Belle Softball ready for redemption

Belles 4-1 on the season after first Invitational

By Rosanna Aguilera
On February 8, 2018

File Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo
Brandy Marlett throws a strike. Marlett was named the LSC Preseason Pitcher of the Year last year. The senior also broke the ASU single game record for strikeouts with 17 and recorded thethird no-hitter of her career last year.

The Rambelle softball team won four out of the five games they played this weekend at the Colorado Mesa University Invitational.

The Rambelles are now 4-1 on the season; on Friday, Feb. 2, the team beat Adams State University 17-2 with a run rule victory.

"It was a great way to start the year and exactly the way you want it to happen," Head Coach Travis Scott said.

Scott said they had a triple and two doubles in the first inning.

"It is what you want to see with the experience we have," Scott said. "It gave us a chance to get playing time for everybody, and it is the way you want things to go to start the season."

Senior pitcher Brandy Marlett threw for three innings, struck out four batters and only allowed two runs on two hits.

Senior Morgan Hill also pitched; Scott said she did really well.

"She gave up some hits, but she worked her way out of jams," Scott said.

Scott said that the team made a miscommunication mistake that hurt them, but they would bounce back for the next game.

The team lost to Colorado Mesa University 1-3 that same day.

On Saturday the Rambelles defeated New Mexico Highlands University 8-0 and Metropolitan State University of Denver 6-2.

Scott said they took advantage of a few mistakes New Mexico Highlands made and put pressure on them.

"The next thing you know, we had eight runs in the first innings," Scott said. "Morgan [Hill] was able to throw the ball over the plate in some tough conditions. We played good defense considering the conditions."

Morgan Hill and her sister, Meagan Hill, pitched throughout the game. Meagan Hill gave up four hits and struck out two, making two scoreless innings.

In the second game against Metro State, the team’s offense started off early, getting two runs in the first inning.

Freshman Mykayla Stroud earned her first career home run bringing another runner in as well, making the lead 4-1.

Scott said Stroud is a good athlete.

"We have a lot of options, and I felt like we needed to give her a shot, and she looked good," Scott said. "It was a 2-1 game at the time, and she hit a rope to dead center."

Scott said it was an impressive shot.

The team finished the weekend with a run rule victory over Adams State 10-2.

Scott said they started off slow offensively but got some big hits in the third inning.

The Rambelles will host the ASU George and Ola McCorkle Challenge starting on Friday, Feb. 9-11 with six of the Belles playing six games.

"We are ready to be at home and play in front of our crowd," Scott said.

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