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Bulldogs, Ranger split run-rule softball decisions

By MIKE MONTFORT  —

      Navarro softball managed a split of run-ruled games in its non-conference doubleheader Wednesday against the Ranger Rangers here at Jesse and Lou Cummings Field.

The Bulldogs (10-10) won the opener 10-2, but dropped the nightcap 8-0.  Both contests were shortened to five innings.

Navarro 10, Ranger 2

Taylor Goulet slugged her third home run of the season and drove in three runs as the Bulldogs defeated Ranger in the opener.  Navarro scored three runs in the first and fifth innings and sandwiched a four spot during a 10-batter, second inning off starting and losing pitcher Julia Walker.

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Navarro parlayed three walks with singles from Goulet, Alissa Chavez, Yasmin Melero and Jaclyn Kresta during a four-run second inning when six consecutive batters reached safely with two out.

After Goulet’s fifth-inning homer, singles by Chavez, Melero and Kresta produced two more runs that ended the game.

Lefthander Casey Peters went three innings and struck out three in Navarro’s win.

Ranger 8, Navarro 0

Right hander Lindsey Honeycutt twirled a two-hit shutout at the Bulldogs in the nightcap as Ranger (10-8) gained the split.

Next for Navarro:

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Bulldog softball participates in the three-day Region XIV Preseason Tournament at Beaumont.  On Friday, Navarro faces Galveston at 2 pm and Lamar State-Port Arthur at 6 pm.  On Saturday, NC meets Laredo at 1 pm and San Jacinto-South at 5 pm.  And on Sunday, the Bulldogs square off with Butler CC, Ks., at 9 am and Coastal Bend at 1 pm.