The Javelina softball team had a rough start in Lone Star Conference play, getting drubbed by the Angelo State Rambelles in both games of a doubleheader.
In game one, the Belles spotted the Hoggies five runs in the first inning and never looked back in a 13-3 victory.
Karri Smith gave up five hits, and walked two during the first inning and would get shellacked the rest of the game. She gave up a run in every inning she pitched and was finally knocked off in the fourth when she surrendered four more runs. She finished with 12 hits and 11 earned runs allowed in 3.1 innings of work.
The only runs the offense managed to conjure came in the first, and only on one hit. It began with the first three batters, Hayley Boyett, Lindsey Angelico, and Victoria Schoonard-Saborio. Boyett scored on a Roxy Chapa RBI single, Angelico on a wild pitch, and finally Schoonard-Saborio on another wild pitch.
The Javelinas, however could only muster up one more hit and two more runs for the rest of the game as Belle pitcher Brandy Marlett settled in.
The Hoggies put up more of a fight in game two, even getting on the board first, but still fell 9-6
Much like the first game, Hayley Boyett lead off with walk in the first inning and then proceeded to round the bases and score through a series smart base-running and wild pitches.
Unfortunately for the Hogs, the Belles would once again respond with a big spot in the second inning in which they would bring home four.
The Javelinas kept pace for most of the game, not allowing the lead to balloon like it did in the previous game.
One loud hit came off the bat of Roxy Chapa in the fifth when she launched a home run to center that brought in Schoonard-Saborio and moved the Javelinas within two.
However, that would be too much for the Hoggies, as San Angelo shut them down the rest of the game.
“We had more heightened focus in the second game”, Coach Betsy Dean said, “I think it was a lot of emotional management that happened from the first game to the second game. We came out with a better mindset in the second game.”
The Javelina’s thin roster faces a challenge going into the back-to-back weekend doubleheaders. Sarah Gilbert pulled double duty as a reliever in both games, pitching a combine 3.1 innings and giving up five hits and three earned runs, while punching out two.
The softball team will play another doubleheader versus Angelo State Saturday, at 2p.m, at Hubert Field in Kingsville, Texas.