The Rio Hondo Softball team continued the second half of their season but still could not get it together, giving up the most runs they have so far this season to the El Camino Warriors in a 19-5 loss.
Having started off the season with three wins and two losses, the Lady Roadrunners have now lost their last 11 of 15 games and tried their best to correct their mistakes going into the game against El Camino Mar. 16.
Rio hoped to change things immediately and did so in the bottom of the first, when Serina Castrellon doubled to left field and brought in Brenae Martinez for the first run of the game.
The game would be close for the next three innings but four errors from the infield allowed El Camino to get seven runs off six hits, with El Camino’s Ashley Machado adding an exclamation mark to the game with her home run that gave them a 6 run advantage heading into the bottom of the fourth inning.
Not much was going right for the Lady Roadrunners in the next three innings and things managed to get much worse in the sixth inning when Rio allowed 12 runs on six hits and seven errors. El Camino showed why they were winners of nine straight coming into the game.
Rio still had something left in them in the sixth inning with the first coming off a fielder’s choice from El Camino, throwing to third and tagging out Martinez at third while letting Alicia Olivas score.
Two separate errors from El Camino let Tiana Rodriguez and Castrellon score unearned runs and Paige Aguilar added one more run after a Karina Gomez RBI single. The damage was too much however, with the game ending after a full six innings with the final score being 19-5.
The pitching has seen better days with starting pitcher Martinez throwing five innings, allowing 11 runs in nine hits, six errors and only one strikeout for the day. It did not get much better for relief pitcher Desiree Rhodes, pitching one inning but allowing eight runs on five hits and three errors.
Martinez had a better day offensively, going 2-for-3 and scoring a run on the day. Castrellon, Gomez and Marissa Macias all went 1-for-3 and had an RBI each on the day.
The Lady Roadrunners will have an early double header on Mar 18, going up against Antelope Valley College at 10 a.m and face Mount San Jacinto College later on that day at 12 p.m.