Coach Betsy Dean and the Javelina softball team hoped to ride the high of winning their first two conference games Saturday into Sunday. However they couldn’t quite match up, losing both games, 9-0 and 6-4, splitting a four-game series against the Cameron Aggies.
Game one started as a tense pitching duel between Emily Wasinger of the Aggies and Carlie Clark of the Javelinas.
Clark did a solid job pitching through the first three with no runs given up on one walk, two strikeouts, and five hits. However the Aggie bats broke through in the fourth, knocking in four runs off Clark on three walks and a hit.
Sarah Gilbert came in relief and gave up five more runs, two of them earned, in a 9-0 rout.
The Javelinas fought back in game two and kept things interesting
Cameron struck first with two back-to-back two-run innings to begin the game.
But with a bit a small ball the Javelinas were able to rally back in the bottom half of the second. The Hoggies loaded the bases before Lindsey Angelico sent a loud, bases-clearing triple over the center fielder’s head. Angelico capped off the inning with a run scored off an error.
Game two was a bit of a reversal of game one as most of the runs came in the early innings while the second half was largely a pitcher’s duel.
Karri Smith came in relief for Michaela Huebotter in the second, giving up two unearned runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout.
Cameron battled back in the top of the seventh, scoring two go-ahead runs to give them the 6-4 victory over A&M-Kingsville.
Despite the two losses, Coach Betsy Dean feels proud of her team for splitting a series against a Cameron opponent that is ranked number four in the region, “My team of youngsters finally showed up to the field. Pitching came together, hitting came together, fielding, catching, it all came together last night.”
The Hoggies continue their busy 12-game Spring Break schedule with eight games over a seven day period. “I think their conditioning is fine”, Coach Dean said, “It’s a mental thing, they got to really buckle down mentally.”
The Javelinas play a doubleheader against a Heartland Conference opponent in the Oklahoma Christian Eagles on Tuesday. Game one begins at 3 p.m. at Vernie and Blanch Hubert Field in Kingsville, Texas.