Eagle Softball Returns to Action
The Northeast Texas Community College Eagles Softball team started the Spring Season off by traveling to Marshall to scrimmage East Texas Baptist University on Friday. The scrimmage was moved from Saturday to Friday to beat the weather.
ETBU defeated the Eagles 6-0 in Game 1 and 5-1 in Game 2 of the day. Freshmen pitcher Braylynn Henderson (West Columbia, Texas) kept the Tigers off the scoreboard for the contest’s first four innings, limiting ETBU to four hits while striking out five.
The Tigers got things going in the fifth, and Henderson gave way to fellow freshmen Anna Green (Ore City, Texas). The Eagles were kept off the board but scattered four hits and picked up two base runners via walks in the contest.
Defensively for NTCC, they had outstanding defensive plays from the infield in game one. Freshmen infielder Giselle Fuentes (Lacissine, LA), sophomore Carson Zachry (Mount Pleasant, Texas), freshmen Autumn Bias (Cleburne, Texas), and sophomore Kailey Hancock (Pollock, Texas) all made plays for the Eagles in game one.
In Game 2 action, the Eagles again limited ETBU to five hits and five runs but unfortunately couldn’t get the bats going in Game 2. Freshmen pitcher Ashlyn Castro (Wimberly, Texas) would come in relief and pitch five and one-third innings for the Eagles, giving up just one hit in that time.
Offensively, Jalissa Alvarez (Mount Pleasant, Texas) got her first homerun in the Spring Season with a solo blast in the top of the fourth inning.
They canceled the Eagle’s home opener against Weatherford for Wednesday due to impending weather. A makeup date and time are still to be determined. For up-to-date schedules, visit www.ntcceagles.com.
NTCC Rodeo Team Starts Spring Season
The Northeast Texas Community College’s Rodeo team will travel to Sulphur Springs this weekend, Feb 3-4, for the Texas A&M University-Commerce Rodeo in the Hopkins County Civic Center.
NTCC will compete in five National Intercollegiate Athletic Association (NIRA) Rodeos this spring and, by combining the five Rodeos in the fall, hope to qualify for the Collegiate National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming, in June.
Freshmen Makenzie Mayes (Scroggins, Texas) leads the region in Ladies Breakaway Roping, and Taylor Eastridge (Beckley, WV), a fellow freshman, is setting herself up to have a chance with some good runs this spring in Barrel Racing.
Freshmen Colton Burkhard (Ivanhoe, Texas) in Bull riding and sophomore Garrett Fields (Quitman, Texas) in Steerwestling are looking to punch their ticket with a good spring.
The Eagles will follow up the Texas A&M University-Commerce Rodeo with a trip to Texas A&M University-College Station in March, then Wharton Junior College in Wharton, Texas, and Hill College in Hillsboro, Texas, the final two weekends of March. Finally, April will take the Eagles to Athens, Texas, to the Trinity Valley Community College Rodeo to finish the season.
NTCC will host the second annual Rodeo Banquet on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at the Becky and Buddy McCollum Events Center at the Mount Pleasant Rodeo Association Arena. The event will bring in Alumni, and current students, with a catered meal, live and silent auction, and live music and dancing. Keep an eye out for more about this event as the semester progresses.