Softball splits home opener with Western Nebraska

Navarro softball split its home-season opening doubleheader Friday against Western Nebraska Community College.

The Cougars won the first game 10-3, but the Bulldogs bounced back for a 6-1 nightcap victory at Jesse and Lou Cummings Field.

Western Nebraska (6-20) broke a 13-game losing streak with its first-game victory Friday.  The Scottsbluff, Neb., based team was finishing up a 10-game, spring break barnstorming tour of Region XIV.  WNCC had played four games at Tyler, plus doubleheaders at TVCC, Angelina and Navarro during the week before returning home for Region IX play.

Navarro salvaged the split as leftfielder Maddie Moore, second baseman Kora Heine, and rightfielder Makenzie Miller knocked in runs to back the combined four-hit pitching of Elisa Suarez and Megan Segree.

Moore knocked in two runs and scored one for NC.

Suarez yielded two hits and a walk during 4.1 innings in the circle for NC.  Segree gave up like numbers while pitching the final 2.2.

WNCC broke the shutout bid by scoring an unearned run in the seventh inning.

In the opening game, WNCC exploded for seven fourth-inning runs and added two in the fifth.  NC had scored a first-inning run for starter Katlynn Kaminski, who worked 3.1 innings.

Third baseman Zoe Miranda doubled and knocked in two runs for NC, while Heine hit a two-bagger and also a sacrifice fly.