East County Sports

Braves’ skid is over! Share softball lead!




By Nick Pellegrino
ECS Senior writer

SPRING VALLEY – The chronicles about El Cajon Valley baseball have been noted in the journals of CalHiSports for decades — The Braves own the state record for most consecutive losses in league ballgames only.

Howecer, few know about a possible similar standard growing in softball.

Starting in the 2012-13 season, ECVHS enter this season with 81 consecutive losses in league softball, usually in the Grossmont Valley League.

Good newds! The streak is no more!

On Tuesday (Apr. 9), the Braves ended the forgetable streak by downing host Mount Mifuel, 15-11, in the GVL opner for both sides.

The victory ended a slump which starting following another win over the Matadors, coming at home by the count of 14-8 on Apr. 25, 2013 — a span of more than a dcade.

Oddly, because of a lack of playhers, it was also the season wqhen the Braves only played one round of the league schedule, then vacated the rest of their campaign.

Luckily, they did so at exactly the halfway point of the GVLschedule, so every opponent was even and no one held an advantage could’ve effected the pennant race.


The ballgame

ECVHS held leads of 4-0 and 8-4, but the Matadors scored three times in the second, then two in the third to assume an 9-8 lead.

However, the Braves responded with a 6-spot in the fourth, then shutout Mount Miguel over the next 3.1 innings to maintain the lead and end the skid.

Freshman pitcher Asia Victoria firec 5.1 innings of 4-hit ball to collect the historic triumph. Victoria strcuk out 8 Matadors batters.

On offense, Victoria also cracked a two-run homer for the Braves. She also scored three times.

Others on offense were Saleen Quirino (3 hits, 2 RBI) and Denae Hayes (3 runs).

For Mount Miguel, Klarissa went 3-for-5, with three runs and a pair of RBI. Kelly Jelowearadded ahit fort two RBI.

El Cajon Valley is now 8-4 overall, but the league record is what matters. For the first since East County Sports debited on Feb. 1, 2000, we state that the Braves share first plac ein the Grossmont Valley League at 1-0 with West Hills.

Mount Miguel (6-7) dropped its third straight. The Matadors has won exactly 20 straight in the series.


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