Belle Softball sweeps up

Belles improve to 17-1 on the season

By Rosanna Aguilera
On March 1, 2018

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
Bailey Wallace, junior, sprints for first base. Wallace is an infielder from Rockwall, TX.

The No. 5 Belles softball team got a four-game series sweep against Western New Mexico University Mustangs this weekend at Mayer Field.

The scores of the games were 8-0, 8-0, 12-0 and 4-3.

The team is 17-1 on the season and 6-0 in the Lone Star Conference. They had a combined 16 runs on 20 hits, while WNMU had three runs on eight hits.

"We had a really good weekend," head coach Travis Scott said. "We played well and hit balls hard all weekend."

The Belles took a 1-0 lead in the beginning of fourth game and didn’t score in the fourth, fifth or sixth inning.

Senior pitcher Morgan Hill only allowed three hits and zero runs through the first five innings.

The Mustangs passed the Belles making the score 3-1 going into the bottom of the seventh.

Senior Brooke Mangold and senior Danae Bina both scored to tie the game.

Brandy Marlett, senior, began pitching at the top of the seventh, striking out three Mustangs.

Sophomore Jade Strother brought in the final run to win the game with a hit from junior Bailey Wallace.

"We had huge performances this weekend," Scott said.

Sophomore Karina Rocha had four home runs on the weekend.

Scott said the team batted well in the first three games.

"We ran into a little issue there in game four, but you have to give Western New Mexico credit; they played well in game four," Scott said.

Scott said that winning the game in extra innings was probably what they needed instead of run-ruling WNMU again.

"I know it sounds arrogant, but to be in a tight situation, that is something we are going to deal with later on in the year," Scott said. "I loved the way our kids responded."

Scott said Wallace in particular had some huge hits, one to tie the game and the last to win it. Scott also thought that Strother had a big weekend and Marlett was sharp with pitching.

"She was a smidge off here early in the season and wasn’t feeling 100 percent, and now she’s back to being the pitcher that everybody is used to," Scott said.

Scott said Hill also continues to throw extremely well.

"She may not have had her best stuff today, but she was still good enough to win the game," Scott said. "I’m pleased with both of them."

Scott said he had hoped to get freshman Makayla Corbin and Meagan Hilll some pitching time, but it didn’t work out.

"In a no-hitter situation you have to leave them in there instead of pulling her with a big lead," Scott said. "They’ll be ready if we need them in the future."

Scott said they have the off weekend next weekend after St. Edward’s University on Thursday; fireworks will follow after the game.

"Hopefully we have a big crowd to come out watch us put some fireworks out here during the game and a true fireworks show afterwards," Scott said.

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