Softball focuses on Cowtown Classic schedule

Softball focuses on Cowtown Classic schedule

By MIKE MONTFORT  —

After Tuesday’s home-opening doubleheader against Temple was rained out, Navarro Softball began work for the Cowtown Classic at Fort Worth this weekend.

NC (3-1) is scheduled to play five games during the massive, two-day tournament.  On Friday, the Bulldogs are pencilled in to play Southwestern CC, Ia., at 11 a.m., Rose State College, Ok., at 3 pm, and Allen CC, Ks., at 7 pm.  Saturday’s pairings include Hutchinson, Ks., at 3 pm and Northern Oklahoma College-Enid at 7 pm.

Last weekend at Weatherford’s Coyote Chillout, coach Jessica Karenke-Burke’s Bulldogs rolled to successive wins over North Central Texas College, Cowley, Ks., and the host Coyotes. NC outscored NCTC’s Lions 13-7, run-ruled the Cowley Tigers in five innings, 12-3, and shut out Weatherford at Stuart Field, 2-0, Saturday afternoon.

The shutout gained a smattering of revenge over WC, which tallied late in the tournament opener Friday to hand the Bulldogs a 7-5 setback.

BULLDOGS 2, WEATHERFORD 0
Lindsay Garner and Brooklyn Swacker combined on a five-hit shutout.

Garner spent 83 pitches and scattered five hits over six innings of work. She walked three batters and struck out one.

Swacker threw 10 pitches and turned in a  spotless seventh for NC.

Of Navarro’s seven hits off Weatherford’s route-going starter Destini Trahan, four were doubles. Three of the two-base hits figured prominently in the scoring.

The Bulldogs scored an unearned run in the third. Faith Fernandez doubled with one out, moved to third base on Madison Pond’s sacrifice bunt, and crossed home plate when Sarah Koeppen reached on an infield error.

Navarro added an insurance run in the fourth as Alanna Islas led off the inning with a double and came home on Bayja Newby’s two-out double.

GAME 2
SCORE BY INNINGS….R-H-E
Navarro………001 100 0 — 2-7-0 (LOB 6)
Weatherford…000 000 0 — 0-5-1 (LOB 6)
Pitchers:
NC — Lindsay Garner, Brooklyn Swacker (7) WC: Destini Trahan.
2B: Faith Fernandez, Alanna Islas, Sarah Koeppen, Bayja Newby
RBI: Bayja Newby
SAC: Jessa Johnson 2, Madison Pond.
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BULLDOGS 12, COWLEY 3 (5 innings)
Navarro Softball posted a run-ruled, 12-3 five-inning win Saturday morning.

Jada Woolley went 3-for-3 with two doubles and knocked in three runs to pace Navarro’s 11-hit attack. Janay Reynolds went 2-for-3, stole two bases and knocked in three runs.

Sarah Koeppen went 2-for-2 with two walks and scored three runs for the Bulldogs.

Faith Fernandez doubled and hit her second home run of the season.

GAME 1
SCORE BY INNINGS….R-H-E
Navarro……304….50 — 12-11-4
Cowley……120,,,,00 — 3- 6-3
In The Circle:
NC — Eliana Carrizales, Logan Reue (3).
2B:Faith Fernandez, Jada Woolley (2)
3B: Jessa Johnson, Sarah Koeppen
HR: Faith Fernandez (2nd)
RBI: Jada Woolley (3), Janay Reynolds (3), Jessa Johnson (2), Bailey Bowers, Harley davis, Faith Fernandez
SB: Sarah Koeppen (2), Janay Reynolds (2), Carmen Acosta.