The Cougars had three games on Valentine’s Day to begin their long weekend of softball.
The Clarendon College women were up first for the Cougars. A three-run outburst in the third by the Bulldogs broke open a 1-1 contest. The Cougars answered with one run in the bottom of the third to make it a 4-2 contest. The Clarendon bats put together another rally in the top of the fifth for one more run to secure a 5-2 victory over the Cougars. CBC out-hit the Bulldogs 13-10, but those hits did not produce enough runs.
The Cougars picked up their lone win for the weekend in their next game on Friday.
The West Texas College Westerners fell behind early as the CBC bats scored four runs in the first, and two more runs crossed the plate in the bottom of the second frame for the Cougars for a 6-0 lead after two complete innings. The Westerners cut the lead in half with two runs of their own in the third.
The Cougars continued their hot hitting and added single runs in the third and fourth frames, along with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth.
The Westerners added a single run in the fifth and rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh, but they fell short 10-6. The CBC women pounded out 18 hits in the win and committed just one error to help get the victory.
Luna Community College took on the Cougars in the day’s finale. The Rough Riders and the Cougars played a close and tight ball game through the first three innings. The Cougars led by one, 3-2, after three innings. The Rough Riders began to get the upper hand with a four-run explosion in the fourth frame, then added a single run in the sixth for a 7-4 lead over the CBC women, who had scored another run in their half of the fifth.
Both teams plated one run in the sixth frame, but the Rough Riders put the game out of reach with seven big runs in the top of the seventh, to win easily, 14-5.
The slugfest had the two teams combine for 30 base hits with the Cougars getting 19 of them. Six CBC errors did not help the Cougar cause.
On Saturday, the Cougars were on the field against the host Midland Chaparrals. The host team put up three runs in the first, two in the third and another five runs over the final two frames of the contest for 10 runs total. The Cougars went ahead briefly with a four-run explosion in the third, then regained the lead with another two runs in the fifth for a 6-5 CBC lead. The late rallies in the sixth and seventh were the difference. Midland got the win, 10-6. Both teams committed five errors in the game, and hits were in double figures for both.
The second opponent on Saturday was the team from Howard College. The Hawks and the Cougars were tied up in a pitchers’ duel until the sixth inning. The Hawks pushed across three runs in the top half of the inning and added one more run in the seventh. CBC got their lone run of the contest in the bottom of the seventh, to leave the scoreboard at 4-1 with the win going to the Hawks.
The final two games on Sunday had the Cougars facing Western Nebraska College and Odessa College. It was a Cougar versus Cougar battle when the CBC squad faced the team from Nebraska. The Western Nebraska girls scored seven big runs in the top of the third to take a 9-0 lead over CBC. The contest ended with Nebraska getting the victory, 9-4.
Against Odessa, the Cougars trailed 3-1 after one complete inning, but Odessa went on to a 7-1 victory to close out the tournament for the Cougars.
The CBC women will host Huston-Tillotson on Friday for a doubleheader, with the first game beginning at 1 p.m.