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Grant Victory

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Kevin Santiago (He/Him)
Ashley Anguiano-Trujillo / Photo by Kevin Santiago

North Hollywood’s Husky Softball stands with a win-loss rate of 8-2 against Ulysses S. Grant High School since March 2017. After a tough loss against Arleta (10-0) on April 4, Huskies made the comeback of dominating their home field conference against Grant this season on April 10, 2024.  

With no surprise, Huskies won Grant’s Lancers 27-3. 

Despite the extreme heat, Huskies remained on their toes in both the batter’s box and on their defense. 

Samantha Zabalaza & Coach Hinnen (Kevin Santiago (He/Him))

Admiration goes towards #12, Ruby McCrackin who pulled through the game in heavy catcher’s gear despite the heat. Though, she didn’t let it stop her from showing her Husky strength as she got 11 outs behind the plate. 

Huskies ended the game strong mid fifth inning, after scoring 11 runs during the third inning and 10 during the fourth. 

Number 34, Ellison Hinnen had a phenomenal appearance on the mound with 14 strikeouts over five innings. Hinnen had only given up two earned runs with one unearned, and 0 walks. Hinnen didn’t only make her presence known on the mound, but in the batters box as well. She fired off two home runs, five RBI (runs batted in) while going 3-for-4. 

Hinnen praises not only her success, but the team behind her on my mound as well. She says, “In our Grant game, as a team, we went in confident and it shows. As a team we worked well together and had good energy throughout the game. We all support each other’s successes. I know when I am on the mound, I feel the support from my teammates.”   

Ellison Hinnen (Kevin Santiago (He/Him))

Hinnen wasn’t the only all-star Husky this conference, #2 Mia Jurado as well fired off two home runs, five stolen bases, and five runs while getting on base all five times of her plate appearances. 

Jurado explains, “Yesterday when I hit two homeruns, it was pretty cool because i’ve been in a hitting slump (few or no hits over a period of time) for a couple of weeks now, and I think I needed this game to get my confidence back.”  

Keeping the excitement and adrenaline alive during the game, #25 Allison Avalos, and #10 Ayla Soto each scored a homerun. 

Avalos expresses, “Getting my first home run was a really amazing experience because I’ve daydreamed about it. And even when I go up into the batting box, I think to myself to swing and bring players on the bases home for the team.” 

Avalos easily turned the game into her biggest one yet, getting on base at each four plate appearances, with a home run, three runs scored, and three RBIs. 

#18, Kelsey Brinkle had also been incredible on both her hitting and baserunning, bringing in four runs, and stealing five bases, all while going 3-for-3. 

Katherine Jurado (Kevin Santiago (He/Him))

North Hollywood’s victory brought up their win-loss rate to 3-10, not including the several other victories yet to come. 

McCrackin acknowledges the improvement the team has made by saying, “I love the softball girls and we’ve definitely made lots of social and athletic improvement on the team together this year alone, and since we all started playing together! Our batting has had some significant improvement all over which is awesome and I’m excited to keep going!” 

Huskies are prepared to make their comeback on the diamond, dedicated to ending their season strong. Huskies next conference is away against Verdugo Hills on April 17, 2024 at 3 p.m. 

Support Husky softball by attending any of their next games, providing positive encouragement as they provide the thrilling beauty of the game.

 

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