June 23, 2014
El Camino College announced the hiring of its newest head softball coach, Jessica Rapoza. Rapoza joins the Warriors after spending the last five seasons as the co-head coach at Santa Ana College.
Rapoza brings an impressive resume to El Camino. She helped lead the Dons to several record-breaking performances including the program's best season in nearly two decades in 2014. This past season the Dons broke 18 SAC records with a 36-10 overall record and advanced to the Super Regionals.
During Rapoza's tenure, the Dons post a 135-78-1 record while leaving the Dons record books with 40 new marks.
Prior to her time at Santa Ana, Rapoza was a part of the coaching staff at Santiago Canyon College for three seasons, helping the Hawks establish their program.
Before beginning her collegiate coaching career, Rapoza worked at the MVP Academy in Redding where she served as a hitting instructor as well as a defensive specialist. She also held her own clinics in the city of Redding where she focused on infielders, outfielders and catchers.
Rapoza has also worked at the professional level where she served as a softball instructor in a women's professional softball league in association with the Colorado Rockies and the Minnesota Twins. Along with her work in these leagues, Rapoza spent time as a player/coach with the Arizona Heat of the National Pro Fastpitch League.
Rapoza began her coaching career at her alma mater, Point Loma Nazarene University, as an assistant coach and strength and conditioning coach.
During her playing career at Point Loma, Rapoza was a two-time NAIA All-American selection and a NAIA All-American Honorable Mention. She was named All-Conference and All-Region three times while winning two gold gloves and being named Offensive Most Valuable Player. Rapoza was recently inducted into Point Loma's Hall of Fame.
Rapoza graduated from Point Loma with a bachelor's degree in physical education before earning her master's degree in exercise science from the California University of Pennsylvania. She is currently working towards her doctorate in sports management.
April 28, 2014
Freshman shortstop Victoria Garcia (San Pedro HS) was one of just two shortstops named to the All-Southern California team representing El Camino College.
Last week, Garcia was named to the First-Team All-South Coast Conference leading the SCC in batting average (.574), triple (five) and RBI (11). She led the Warriors on the year in runs (34), hits (57), doubles (nine), triples (six), batting average (.514), on base percentage (.561) and slugging percentage. She had a team-low three strikeouts on the season.
In the state rankings she was ninth in both triples and batting average and 10th in on base percentage.
Garcia helped led the Warriors to their best record since at least 2006 (since stats were available) with a 19-18 overall record just missing out on a playoff berth. The Warriors finished fourth in the SCC with a 11-10 record.
April 25, 2014
Freshman shortstop Victoria Garcia (San Pedro HS) was named to the First-Team All-South Coast Conference by the conference coaches. Teammates Danielle Bonsky (Lawndale HS) and Reina Trejo (Torrance HS) were named to the second-team and Marissa Padilla (Santa Monica HS) earned honorable mention.
Garcia was the SCC batting champion hitting .574 in conference games. She also led the SCC with five triples and 11 RBI. In all games, Garcia led the Warriors in runs (34) hits (57), doubles (nine), triples (six), batting average (.514), on base percentage (.561) and slugging percentage (784). She also had a team-low three strikeouts.
Bonsky pitched and played first and third base for the Warriors. In conference play she was 3-3 in the circle with a 1.84 ERA in 49.1 innings pitched. For the season she led the Warriors in at bats (112) hitting .304 with 17 RBI, five doubles and 34 hits. In the pitching stats she ranked second with a 6-6 overall record in 84.1 innings and pitched a team-high five complete games and a 2.32 ERA.
Trejo pitched and played third this season. She hit .350 in conference play, had two home runs, 19 RBI and was 5-6 in the circle in 64.1 innings. Trejo led the Warriors with an 8-9 record in the circle with one save in 98.1 innings and 48 strikeouts. At the plate she led the team in home runs (four), doubles (nine) and RBI (28) and was second in triples (five) and batting average (.367).
Padilla was the left fielder for the Warriors. She hit .339 with a .416 on base percentage a .468 slugging percentage, 29 runs, 37 hits, six doubles, two home runs, 25 RBI and walked 15 times.
