By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
GLENDORA — Sometimes, it’s not how you finish, but how you start that matters most.
It certainly was the case for the Etiwanda High School softball team Monday.
Sydnie Trostle and Vanessa Taukeiaho each hit first-inning home runs as the Eagles scored six runs in their opening at-bat en route to an 8-4 victory over host Glendora in a Baseline League game.
Etiwanda, also getting six shut innings from relief pitcher Alyssa Chavez, improved to 11-3-1 overall and 5-0 in league play. Glendora, getting two RBIs from Emilee Cain, slipped to 9-6 and 2-2.
Trostle, after the first three Eagle batters reached safely, got Etiwanda off to a quick start with a grand slam for a 4-0 lead in the first. Taukeiaho followed with a home run before Kiahna Silva singled home Christina Valdez for a 6-0 lead.
The Tartans didn’t go away quietly. They got back into it, making it 6-4 in their half of the first following an RBI single by Morgan Cutler, an RBI double by Kayla Sok and a two-run single by Cain.
Chavez limited Glendora to four hits over the final six innings to give Etiwanda the victory. She also struck out four and ended scoring chances in the second with a strike out and in the fifth by inducing a ground ball.
Etiwanda’s Sydnie Trostle: “She (Glendora starter Morgan Cutler) put it right there for me, where I like it inside. I just went for it, and I got it. It’s great to come out early and get the lead. It helps us in the end, and we got the win.”
Glendora’s Emilee Cain: “We just had to battle back. It’s hard, but we all pushed through. It was good that we didn’t hang our heads and kept pushing to get (the) runs back.”