Grand Terrace softball hits five HR’s in win

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Photo/Richard Dawson Sophomore ​Eliyah Flores went 4-for-4 with a home run and two doubles.
Photo/Richard Dawson Titans sophomore Morgan Parsons (far left) is greeted by teammates after hitting a three-run home run in the third inning.
Photo/Richard Dawson
Titans sophomore Morgan Parsons (far left) is greeted by teammates after hitting a three-run home run in the third inning.

The Grand Terrace power train kept chugging along as the offense totaled five home runs in a 10-1 win over Rolling Hills Prep during non-league action at Grand Terrace High School on Saturday, May 9. Sophomore Eliyah Flores paced the Grand Terrace offense with a 4-for-4 afternoon, including her team-leading 13th homer of the season and two doubles.

The Titans (21-3) were up 4-1 after two innings and broke it open with a five-run third. Flores and senior Destini Peck led-off with back-to-back solo shots to make it 6-1. Juniors Melanie Olmos and Jocelyn Betancourt followed with consecutive singles and sophomore Morgan Parsons put the finishing touches on it with three-run bomb to right field to make it 9-1. The offensive onslaught has become the norm for Grand Terrace as this marked the seventh straight game in which the team scored at least 10 runs.

“It’s good and bad how we have been doing in league,” said Titans Head Coach Bobby Flores. “But we have a good hitting team, we hit live every day, we don’t hit off a machine and I believe that helps us out.”

Photo/Richard Dawson Grand Terrace junior Melanie Olmos pitched a complete game during a 10-1 non-league win over Rolling Hills Prep at Grand Terrace High School on Saturday, May 9.
Photo/Richard Dawson
Grand Terrace junior Melanie Olmos pitched a complete game during a 10-1 non-league win over Rolling Hills Prep at Grand Terrace High School on Saturday, May 9.

Sophomore Alyssa Martinez and freshman Alyssa Graham each added solo shots in the second.

Olmos was her typically dominant self from the circle, striking out 10 while allowing one run on two hits and four walks to earn her 17th victory.

The Titans clinched the Sunkist League title for the second straight year after Kaiser lost to Summit earlier in the week. That gave them a three-game lead with two games remaining.

Grand Terrace, 13-0 in league, has a shot to go undefeated if it beats Kaiser, 10-3, in the final two games of the season.

“Our goal is to finish with the top seed,” said Flores. “It’s not about finishing 15-0, it’s about finishing with two wins and being strong going into the playoffs.”

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