Javelina softball has strong showing at weekend tournament

Javelina softball has strong showing at weekend tournament

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The Texas A&M-Kingsville softball team finished off their own tournament with a 4-2 win over Southern Arkansas on a cold wet day at Hubert Field.
The Javelinas took the lead in the game on their first batter when freshman Jaeleen Castro cracked her first career home run. In the second inning, Yvette Berlanga led off with a single and scored when the Muleriders third baseman missed fired on Kaylee Villanueva’s steal attempt.
The Javelinas when then score again in the third inning manufacturing a run without the benefit of a hit. Castro was hit by a pitch and promptly stole second. She moved up to third on a ground out and scored on Amber Cherry’s slow grounder to the first baseman.
The Muleriders took a similar path to score a run in the top of the fourth. The Muleriders walked and stole second to open the inning. The batter moved to third on a ground out and then scored on a two-out single.
The Javelinas extended the lead back to three runs in the fifth inning. Rose Stubbs came through with a two-out double to drive in Kaycee Bryan who had walked earlier in the inning.
In the sixth inning, the Muleriders made final bid to get back into the game. The Muleriders singled and then followed it with another single. Southern Arkansas almost hit a game-tying home run, but it went just foul down the left field line. Muleriders eventually walked to put runners on first and second. The Javelinas got out of the jam when Lindsey Brown struck out the batter and catcher Kodie Garner picked off a potential base stealer at second base to complete the unconventional double play.
Javelinas managed only four hits and committed two errors. Brown improved to 5-0 on the season in the circle allowing four hits, four walks and one earned run while striking out four. “Brown has been a huge key to the success of team so far this season” said Head coach Ricki Rothbauer.
The Javelinas were originally scheduled to play Tarleton State following their game with Southern Arkansas, but the game was ruled a No Contest when the TexAnns left the tournament early. Coach Rothbauer said “Defiantly upset we weren’t able to play because we need as many games as possible to batter our team”
The Lady Javelinas (5-2) have break between games and wont hit the field again until Feb. 21 as they post host to St. Mary’s

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