Belle Softball dominates tournament

Belles 10-1 on the season after home tournament

By Keith Henson
On February 15, 2018

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
Morgan Hill, senior, winds up for a pitch. In 2017 Hill tied with the school record for 6 saves in a season.

No. 2 Rambelles grabed a 4-0 win over Florida Tech in the opening game of the 2018 George and Ola McCorkle Challenge Feb. 9 at Mayer Stadium.

The Rambelles played behind the arm of junior Morgan Hill who had a dominant game.

Hill held Florida Tech to just two hits through the first four innings.

The Panthers threatened in the third after a leadoff walk, stolen base and a ground out, but Hill got a fly out for the third out to keep the score even at zero.

Hill finished the game off for her third victory of the season.

The junior allowed six hits and struck out five in her first shut out of the year.

Batting for the Rambelles didn’t come easy with only a double being recorded by freshman Karina Rocha in the first 4 innings.

A leadoff walk for Rocha sparked a fifth inning run for the Rambelles. Megan Gordon came in to pinch run for Rocha.

The next batter up was freshman, Mykayla Stroud who put down a bunt and with an infield error helped Gordon score from first.

Taylor Fogle approached the box next for the Rambelles. The junior knocked a single to the outfield bringing in Stroud to make the score 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth.

Morgan Hill didn’t allow any runs on two hits in the top of the sixth inning to keep Florida Tech scoreless.

Taegan Kirk hit a double to the left center gap bringing home Courtney Barnhill and Danae Bina to increase the lead to 4-0 after a leadoff double by Barnhill and a bunt by Bina.

"You would think the weather would have played a bigger factor, but those ladies continued to stay focused and get after it. Congratulations to them," fan Dylan Littles, senior, said.

The Rambelles would later continue their winning streak by beating Texas A&M International two times back to back, Adams state once and Florida Tech once again.

The Rambelles would go on to face the Texas A&M International Dustdevils in the finale of the tournament.

They came out with a tough, hard fought win 6-4 and improved their record on the season to 10-1.

The Rambelles have won 9 straight.

"I am proud of the coaches, players, umpires and fans for being flexible with this weekend’s tournament," Angelo State head softball coach Travis Scott said. "Karina Rocha and Morgan Hill each had big weekends. We have to shift our focus now towards Lone Star Conference play and I feel we are ready for the challenge."

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