Softball steals series

By Sam Fowler
On April 28, 2016

 

Rambelles congratulate Cameron after their final home game on April 23.

   Softball took three games from Cameron University April 22 and 23 in a four game series.
   Game one looked to be the start of a huge weekend for the Belles with regards to regional rankings as they took game one 8-3. After falling behind 1-0 in the third inning to a solo homerun by the Aggies, the Belles responded with authority. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the third inning, sophomore Madison Greenwell delivered a bases clearing triple to put the Belles on top 3-1. Junior Alexis Evans then brought Greenwell home with a sacrifice fly to make the score 4-1.  Freshman Bailey Wallace then ripped a double before advancing to third on a throwing error. Fellow freshman Becky Wilhelm delivered an RBI single to score Wallace and cap the Belle scoring in the inning with the score at 6-1. Back-to-back Lone Star Conference Pitcher of the Year Brandy Marlett worked around a one out double by the Aggies in the top of the fourth inning to avoid any damage to the Belle lead.
   In the bottom of the inning, senior Lanie Robinson led off with a double before sophomore Brooke Mangold advanced her to third on a bunt single. Sophomore Ciara Shepard stepped up with an RBI single to bring the lead to 6-1. After a base hit by Kenedy Urbany put Shepard in scoring position at second, Greenwell delivered her fourth RBI of the game with a single to right field to put the lead at 7-1. Despite a pesky Aggie squad trying to chip away at the lead, scoring two more runs in the game, the pitching of Marlett down the stretch of the game was lights out. In her seven innings pitched, Marlett struck out seven batters while only giving up three runs in the victory.
   In game two, the bats started to go cold for the Belles as four of their 11 runs were of the unearned variety in the victory. The Belles found a fortuitous event in the bottom of the third as the Aggie pitcher threw five illegal pitches to score five runs for the Belles. Lanie Robinson recorded her second career homerun in the game to drive in two runs for the Belles. Greenwell launched her second bases loaded triple of the night to score three runs for the Belles.
Despite an 11-4 lead, Urbany struggled on the rubber for the Belles in the seventh inning giving up four earned runs, a homerun with a hit batsman as the Belles narrowly hung on for the 11-8 victory.
   Game three was a pitcher’s duel with Marlett getting the start again for the Belles in a narrow 2-0 victory. The sophomore from Henderson, Nevada delivered another complete game shutout giving up just two hits in seven innings pitched and eight strikeouts in the victory. After Wallace’s RBI single in the first inning and sophomore Brooke Mangold’s RBI single in the second, the bats went silent for the Belles and it carried into the final game of the series.
Marlett threw her second consecutive game in game four but could only throw five and a third innings before sophomore Morgan Hill took over as relief.
Through six innings, the Belles still had a goose egg in the run column and could not find a rhythm in the batter’s box as they had just one hit through six innings. Robinson proved she was not ready to give up in her last game at Mayer Field as she delivered a two run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to bring the Belles within three runs with the score at 5-2. Junior Kelly Johnson looked to continue the rally with an RBI single to score Robinson and bring the Belles within two runs but the rally was too little too late as the Belles fell 5-3.

Now the Belles travel to Canyon for the Lone Star Conference tournament on April 29 where they will face Texas A&M-Commerce. 

 

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