A different bounce or flight of the ball in any of the three losses and they could have been Cougar wins instead of “L’s”.
“The team played really well this weekend. We competed and played hard on every pitch,” said head coach Frank Morón.
The weekend of doubleheaders began on Friday with the CBC women facing Alvin Community College.
Game one was a full-fledged pitcher’s duel. The visiting Alvin women got the win with a 1-0 decision. Cougar hurler Christina Vasquez pitched seven full innings, giving up just four hits. The CBC defense played well behind her as Vasquez struck out only one Alvin batter. Brianna Sandoval had two hits in the game in three trips to the plate. They were the only hits of the contest by the Cougars.
Game two was all Cougars early. The CBC squad led 5-0 after three innings, but the Alvin club scored three in the sixth and three in the top of the seventh to gain a slim 6-5 advantage. CBC fought back and got the tying run in the seventh to send the game into extra innings. Alvin ended the marathon in the 11th with a three-run outburst to which CBC had no answer. The final was a 9-6 win and a sweep of the doubleheader for Alvin.
Both teams rocked out 12 hits. CBC got multiple hit games from three players as Danielle Doria (3-5), Kelsi Salziger (2-5) and J.J. Hernandez (2-6) led the CBC offensive attack. Sandoval, Yareli Rios, Amy Macias, Michelle Southerland, Alyssa Smith and Tamara Loftis also contributed base hits.
Chelsea Guzman pitched five inning of shutout ball as the CBC starter before the Alvin bats got things going their way. Jackie Guthrie and Annie Badillo finished up for the Cougars.
On Saturday, the Cougars went up against the Galveston College Whitecaps. CBC faced their ace and the top pitcher in the region in game one. CBC’s Badilla more than held her own and earned a 1-0 win in a well-played contest. Galveston got six hits off Badilla while the Cougar offense managed four base hits in the game, but it was enough to push across an early run and Badilla did the rest to hold off the Whitecaps. Badilla issued one walk and struck out six in her outing in the circle.
Hernandez had one hit for the Cougars in two trips to the plate. Rios came up big with a 2-3 day and the lone RBI of the contest. Kim Buendia had one hit and scored the lone CBC run.
In the series finale on Saturday, the Whitecaps edged the Cougars 6-5 in a 12-inning contest – their second extra inning game of the weekend.
Hernandez, Salziger, Rios, Kim Martinez and Doria all had two hits in the game. Coastal Bend had a chance to tie the game in the final inning but a play at the plate went Galveston’s way to end the one-run contest.
CBC plays Angelina and Lamar State this weekend on the road.