Cougars split softball opener with Chaparrals
by Bruce Harper
Feb 10, 2012 | 1646 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CBC leadoff hitter J.J. Hernandez, a former Lady Trojan, strokes a first inning base hit during the Cougars’ 5-2 win over the Midland Chaparrals on Jan. 28. The visiting Chaps came back and won the second game of the twin bill to earn a split.
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BEEVILLE – The Coastal Bend College Cougar softball squad opened the season with a doubleheader on Jan. 28, against the visiting Midland College Chaparrals. The teams split the twin bill with the Cougars, edging the Chaps 5-2 in the opener. The visitors took the second game 8-2.

“I liked the way we hit, and we played pretty solid defense,” said CBC coach Estevan Vasquez.

Good pitching and timely hitting were credited for the victory in the first game. Midland scored first, but the Cougars came right back and tied it up at 1-1 after the first inning. The contest went to 2-2 in the third, but the Cougars got the final three runs to put the Chaps on the wrong side of a 5-2 game.

CBC catcher Shelby Winters was a perfect 4-4 at the plate with a double, a run and an RBI. Former Lady Trojan J.J. Hernandez went 2-4 with a double, a run and RBI. Shortstop Lora Garcia picked up two hits in three trips plus an RBI. Samantha Sanchez recorded two RBI’s to provide the home team’s insurance runs.

Cougar Kelsey Runk went the distance in the circle, allowing two runs, but only one was earned.

Game two went to the hard-hitting Chapparals, 8-2. The Midland women represent Region V in the playoffs most years.

There were still some CBC highlights as Winters continued to swing a hot bat, going 2-3 with an RBI. Outfielder Naomi Treviño had three hits in three trips, and Maria Lopez got one hit in three tries.

Cristina Vasquez pitched five innings for the home team and took the loss with eight runs allowed. Four of them were earned. The Cougar defense was not as sharp as in the first contest.

“Overall, it was a great start. We had good chemistry, and it bodes well for the future of Cougar softball,” Vasquez said.

The Cougars were rained out in San Antonio on Saturday, Feb. 4, but made up the games with Our Lady of the Lake University on Tuesday in San Antonio. This weekend, the CBC squad will travel to Fort Worth to compete in the Cow Town tournament.

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