The Lancers, who went from #15, then #17 in the state poll before dropping out of the State Top 20 this week, used a grand slam and a 6-RBI afternoon by slugging third baseman Jaimie Harris to beat host East Los Angeles, 8-3, on Wednesday.
Harris, who singled in a run to help Pasadena take a 2-0 first-inning lead, launched her SCC-leading (fifth in state) ninth home run, a soaring shot over the left field fence. It was her second grand slam of the season and the sophomore is now just one roundtripper away from tying the school record for homers in a season. PCC led 7-0 in the second inning and rode the 4-hit, complete game pitching of Elena Bahnimtewa (4-1) to record the victory.
Harris was 2-for-3 and added a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning to give her second 6-RBI game of the season (knocked in six at Moorpark on Feb. 7). Her 33 RBI tops SCC batters and places her tied for fifth in the state in that category.
Leftfielder Olivia Nanez went 2-for-4 with two RBI, second baseman Gigi Leyva was 2-for-3, and first baseman Marcella Ordonez hit 1-for-3 with a triple and a stolen base. The left-handed hitting Ordonez leads the Lancers in batting with a .365 average.