April 22, 2014
The El Camino softball team ended the 2014 season with a 5-1 South Coast Conference win over Long Beach City College in Torrance, Calif., on Tuesday.
The Warriors ended the season in fourth place in the SCC with a 19-18 overall record and an 11-10 conference mark. The 19 wins were the most by a Warrior team since at least 2006.
It was sophomore day vs. LBCC as the Warriors honored the lone sophomore on the team, Nikki Fifer.
The Vikings got their lone run in the first on an RBI single by Amanda Sandoval.
A five-run third inning gave the Warriors the win. The inning started with an RBI single by Kathy Orozco. A Danielle Bonsky double drove in two and a Miranda Aguilar triple also drove in two.
Bonsky earned the complete game victory in the circle. She allowed just the one earned run on three hits and finished the season at 6-6.
April 18, 2014
The El Camino softball (18-18, 10-10) team was one out away from a huge upset over South Coast Conference leading Cerritos (29-11, 17-3) on Thursday in Torrance, Calif., but two Warrior errors in the inning and some timely hitting from the Falcons gave Cerritos the 7-4 win.
Down 2-1 after four innings, Marissa Padilla hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth to put ECC up 4-2.
Cerritos got five runs in the seventh for the win. The Warriors made four errors in the game and only two of the seven Falcon runs were earned.
Danielle Bonsky got the start allowing one earned run in 5.0 innings. Reina Trejo took the loss in relief (8-9). She allowed just one earned run, five total, on six hits in 1.2 innings.
Kat Flores got the win in relief for Cerritos allowing just two hits in 2.1 innings.
April 15, 2014
The South Coast Conference leading East LA Huskies defeated El Camino 5-0 on Tuesday in Monterey Park, Calif.
East LA is tied atop the standings with Cerritos at 16-3 and they are 27-8 overall. The Warriors are tied for fourth with Long Beach City at 10-9 and are 18-17 overall.
The Huskies scored all five runs in the first two innings off of Warrior pitcher Reina Trejo (8-8). Trejo allowed four hits in 5.0 innings.
ECC got four hits in the game and was led by Kathy Orozco who had two.
April 14, 2014
El Camino softball freshman Victoria Garcia was named the California College Fastpitch Coaches Association Week #9 Southern California Player of the Week.
Garcia, the leadoff hitter for the Warriors and starting shortstop from San Pedro High School, played in six games for the Warriors during the week and went 14 for 21 (.667) at the plate.
She hit a pair of doubles, two triples and a pair of home runs that included a grand slam. She drove in seven runs and scored nine times during the week. Against Long Beach, Garcia was three-for-three with two triples, two runs and a walk.
Garcia leads the team batting .500 on the year. She has 54 hits, nine doubles, six triples, three home runs, 33 runs, a .550 on base percentage and a .778 slugging percentage.
April 10, 2014
The El Camino softball team moved into sole possession of fourth place in the South Coast Conference with a 7-6 win over Compton Center on Thursday.
The Warriors (18-16, 10-6) had a 7-3 lead after four innings and held off the Tartars (17-16, 5-13) who scored one run in each of the last three innings.
Reina Trejo got the save in the circle, her first of the year. After starting the game, she returned to record the final out of the game in the seventh. Dani Bonsky (5-6) got the win allowing just one earned run in 4.1 innings.
Tori Garcia led the Warriors with two hits and two RBI. Kathy Orozco, Marissa Padilla, Trejo and Jessica Gonzalez also had two hits each.
Garcia scored the first run in the first inning on a wild pitch. A Trejo sac fly drove in Padilla.
In the second ECC added four more on a single by Garcia and a Tartar error.
The final Warrior run came from an Orozco single in the fourth.
April 8, 2014
The El Camino softball team (17-16, 9-8) won a wild 7-6 South Coast Conference game over Pasadena City College (12-22, 4-13) on Tuesday in Torrance, Calif.
The Warriors took a 4-2 lead in the seventh where the Lancers scored four runs in the top half of the inning to take a two-run lead. ECC scored three in the bottom of the seventh to secure the win.
Kathy Orozco tied the game with a two-RBI double in the seventh as Tori Garcia and Samantha Lauro scored. A Reina Trejo single drove in Orozco for the winning run.
