until an 8-run inning made the chance at a victory a long shot.
Sonora (3-4) has had a tough time this season playing at home field, where the game against El Modena (5-2) turned to be their third at-home loss in three games.
It didn’t exactly start off that way.
The Raiders were only down 2-0 at the start of the third inning where Sonora was able to shutout the Vanguards from scoring in the third inning, but El Modena quickly turned that over.
The fifth-inning proved to show that El Modena had a dominant offense after they blasted eight runs off of Sonora’s pitchers.
The pitching staff seemed to be the point where the Raiders struggled the most after five errors from junior Manny Casas resulted in six runs, and another five errors from junior Trent Rodriguez gave the Vanguards another five runs to bring the score 11-0.
Sonora was able to keep the Vanguards from scoring in the sixth and seventh innings, and even tried to take any opportunity to get at least a point on the scoreboard.
The bottom of the sixth inning seemed hopeful for the Raiders who were able to get two walks after pitching errors from La Modena, however, even after having enough hitting opportunities to bring home a run, Sonora couldn’t connect the plays.
The Raiders averaged a .136 batting percentage after they were only able to get three hits off of 22 at-bats.
Sonora Head Coach Pat Tellers was unsatisfied with the teams performance on the field, and said the Raiders have to improve on “everything” if they want to move to forward.
“We’re not playing very good defense,” Tellers said. “We’re just not playing very well right now. Hopefully we can turn it around.”
Sonora will have another shot at boosting their home record as it gears up to face La Serna, Tuesday at 3:15 p.m.