NTCC Softball Splits with Eastern Oklahoma State College
NTCC 9 – EOSC 0 / EOSC 7 – NTCC 6
Northeast Texas Community College Softball headed north to take on Eastern Oklahoma State College on Saturday, earning a split against the Mountaineers. NTCC won game one of the day 9-0 behind stellar pitching from Averie Ayers.
Ayers did not give up any runs and only allowed five hits and two walks as she struck out four on the day. Averie needed just 83 pitches to take care of Eastern Oklahoma State.
Ayers helped her cause by having a nice day at the plate going two for three with a triple and a home run with 4 RBI in Game 1. The Eagle’s Brooklyn Manes, Raylei Merrell, and Haylee Wilson joined Ayers with home runs in Game 1 of the series. Manes would go two for two with two RBI.
Game two of the day saw Eastern Oklahoma get revenge with a 7-6 victory over the Eagles. NTCC would pick up in game two were they left off scoring three runs in the first inning and adding one more in the second to lead 4-0. Eastern Oklahoma would follow that up with three runs in the second and one run in the third to tie the game at 4-4.
After giving up three runs in the fifth, NTCC tried to answer back in the sixth and scored two runs but fell just short in the comeback attempt.
Kadi Downs led the way offensively, going four for four in Game 2. Brooklyn Manes again had two hits along with Haylee Wilson and Lauren Isbell. Wilson hot her second home run of the day in game two, and Pearl Perry and Lauren Isbell would also homer in the loss.
The pitching staff for Game 2 consisted of Kadi Downs, Collyn Shuricht, and Emily Cole. The Eagle pitchers would strike out six batters in the combined effort.
NTCC will be on the road Monday (Mar 2) as they travel to Cisco Junior College and return home to face Eastern Oklahoma State College again next Saturday (Mar 7) at 1:00 pm in a doubleheader contest.
Saturday’s games moved to Angelina
Angelina 6 – NTCC 1 / Angelina 7 – NTCC 6
NTCC Baseball Wins Conference Opener
Northeast Texas Community College Baseball headed to Lufkin, Texas, to face Angelina College in the 2020 Conference opening game on Thursday. After moving the game to Angelina for wet field conditions at NTCC, the Eagles picked up win number one in conference play with an 11-2 win.
Angelina College would get on the board first, scoring one run in the second inning, when the leadoff hitter doubled to center and scored two batters later on a single to center field.
NTCC would answer back in the third inning, scoring three runs and never looking back in the contest. Andy DeLeon would lead off the third and reached base on an error. The Eagles would capitalize on the Angelina miscue, and the next three Eagle hitters would hit doubles to score three runs in the inning.
Mikel Howell was on the mound for NTCC in game one of the three-game series. Howell would pitch four and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on five hits and striking out two. Harrison Gaienne pitched one inning in relief, and Chance Bolter would add another strikeout for the NTCC pitching staff in his two and one-third innings of work.
NTCC would add to the lead in the fifth inning when Cole Modgling reached on a walk, and Cody Cleveland followed that up with a two-run home run to left-center field. The Eagles would plate another run in the seventh to take a 6-2 lead before exploding for five runs in the 8th inning and ending the game early.
The Eagle hitters took advantage of walks and errors with well-timed hits to drive in five runs in the top of the 8th inning. Cleveland would lead the Eagle offense going three for four with a walk, and four RBI’s on the day.
Games two and three will be Saturday with the decision made Friday if the games will be held at NTCC or back in Lufkin due to the wet field conditions here in Mount Pleasant.