East County Sports

Braves post 26 runs in win over La Jolla



By Nick Pellegrino
ECS Senior writer

EL CAJON — Grossmont Conference officials once attempted to relocate the baseball team at El Cajon Valley High School to join one of the smaller leagues in the San Diego City Conference,

Why? Give the Braves a chance to compete against schools like Crawford and Hoover after posting a state-record 105-game losing streak in “league games only.”

At the last minute, the administration of the Braves nixed the idea; the school went on to post a second streak of 100-plus losses in league play.

The same situation to developing for ECVHS softball… or maybe it’sending.

Entering the current school year, Braves softball has dropped 92 consecutive Grossmont Valley League contests, last winning in 2013 — it’s been more than a decade.

However, when veteran club coach Jimmy Ross was called upon to change the program, he vowed it would take a year, but he will make it happen.

So far?

In Wednesday’s (Feb, 21) season opener, the Braves, which previously could go a whole season without such offensive production, pushed 26 runs across to plate to destroy visiting La Jolla, 26-2.

The last time ECVHS faced the Vikings came on March 4, 2014, when LJHS posted a 25-1 pasting.

What? A 24-run loss turned around into a 24-run victory? That’s a 48-run switch which might be a California state record… if CalHiSports kept such a statistic

The 26 runs are the most by the Braves since 2007 when they collected 24 against Mount Miguel.

The Braves would score fifteen runs in the first and go on to push across eleven in the second inning.  They would go on to score all their runs on only nine hits in the contest.

Both Asia Victoria and Saleen Quirino would each score four runs while Laura Collins drove in three runs on the day.

Not only did the Braves add a large offensive game run wise they did so on the base paths as they stole thirty-six bases in the game which places them second all-time in San Diego CIF Section history behind the 39 stolen bases by Mt. Empire in a contest against Vincent Memorial back in 1990.

Stats: Accordingto the a Jolla scorekeeper,the Braves stole 32 bases in the contest.