On an extremely gusty day at Schwab Field that sent dirt flying, #2 ranked Tyler Junior College softball team (34-1, 8-0) added two more wins against Region XIV rival and nationally-ranked #10 Angelina College (25-12, 6-4) with scores of 3-2 and 3-0. TJC travels to Corsicana on Wednesday to face off against Navarro College in another conference matchup.
Competition between these two squads was fierce to lead off game one with the first 15 batters of the game being set down in a row. TJC got things started in the third with Brittani Whitten singling to left before a sac bunt moved her up a base. With two outs, Haley Mills then doubled to score her putting the Apaches up 1-0.
However, Angelina looked to tie the game and eventually pulled ahead in the fifth putting two runs on the board. But TJC chipped away at the lead gaining momentum towards the end of the game. In the sixth, Amber Landry led off with a double deep to center. Karli Herron then hopped aboard with a bunt single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Jo Rivera then hit a ball to first and was tagged out. However, on the same play, the Angelina first baseman threw the ball away towards third allowing Landry to score to tie the game.
Angelina threatened in the seventh. With two outs, Kayla Lahrman drew a walk. Tiffany Hinkleman then put a ball in play towards second baseman Mills. It looked at though everyone was safe but Lahrman overran second base with the ball in the pitcher’s mound and was called out to end the Road Runners’ threat. Heading to the home half, Jazylyn Crowder hit an infield single and moved to second on a sac bunt. Then Tanna Huie hit a towering double to left, scoring Crowder who was called safe on a controversial play at the plate. However, she was safe sealing a 3-2 game one win for TJC.
In game two, it was all TJC who took advantage of Angelina errors. In the third, Huie was hit by the pitch and Marina Duran stepped into the box and hit the ball towards short but a throwing error allowed her to go all the way to second. With runners at second and third, Landry brought in both with a single up the middle. In the sixth, Herron hit a solo homer over the left field wall to make it 3-0 TJC and that is where the score stayed as solid Apaches’ defense brought him the win and doubleheader sweep.