The Lancers had an RBI-triple from Maddy Gianoli in the seventh to start the rally. A Justine Zavala single, sac fly by Jennifer Pegg and single by Sara Quintero put the Lancers ahead.
El Camino had 13 hits in the game led by Garcia, Orozco, Marissa Padilla, Trejo and Kristen Romero with two each.
Trejo got the win in the circle (8-7). She started the game and allowed two runs, both unearned, on five hits. She re-entered the game in the top of the seventh to get the final out during the Lancer rally.
Pasadena got two runs in the top of the first on a passed ball and a ground out.
An Orozco single drove in the first Warrior run in the first and Padilla scored on a wild pitch.
In the fourth, Trejo scored on an error and Tracy Huerta scored on an error in the fifth.
April 3, 2014
Freshman Reina Trejo had two hits, two RBI and allowed just three earned runs in the circle but took the loss (7-7) as the Warriors (16-16, 8-8) fell to the second-place Mt. SAC Mounties (26-6, 13-3) on Thursday, 5-2.
The Warriors made three defensive errors and left six runners on base in the game. They tallied nine total hits as Danielle Bonsky and Tori Garcia also had a two each. Garcia extended her hitting streak to 24 games.
A Trejo double in the first drove in Marissa Padilla for the game's first run. The Mounties got one back on one of three home runs in the game for Mt. SAC, a solo shot by Charlotte Foster. Foster also hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. Niaraye Ceasar hit a solo home run in the second.
Kathy Orozco scored the second Warrior run in the fifth on a Trejo single.
April 1, 2014
Freshman Samantha Lauro (San Pedro HS) threw her first career no-hitter and the first by a Warrior (16-15, 8-7) on the season in a 4-1 victory over LA Harbor (2-26, 0-15) on Tuesday in Torrance, Calif.
Lauro (5-3) allowed one unearned run and had six strikeouts in the complete game. The Warrior defense committed six errors.
Miranda Aguilar had a team-high two hits in the game.
In the third, Tori Garcia doubled to drive in Aguilar for the game's first run. Tori Ramirez scored on a sac fly by Kathy Orozco.
Marissa Padilla scored in the fifth on a wild pitch. Reina Trejo scored the fourth run on a home run to center field.
Mariela Sorto scored the lone run for LA Harbor in the seventh on a sac fly by Maryanna Partida.
March 30, 2014
The El Camino softball team competed at the annual Bash At The Beach Tournament hosted by Santa Barbara City College over the weekend. The Warriors (15-15) went 1-3 in four non-conference games.
On Saturday the Warriors fell to Santa Barbara 12-7 and defeated Chaffey College 7-4. On Sunday, they fell to Fullerton College and Saddleback College.
El Camino and Santa Barbara were tied at 7-7 heading into the sixth when SBCC scored five runs. There were 25 hits combined in the game and five errors.
Marissa Padilla had three RBI and Miranda Aguilar had two. Tori Garcia, Padilla, Kristen Romero and Samantha Lauro each had two hits.
Reina Trejo took the loss in relief (7-5). She allowed five runs on eight hits in 4.0 innings. Danielle Bonsky started the game and allowed seven runs, all unearned, in 2.0 innings.
Against Chaffey the Warriors never trailed with two in the first, three in the third and two in the fourth. Garcia had a team-high three hits, including a home run, and two RBI>
Romero added three RBI on two hits.
Lauro (4-3) pitched the complete game and allowed four runs on seven hits.
March 27, 2014
The El Camino softball team earned a huge South Coast Conference win, 8-6, over Long Beach City College on Thursday in Torrance, Calif. The win pulled the Warriors into a tie for fourth with the Vikings in the conference standings at 7-7.
Both teams had huge innings in the game. LBCC took a 1-0 lead in the top half of the first but the Warriors got three back in the bottom of the inning for the early lead.
Tori Garcia hit her first of two triples in the game to lead off the inning. She scored on a Marissa Padilla single. Kathy Orozco scored on a Trejo fielder's choice and Padilla scored on an error.
The Vikings put up five runs in the third on an RBI single by Mary Gonzales, a two-RBI double by Cassie Demers, a ground out and a single by Jenny Santiago.
