17 Apr 4-doubleheader week new challenge for NC softball
Navarro’s softball team, now mixing rescheduled games with regular ones, find themselves in the middle of a four-doubleheader stretch this week as they focus on qualifying for the Region XIV Tournament.
Coach Jessica Karenke-Burke’s Bulldogs (21-17/10-8) travel Wednesday to Paris and face the Lady Dragons in a 1 pm doubleheader. The twinbill against PJC will be its third in four days. The Bulldogs need their first sweep since March 30 to secure a stronger grip on one of the top four East Zone qualifying slots for the region tournament scheduled May 4-7 at Lamar State-Port Arthur.
Another sweep over PJC would sweeten chances since the Bulldogs split re-scheduled twinbills with Northeast Texas here Sunday and also with Trinity Valley at Athens Monday. Following the trends that saw the Bulldogs split four of their last five conference doubleheaders, Navarro rallied for second-game wins.
Monday on Drumgoole Field at Cain Park in Athens, Navarro hammered TVCC 14-2 in a five-inning, second game after the Cardinals took a 6-4 opener. The Bulldogs rolled to an 11-0 second-game advantage in four innings.
Meanwhile, on Sunday at Jesse and Lou Cummings Field, NC triumphed 4-1 in the nightcap after dropping a 9-5 decision in Game 1.
Game 2 — Navarro 4, Northeast 1
Kaitlynn Kaminski secured the second-game win in the circle for Navarro.
The Bulldogs scored off starter Jamie Franks in the bottom of the first. Maddie Moore walked, moved to second base on Kamo Wells’ sacrifice bunt, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on Kora Heine’s ground out to second base.
Wells and Taylor Goulet singled during a three-run Navarro third as the Bulldogs took advantage of a pair of Northeast errors in the rally.
Game 1 — Northeast 9, Navarro 5
All of Northeast’s runs were unearned as the Eagles capitalized on five Bulldog errors in the game. NTCC went to work quickly, sending 12 batters to the plate against Chelsea Vandiver in the first inning and scoring eight times thanks to three Navarro errors.
Navarro scored three runs in fourth and added two in the fifth, thanks to third baseman Yasmin Melero’s sixth home run of the season.
Reliever Makensie Miller worked the final 6.1 innings and limited the Eagles to one hit and one walk.