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Girl’s Softball Powered by Strong Bats

By: April Zavala

Despite dropping their first 605-League game at Pioneer by a score of 12-11, the Eagles’ softball team proved themselves to be a great team during their pre-season games. At press time (Monday, March 21) the girls currently hold a record of 8-7 (5-1 home and 3-6 away).

The Eagles had an 11-8 lead heading into the bottom of the 6th inning, but Pioneer stormed back with a walk-off win, scoring two in the 6th and 2 more in the 7th to take the first  league game of the season. The teams will have a rematch at Glenn on Friday, April 8.

Some of their amazing preseason wins highlight the booming offense of this team, including defeats of Firebaugh by a score of 19-5, Ganesha (19-6), Cabrillo (20-1), Leuzinger (17-3), and Gabrielino (12-2). They currently stand at 3rd in the 605 League and 18th in the Division VI for softball.

Some of their star players include senior Gabriela Ortega, junior Kaylani Moncada, as well as Julia Cole, Beatriz Galvez, Aileen Lopez, Anais Perez, and Kristy Rodriguez.

We look forward to seeing how great the girls will do during the rest of their 605-League games. The girls would love and deserve your support, especially at home where the Eagles have dominated. Here is the remaining softball schedule:

  • Fri, 3/25 (@ Whitney)
  • Tue, 3/29 (@ Oxford)
  • Wed, 3/30 (vs. Montebello)
  • Fri, 4/1 (vs. Cerritos)
  • Tue, 4/5 (@ Artesia)
  • Fri, 4/8 (vs. Pioneer)
  • Tue, 4/12 (vs. Oxford)
  • Thu, 4/14 (@ Cerritos)
  • Fri, 4/22 (vs. WDVHS)
  • Tue, 4/26 (vs. Artesia)

Eagle Athlete Spring Spotlight: Gabriela Ortega

(Girl’s Volleyball and Softball)

By April Zavala

Senior Gabriela Ortega is John Glenn High School’s star softball player who is known for her fascinating pitching skills that often leave her opponents stunned. She has played softball all four years of high school and is considering playing in college.

Aside from softball, she has also played volleyball all four years of high school. She played middle position for the team and won us our very first game with an ace! She is captain of both teams and plays both sports extremely well while balancing school work and homework on top of it all, which is what makes her our Spotlight Athlete for spring.

Q: How do you feel having been chosen for our Spotlight Athlete?

A: I think it feels good! It is a demonstration of all the hard work I put into the softball field every day.

Q: Considering how young everyone on the team is, what is it like being a mentor/role model to them?

A: I think it is a good thing because my coaches believe I can help whenever they need me to step up; although it can also be a challenge since they don’t always take things seriously.

Q: What are your plans after high school?

A: My plans after high school are to continue my education and hopefully become a surgical nurse or an registered nurse.

Q: If you could play any sport other than softball or volleyball, what sport would you be interested in playing?

A: I think it would be soccer. I’ve never tried to play but it seems really fun. All the plays and cool tricks they do seem intriguing.

Q: What song is stuck in your head at the moment?

A: A song that is currently stuck in my head is “Who’s that Girl?” by Eve.

EAGLE SOFTBALL Team ADVANCES to Quarterfinals

Updated June 6, 7:45am

Behind a complete game shutout by pitcher Gabby Ortega, the JGHS Eagles Softball team defeated Magnolia High School 10-0 by 5-inning mercy rule to advance to the quarterfinals in the CIF-SS Division 7 playoffs.

Gabby Ortega is all smiles after the shutout of Magnolia

It was a mismatch from the beginning, as Ortega set the Sentinels down in order in the top of the first, while the Eagle bats came to life with 4 runs in the bottom half. It would be more than enough run support.

The Eagles continued to pile on, however, as a big 3-run home run by Julia Cole to deep left-center field effectively put the game away in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Cole (#23) was the ultimate cleanup hitter, finishing the day 3-3 and just a single short of the cycle.

Magnolia’s defense didn’t help, as the Sentinels made 7 costly errors, including 4 in the first inning when the Eagles sent 10 batters to the plate.

JGHS also won in a 5-inning shutout in round 1 of the playoffs, traveling over 200 miles to beat Shandon High School 14-0 on June 3. So far, then, the Eagles have outscored their opponents 24-0 in these playoffs.

Up next: A home game on Tuesday, June 8 against Alverno Heights Academy who beat Bethel Christian Riverside by a score of 12-5 on Saturday.

Eagles Softball a Sensation

By D.Higgins

The JGHS softball team is off to a sensational start, earning coverage around the city and a reputation as a new force in the 605 League.

Backed by a group of nearly all freshman girls, the Eagles currently sit at 7-1 overall, and 3-1 in the 605 League, in 2nd place behind undefeated Cerritos.

The impressive victories include a 27-1 trouncing of Whitney, and a crazy two-game sweep of Western High, by scores of 11-0 and 19-9.

In their most recent home game against Oxford Academy (gallery below), the Eagles cruised to an easy 10-1 win behind strong pitching from starter Diana Bravo, and junior Gabby Ortega.

Left-fielder/Catcher Sienna Contreras highlighted a 4-run first inning, hitting an RBI double that nearly went over the fence.

The young team is building a strong softball program for years to come, led by head coach Larry Leal.

You can catch the Eagles at home for 3 games this week, facing off against Artesia on Tuesday, 5/11, and then in back-to-back games vs. Whitney this Thursday and Friday.