El Camino got one in each of the third and fourth innings. A Kristen Romero double drove in Padilla in the third and Jessica Gonzalez scored on a Garcia single in the fourth.
Three runs in the fifth put the Warriors on top for good. Romero scored on an Orozco single and Padilla hit a two-RBI single with Garcia and Danielle Bonsky scoring.
Bonsky (4-5) got the win in relief allowing just one hit in 3.0 innings.
Trejo got the start. She allowed six runs on 10 hits in 4.0 innings.
March 25, 2014
The South Coast Conference leading Cerritos Falcons (19-7, 12-1) shutout the El Camino Warriors (13-12, 6-7) in Torrance, Calif., on Tuesday afternoon 5-0.
Four of the five Falcon runs were unearned as the Warrior defense committed three errors in the game. Danielle Bonsky (3-5) pitched the complete game for El Camino. She allowed 13 hits and just the one earned run.
Cerritos scored on RBI singles in the second and third innings. In the fourth, Monique Ramirez doubled to right field driving in Ariana Mejia. The Falcons added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh on an error and a single.
Victoria Garcia had two of the five Warrior hits.
March 20, 2014
In a big South Coast Conference game in Torrance, Calif., on Thursday, the El Camino softball team (13-11, 6-6) fell to East Los Angeles (17-5, 9-3) 9-0 in five innings.
The Huskies got all of their runs in the third and the fourth. In the third, Heather Saucedo hit an RBI double followed by a three-run home run by Valerie Aguilar. The fifth run scored on a bases loaded hit by pitch.
The first two runs in the fourth for the Huskies scored on an error. Breanne Takanaka and Larae Gonzalez hit RBI singles for the final runs.
Reina Trejo (7-4) got the start in the circle for the Warriors and allowed two runs on three hits in 2.1 innings. Danielle Bonsky pitched 2.2 innings in relief and allowed seven runs, two earned, on 10 hits.
The Warriors had three errors in the game and just two hits.
March 18, 2014
Down two heading into the bottom of the seventh, the El Camino softball team (13-10, 6-5) rallied for two runs to earn a hard-fought 4-3 South Coast Conference win over El Camino-Compton Center (14-7, 4-6) Tuesday in Torrance, Calif.
Monique Kleinhans started the inning with a single. Pinch runner Tracy Huerta scored the tying run on an error by the first baseman on Victoria Garcia's at bat. Garcia reached third base on the play to become the winning run. She scored on a single to left by Marissa Padilla to win the game for the Warriors.
The Warriors got off to a hot start in the bottom of the first with an inside-the-park home run down the left field line by Garcia. Padilla followed with a triple and scored on a single by Miranda Aguilar.
The Tartars got within one in the third on a double, sac bunt and a single. They took the lead in the fifth with two runs on a home run by Viviana Rivera off of Warrior pitcher Reina Trejo.
Trejo got the start and allowed three runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings. Danielle Bonsky pitched 1.1 innings of relief but the win went to Samantha Lauro (3-3) who pitched a perfect seventh inning.
March 17, 2014
In the first of three games scheduled on the week for the El Camino softball team, the Warriors fell to Grossmont, 7-2, in a non-conference game on Monday. El Camino is now 12-10 overall while Grossmont improves to 11-14.
El Camino had six errors in the game which made only one of the Griffins runs earned. The Warriors also left 13 runners on base.
Danielle Bonsky (3-4) took the loss. She allowed one earned run, five total, on four hits in 4.1 innings. Reina Trejo allowed two unearned runs on three hits in 2.2 innings.
Kristen Romero and Sam Lauro each had two hits including a double for Lauro.
Grossmont scored twice in the third, three more in the fifth and one each in the sixth and seventh. The Warriors got a run in the third and the fourth.
March 13, 2014
Reina Trejo had two hits, four RBI and got the win in the circle for the Warriors (12-9, 5-5) in a 6-2 South Coast Conference game at Pasadena City College (10-15, 2-8) on Thursday.
Trejo allowed just two hits in 6.0 innings of relief to get the win. She took over for Danielle Bonsky who allowed two runs on two hits in the first inning.
The Warriors took a 1-0 lead after their half of the first as Victoria Garcia scored on a single by Trejo. The Lancers put up two runs in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI single by Audrey Serna and a sacrifice fly by Sara Quinter.
