ELAC Headed to State Baseball Playoffs

Huskies rally to defeat Canyon 6-5: Plays Oxnard Friday.

By EGP Staff Report

Scoring a dramatic 6-5 play-in game victory over visiting College of the Canyons Tuesday, East Los Angeles College earned the right to advance to the State baseball playoffs.

The 15th-seeded Huskies (24-13) play No. 2 Oxnard (27-9) in a first-round State Southern Region best two-out-of-three series Friday and Saturday at Oxnard. Game 1 starts at 2 p.m. Friday, with Game 2 set for Saturday at 11 a.m. A third game, if necessary, will start 30 minutes after Game 2.

ELAC rallied last week to win its final three games and gain a share of the South Coast Conference title along with Cerritos and Long Beach. On Tuesday, the Huskies rallied again for a come-from behind victory over the 18th-seeded Cougars.

Canyons (19-17-1) had a 5-4 lead, but would see the dry up in the 8th with Kevin Amezquita’s single to center field and Jonathan Larson’s bunt that resulted in a throwing error putting runners at first and third for Michael Aguilar. Aguilar singled to score Amezquita with the tying run.

After a bunt single by Zach Ashford loaded the bases, Eduardo Pedroza singled to right to score Larson. Yamel Zamudio flied out to right and Aguilar was thrown out trying to score from third. Daniel Moriel popped up to end the eighth.

Needing to retire Canyons’ 3-4-5 batters, pitcher Shawn Kennedy, who entered the game in relief in the seventh, struck out Canyons’ David Oppenheim to start the ninth. But Roberto Ramos singled to left and Dylan Freyre singled up the middle.

Kennedy got Chris Devery to line out to center. Ramos advanced to third on the play and was then ruled out on appeal for leaving second base too soon after Kennedy threw to shortstop Kevin Rodriguez.

East Los Angeles College third baseman Michael Aguilar attempts to tag out College of the Canyons’ J.D. Krauskopf Tuesday on a close play during the second inning. (Photo by Mario Villegas)

East Los Angeles College third baseman Michael Aguilar attempts to tag out College of the Canyons’ J.D. Krauskopf Tuesday on a close play during the second inning. (Photo by Mario Villegas)

Ironically, Canyons’ season opened and ended against the Huskies. And plays by Ramos, the 2013 City Section Player of the Year at San Fernando High School, determined the outcome of each game. Canyons defeated ELAC, 3-2, on a walk-off home run by Ramos when the teams met in the season opener back in February.

Kennedy, who relieved Tony Monroy in the seventh, earned the victory to raise his record to 9-4.

The sophomore from San Dimas High School allowed an unearned run on four hits, struck out five and walked none. He threw 47 pitches; 32 for strikes.

Roman Davalos started and left the game after the sixth trailing 3-2. He gave up three runs, including two earned runs, nine hits, struck out one and walked none.

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