First year Head Coach Betsy Dean is off to a quick start, showing off a team that had strong pitching performance and powerful run support.
In games one and two of the competition on Oct. 4, the Javelinas took on the Division 1 Southland Conference member, Texas A&M – Corpus Christi.
The first game remained tied until the 7th inning, where a walk off RBI single turned the game around, causing the Javelinas to lose 4-3. Game 2 played similarly until the 5th inning, when the Islanders were able to turn the game around with 2 runs, beating the Javelinas 7-5.
The Lady Javelinas came back the following day, putting up four runs in the first inning of the first game. They lit up the scoreboard 10 more times, striking out only once, shutting the Islanders out 14-0.
Karri Smith, junior San Jacinto College transfer, led the pitching squad and threw five innings.
The Javelinas were also able to record another win with a final score of 6-1.
Dean had several thoughts to share.
“So far the team is like a sponge, soaking up everything. Adjustments were made almost instantaneously overnight,” she said.
Dean said the team had the right mentality and are always willing to work hard to succeed.
“They are highly goal-oriented … I can see how high energy and self-motivated the girls are when they are on the field, and they all played with big smiles on their face all weekend,” Dean said. “It was contagious.”
Two players stood out this weekend as they saw their first playing time as college athletes.
Freshman Isabella Rosas, 18, exercise science major from San Antonio, was on the mound for the Javelinas on Sunday and is determined to improve, she said.
“I want to work on my pitch control and speed, as well as become a consistent hitter to provide run support. Coach Dean emphasizes command and control, and she teaches us new pitches and works on technique with us very well,” she said.
The other standout was freshman Isabel Flores, 18, pre-physical therapy major from Buckeye, Arizona.
“I want to become recognized as one of Kingsville’s all-around athletes. I want to start off my college softball career with a bang. Coming into the most competitive conference allows me to increase my gameplay as well as my softball IQ,” Flores said.
The Javelinas continue competition this weekend on October 11 as they take on University of Houston-Victoria on the road at 2 p.m. The Lady Javelinas also host an alumni game as part of homecoming week on October 18 at 10 a.m. at Hubert Field.