Softball wins in a shutout

Jordyn East, sophomore pitcher, throws the ball during a recent game at the Orange Coast College Softball Field.

Orange Coast College’s softball team is off to a hot start after completing its third shut-out game in a row beating East LA College 10-0 on Jan. 30.

Sophomore pitcher Jordyn East and Sarah Ramirez combined to give up just two hits in its five inning mercy rule victory.

East improves to 2-0 on the season with 16 strikeouts in her 11 scoreless frames.

“We’re throwing outs right now. We’re setting up batters right now to try to throw a ground ball or fly ball,” head coach Jodie Legaspi-Kiaha said. “We’re taking take of business on defense and our pitchers are throwing where they’re supposed to throw.”

The Pirates offense didn’t skip a beat and rallied to get 10 runs on 11 hits to run rule the visiting Huskies.

After loading the bases on three consecutive singles, sophomore outfielder Shawna Aguerrebe singled to left field to start OCC’s scoring marathon early in the second inning.

After a sacrifice fly by freshman infielder Brooklyn Pack and RBI single by sophomore outfielder Jessica Scotty, Coast went up 3-0 early and showed no sign of slowing down.

Freshman infielder Madison LeClaire showed off her homerun trot after she blasted a ball over the fence in the 4th inning to push the Pirates lead to 9-0.     

LeClaire led the Pirates with three RBI’s from the homerun to deep left-centerfield.  

Freshman outfielder Joanna Michaels capped off the scoring with a line drive triple to centerfield to score sophomore utility player Madison Taylor.

“We have the speed, we have the power and we have that finesse with our game play and I think that is going to help us to continue to produce runs,” Legaspi-Kiaha said.

This year, the Pirates look to make a name for themselves in Orange Empire Conference.

The OEC is slated to be one of the toughest conferences in the state.

Legaspi-Kiaha said this season’s team would not be where they are now without the foundation laid by previous teams.

 In previous unsuccessful but building seasons, the Pirates hope to hit to its stride this season and continue to grow as a program.

After rain derailed a weekend home series against San Diego City College and Southwestern College, the Pirates hope to continue its early successes in a non-conference game today as they take on San Bernardino Valley College  at 3 p.m. at home.

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