South Pasadena suffered a 6-1 loss last Thursday in a home game against Monrovia High School. The Tigers (3-7 overall) are off to a tough start in league.
As has been the case multiple times this season, a couple of brief letdowns hurt the boys again Thursday afternoon. After getting out to a one-run lead after two innings, the Tigers gave up a four runs at the top of the 3rd, and never recovered. Though the final score showed a five-run differential, South Pasadena actually outhit Monrovia 6-5.
It was the four errors on the Tigers part that made the difference.
The battle against the Wildcats came two games after a thrilling extra innings loss to the La Cañada Spartans on March 20. Facing a starting pitcher rumored to be a University of Southern California recruit, South Pas held its own, playing stellar defense and squeezing out a run to extend the game. Unfortunately, La Cañada put an end to the contest in the 9th with a walk off homer.
The season is still young, and head coach Chris Cortinez is prepared to let things play out.
“We just missed a signal here and there,” a disappointed Cortinez said after the road loss to the Spartans. “We had our opportunities.”
The Tigers’ next game is a non-league contest against Village Christian tomorrow at home at 10 a.m.
Photos by Joseph Ruiz