Game one on Friday had the Cougars against Lubbock Christian University JV. The LCU pitching was tough and their hitters were even tougher as the Cougars lost a 16-0 contest. Yarelli Rios had one hit (a double) in two trips to the plate. Samantha Cantu also delivered a base knock, as did Amy Macias. Annie Badillo, Stephanie Salinas and Jackie Guthrie were in the circle.
The nationally ranked (7th) Howard College ladies were the Cougars’ next foe. It was close, but certainly not a pitching duel. Howard grabbed the 10-8 win.
JJ Hernandez went one for three with a walk and scored three runs in the game for the Bee County squad. Briana Sandoval had two hits in three trips to the plate as did Rios. Michelle Southerland came through with the bases loaded with a grand slam. Kelsi Salziger also went deep for the Cougars and had two hits in the close loss. Christina Vasquez smacked a double in three trips while Samantha Cantu and Macias each had one hit. Vasquez pitched the complete game for CBC.
In the third game of the tourney on Saturday, the Cougars picked up their lone victory by defeating Western Texas College 8-5. Sandoval was a perfect three for three at the plate. Rios had three hits in four trips with three blasts clearing the fence for homers. Cantu also homered in the win. Alyssa Smith and Chesney Storrs both hit safely in the game. Chelsea Guzman went the distance in the circle for the CBC women to get the win.
In game four, Otero College blanked the Cougars 15-0. Macias, Cantu and Kim Martinez stroked singles.
The CBC women also lost their tourney finale 8-0 to Clarendon College. The Cougars picked up seven singles but could not string the base hits together to produce a run, according to coach Frank Moron.
Rios finished the week with a .500 average by going seven for 14 on the week with one double and three home runs, knocking in six runs. Rios was named the “Player of the Week” for the conference for her fine performance at the plate.
The CBC softball team will compete at the Temple College tournament this weekend.