NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Dark clouds and a pelting rain put a premature stop to the Glendale Community College softball team’s double-header against Southwestern College at the Glendale Sports Complex on Thursday.
The storm was part of a front of bad weather that had already forced the cancellation of a Vaqueros women’s tennis match on Thursday and is likely to rain out more of the college’s scheduled athletic events over the coming days.
Glendale college trailed Southwestern, 7-2, when the opener was called after the conclusion of the third inning, short of being an official game.
The Vaqueros fell into a 4-0 hole early after committing three errors in the opening frame. They also stranded base runners in every inning, including leaving the bases full in the bottom of the third.
“We’re young and then we make too many errors at the start and we’ve gotta climb back,” Glendale college Coach Dave “Hawk” Wilder said.
First baseman Krista Smith homered for the second straight game and was two for two before the game was called.
“That’s a major bright spot,” Wilder said of Smith’s hot bat.
Glendale college will not reschedule its games with the San Diego-based Jaguars and, in all likelihood, will also have to cancel or postpone its 2 p.m. game at East Los Angeles College scheduled for today.
“We probably won’t have a game [today],” Wilder said.
Also in serious doubt for today is the Glendale college baseball team’s 2 p.m. game against Los Angeles Harbor College, which would have kicked off the Western State Conference Tournament at Stengel Field.
A double-header against East L.A. College as part of the tournament is scheduled for Saturday with the first pitch set for 10 a.m.
“Right now, the chances look terrible,” Glendale college Coach Chris Cicuto said of the likelihood of playing every scheduled game. “If we’re not playing Saturday at 10 o’clock, we’re gonna try to move the double-header against East L.A. to Sunday at 1.
“If we don’t play [today], we’ll probably lose the Harbor game because we’ve got a bunch of games next week.”
For the weekend, Vaqueros basketball may be the only show in town. The men’s and women’s teams host Santa Monica College at 5 and 7 p.m., respectively, on Saturday.