In the second, Kathy Orozco scored on a passed ball to tie the game and the winning run was scored by Jessica Gonzalez on a single by Garcia.
El Camino added runs in the fourth and the six on a sacrifice fly and a two-run home run by Trejo.
March 11, 2014
The El Camino softball team (11-9, 4-5) dropped a South Coast Conference game to Mt. SAC (16-3, 7-2) on Tuesday, 6-1, in Torrance, Calif.
The Warriors kept it close through the first four innings trailing just 2-0 but Mt. SAC scored two in the fifth and two in the sixth to seal the victory. The lone Warrior run was scored in the sixth.
Danielle Bonsky got the loss in the circle allowing two earned runs on four hits in 5.0 innings. Sabrina Garcia got the win for the Mounties and Natalie Sanchez earned the save.
Victoria Garcia and Marissa Padilla each hit a double and a single. Padilla scored on a passed ball. El Camino rallied in the sixth inning but left eight runners on base in the game.
March 7, 2014
In a non-conference game at LA Mission, the Warrior softball team defeated the Eagles 10-2 in five innings to improve to 11-8 on the year.
El Camino went up 2-0 after the first and added one more in the fourth. The Warriors added seven runs in the fifth for a 10-run lead and although the Eagles got two runs back in the bottom half of the inning it wasn't enough to overcome the eight-run mercy rule.
Danielle Bonsky got the win in the circle allowing just two runs on four hits in 4.2 innings.
Reina Trejo, Samantha Lauro and Monique Kleinhans all had two RBI. Miranda Aguilar had a team-high two hits out of the nine team hits on the day.
March 6, 2014
The El Camino softball team got back into the win column with an impressive offensive outing at LA Harbor in a 12-3 win in five innings in Wilmington, Calif., on Thursday.
The Warriors (10-8, 4-4) had 17 hits, 12 in the first three innings against the Seahawks (0-14, 0-7) in the South Coast Conference game.
Reina Trejo went 4-for-4 with four RBI. Kristen Romero and Marissa Padilla each had two RBI and Padilla and Victoria Garcia had three hits each. Padilla had two doubles.
ECC scored two in each of the first two innings, three in the third and four in the fourth. LA Harbor got on the board with two in the fourth and one in the fifth.
Samantha Lauro (2-3) got the win in the circle allowing two runs on three hits in 4.0 innings. Trejo pitched 1.0 inning in relief and allowed one unearned run.
March 4, 2014
The Warrior softball team dropped two South Coast Conference games on the road March 3 at Cerritos (11-1) and March 4 at Long Beach City (1-0). The Warriors are 9-8 overall and 3-4 in league play heading into the second half of conference play.
Cerritos is undefeated and in first place in the SCC. The Falcons took control of the game from the beginning with three runs in the first, four in the second and four in the third. The lone run for the Warriors came in the fourth inning.
Reina Trejo got the start in the circle. She allowed five runs on five hits in an inning. Samantha Lauro allowed six runs in 1.1 innings of work. Danielle Bonsky was solid in relief, pitching a perfect 1.2 innings.
Trejo scored in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Taylor Karp.
The game at Long Beach City was a pitcher’s duel. Bonsky allowed just one hit in the 1-0 loss in the first inning. The Vikings got a lead-off single and the run scored after a passed ball and two fielder’s choices. The Warriors had two hits in the game off of LBCC pitcher Natalie Ayala.
Feb. 18, 2014
Trejo allowed just two hits while the Warriors had eight led by Danielle Bonsky and Taylor Karp with two hits and two RBI each.
The Lancers took a 3-0 lead in their half of the first off of El Camino starting pitcher Samantha Lauro. A great diving catch in center field by Marissa Padilla saved more potential runs.
Padilla and Trejo hit back-to-back singles in the first and a Bonsky single up the middle drove in the first run for El Camino.
Tori Garcia led off the third with a triple all the way to the right field wall. Bonsky drove in Garcia with a single to center for the second run. A Karp single drove in Padilla and Tracy Huerta to take a 4-3 lead.
The Warriors play at El Camino-Compton Center on Feb. 20 at 3 p.m.