After a disappointing 1-2 showing at the South Coast Tourney, the Cougars bounced back with a 4-2 victory over the East Los Angeles Huskies in their first home game of the year. Kevin Lenik supplied the Cougars with all the offense necessary with his 2-run blast in the bottom of the second inning to left field, giving the Cougars a 2-0 lead. That was all starting pitcher, John Salas, needed as he pitched a complete game allowing one earned run.
However, the 4-2 victory did not come easily as East Los Angeles attempted to spoil COC’s homecoming with a ninth inning rally. The Huskies got to Salas early in the ninth, getting base runners on first and second with only one out. With the Huskies threatening to steal the game, Salas, retired the last two batters on a pop out to right field and a strikeout to end the game. Coach Chris Cota called John Salas’s game a “great performance.”
Coach Cota also went on to say that while the victory was great he still sees room for improvement. Specifically in the approach that his team had during at bats. He expressed his displeasure with early count swings and the lack of plate discipline. Coach Cota seemed confident that his team would make the proper at bat and plate adjustments for the next game.
The Cougars may want to emulate the formula used to beat the Huskies, great pitching and timely hitting, for their upcoming game against the Cerritos Falcons. The Cougars will host the Falcons on Saturday, February 11 at noon. COC will look to improve to 2-0 on the season and at home.