Eagle Softball Falls to Weatherford College
Northeast Texas Community College finally took the field at home for the first time this season, but the friendly home field environment was not enough to get the Eagles passed Weatherford College. Weatherford defeated the Eagles 12-3 in Game 1 and 12-0 in Game two.
In Game 1, Weatherford took advantage of errors with timely hitting to power out to an eight-run lead in the first inning. The Weatherford pitcher was solid, keeping the Eagles off the scoreboard the first three innings and limiting the Eagles to just three hits. Kadi Downs, Pearl Perry, and Madi Brown all three had hits in Game one. Perry hit a two-run home run in the fourth to get the Eagles on the board, and Brown followed with a solo shot in the fifth, but that would be all the offense the Eagles would get in Game 1.
Emily Cole started Game 1 for NTCC before giving way to Averie Ayers for the final one and two-thirds innings.
In Game 2, the tough pitching from Weatherford limited NTCC to four hits and no runs. Pearl Perry had two more hits in Game 2 and gunned down a runner to end the second inning. Weatherford singled to center field, and the runner on second attempted to score, but Perry sent a laser to Madi Brown, who tagged the runner out to end the scoring threat in the second inning.
Collyn Schuricht started game two and held Weatherford off for three innings before they began to score runs in the fourth. The potent Weatherford offense put up eleven runs in the fourth inning.
Kadi Downs would come in for the final out of the fourth inning, and Averie Ayers pitched the last stanza of Game 2 as well.
NTCC will be off this week and has picked up a road game at Cisco Junior College on Monday, March 2.
Baseball Falls to Hutchison CC
The weather once again forced Northeast Texas Community College baseball (5-7) to head out on the road to face an opponent at a neutral site. NTCC headed to Fort Worth, Texas, to meet up with Hutchinson Community College from Kansas. The Eagles would fall in game one 6-1, and Hutchison just squeaked out a win in game two, 9-8.
Game 1, both pitchers kept the hitters at bay for the first three innings before Hutchison got on the board with four runs in the fourth inning. NTCC would answer back when Jacob Rosales doubled to begin the fourth inning and later scored on an error off the bat of Isaac Rivera. The Eagles were limited to two hits in game one action.
Hayden Shaddox was on the mound in game one for NTCC and looked sharp for the first three innings before Hutchison got to him in the fourth. Shaddox would give up four runs on five hits and strike out five in three and two-thirds innings work. Harrison Gaienne, Tyler Jeans, and Kaleb Wisnoski would each see time in relief in game one.
Game 2 saw much more offense from both teams from the start. Hutchison got on the board early plating two runs in the first, two runs in the second, and four runs in the third before NTCC could slow them down.
The Eagles did answer back in the first inning, scoring three runs of their own. Cody Cleveland would reach on the double with one out and later scored on a single by Nico Baumbach. Baumbach also plated Jacob Rosales would have a walk. Baumbach would score the third run of the inning when Isaac Rivera singled to left-center field.
NTCC would have a big seventh inning as well, scoring four runs to cut the lead to 9-7. Cody Cleveland was hit by the pitch to lead off the seventh, and used his speed to move around the bases with a stolen base and advancing on a passed ball. Baumbach would pick up two RBI when he singled to center field, scoring Cleveland and Jacob Rosales, who again walked. Khalon Clayton would hit a two-run home run to add to the comeback effort.
Mikel Howell started game two for the Eagles, giving up three runs on three hits and striking out three in one and two-thirds inning of work. Sawyer Smallwood, Chance Bolter, Justin Lambright, and Camden Sargent would all see time on the mound and help the Eagle pitchers record 14 strikeouts in game two. Seven errors in Game 2 plagued the Eagle’s defense.
NTCC looks to get things back on track as they open conference play at home on Thursday, February 27, against Angelina College at 4:00 pm on the NTCC campus.