Softball splits two day series

Belle defense steps up, offensive struggles against Tarleton

By Sam Fowler
On March 31, 2016

   Rambelle softball split a four-game series with Tarleton State March 25-26 in Stephenville.The Belles swept the first two games with scores of 5-4 and 9-4, but dropped the second two with scores of 5-4 and 4-3.Despite the 5-4 score in the series opener, there was little to no offense throughout most of the game.
    Through the first two innings, the Belles tallied their five runs.After sophomore outfielder Madison Greenwell reached base on an error by the TexAnn second baseman, freshman infielder Bailey Wallace moved Greenwell to second base on a sacrifice bunt.
Junior pitcher Kenedy Urbany recorded the Belles first hit of the game with a single to left field that moved Greenwell to third base.Junior infielder Alexis Evans broke the scoreless deadlock as she reached first base on a fielder’s choice which enabled Greenwell to come across home to put the Belles up 1-0 in the first inning. With Urbany and Evans on base and two outs, freshman first baseman Becky Wilhelm laced a two run double to right-center field to cap the Belles’ scoring in the first frame.
   In the second inning, sophomore pitcher Morgan Hill reached on a single to lead off the inning.A fielder’s choice by senior outfielder Ambra Hill and an error by the Tarleton pitcher allowed Morgan Hill to move safely to second base.A ground out by Greenwell put runners on second and third for the Belles.
Wallace plated another run for the Belles with a sacrifice fly that scored Morgan Hill and advanced Ambra Hill to third base. Urbany duplicated her first plate appearance with a single to left field that scored Ambra Hill to put the Belles up 5-0 in the second inning. The Belle bats went quiet after the second and the defense, despite giving up four runs over the next four innings, stepped up to maintain the lead and win for the Belles.
   In the second win, the Belles went down 2-0 in the second inning before a couple of TexAnn errors made way for some blue and gold offense.
The Belles did not even the score until a bases loaded walk from Evans in the third inning brought Greenwell home to score.In the same inning, the Belles took the lead with a two run single by freshman catcher Taegan Kirk that scored Urbany and Wallace.After the TexAnns scored a run in the fourth inning, Kirk notched another run for the Belles with another RBI single in the fifth.
   In the seventh inning, the Belles unleashed their remaining offense as they scored four runs to seal the 9-4 victory.Belle softball will return home April 1-2 to play a conference game against Midwestern State.


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