Rambelles trade blows with conference opponents in opening month of season

The Rambelles fight through a tumultuous February to secure winning record.

By Cooper Barnett
On February 27, 2021

Photo courtesy of Arthur Spragg and ASU Athletic Communications: Senior infielder Jade Strother steps up to bat. Strother has three RBI in the 2020-2021 season so far.

 

The Angelo State Rambelle softball team opened the season Feb. 6 in San Antonio at St. Mary’s University and later took on Texas A&M Kingsville. The Rambelles achieved an eight to six win against the St. Mary's Rattlers in a high-scoring showdown but fell two to four to the Texas A&M Kingsville Javelinas. 

 

Following the postponement of the McGhee-Hawkins Invitational, the Rambelles would not play again until Feb. 21, in the George & Ola McCorkle Challenge, hosted in San Angelo at Mayer Field. With home field advantage the Rambelles traded wins with the A&M International Dust Devils and UT Tyler. They also claimed a shutout win against the UT Permian Basin Falcons, 8-0.

 

Honors for first RBI of the season went to third baseman Ashlynn Box when she crushed a ball down the right side field, sending sophomore Avery Ziegler home for a Rambelles run against St. Mary’s. The lead would swing the other way shortly after, as off the back of a two-run home run the Rattlers took a 3- 2 lead. The Rambelles scored two runs in the top of the third to take the lead 5-3, but the Rattlers answered back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game 5-5. In the bottom of the fifth, pitcher Genesis Armendariz ended the inning with a strikeout, giving the Rambelles a chance to take the lead in the sixth. Maleya Burns and Jade Strother would come around to score in the inning to give the Rambelles a 7-5 lead. The Rattlers scored in the bottom of the sixth and the Rambelles answered back in the top of the seventh, leading 8-6 heading to the bottom of the inning. St. Mary's comeback attempt was stifled, as Armendariz struck the last two batters out to give the Rambelles the win, 8-6. 

 

The Rambelles lineup couldn't stay hot in their second game of the day against the Javelinas, trailing 4-0 in the sixth inning. Armendariz and Makayla Corbin prevented the Javelinas from scoring for the final four innings, but the Rambelles couldn't take advantage. Burns had an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth and Strother drove her in, but that would be it, as the Rambelles went on to lose 4-2. 

 

The Rambelles opened the George & Ola McCorkle challenge with a loss to the Dust Devils on Feb. 21. First baseman Madison Fernandez hit the first home run of her collegiate career and going into the final inning, ASU led 5-4. The Dust Devils stormed back, scoring five runs in the top of the seventh inning which gave them the win, 9-5.According to the Rambelles, Angelo State would use this loss as motivation when they entered their next game against UT Permian Basin. Left fielder Haylie Mitchell scored two runs in this game and the Rambelles would spread the wealth, seeing runs from six other players, and ultimately winning 8-0. Corbin and Torrey Hogan combined to pitch a shutout.

 

On Monday Feb. 22, the Rambelles faced UT Tyler and the Dust Devils once more. Each game would produce a similar score and most importantly two ASU victories. The first matchup would take each team a while to get warmed up, as the scoring didn't really get started until the sixth inning, when UT Tyler took a 2-1 lead. However, the Rambelles would take care of business in the bottom of the 7th, Strother hit a double with the bases loaded and propelled the team to a 3-2 win. The rematch with Texas A&M International would also prove fruitful for ASU and see a lot of early scoring. The Rambelles took a 2-1 lead at the end of the first and then extended the lead to 3-1 going into the 6th. Corbin pitched very well, striking out four batters, keeping the Dust Devils from scoring again, and circumventing the need for the Rambelles to bat again in the seventh, seeing the team win 3-1. The following day, the Rambelles played the UT Tyler Patriots once more to close out the ASU George & Ola McCorkle Challenge. The Rambelles defense struggled and saw the Patriots take a 4-1 lead by the 5th. The game finished that way as ASU could never quite crack UT Tyler’s defense, losing 4-1.

 

Despite patches of offensive fireworks and some stellar defense play, the ASU Rambelles will enter March placed middle of the pack at eight in the Lone Star Conference. Next week, the Rambelles will travel to Arkansas to take on the Henderson State Reddies and No. 1 ranked Southern Arkansas Lady Muleriders before coming back to Mayer Field to host a double-header against Cameron on March 5.

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