WEATHERFORD, Texas — The Cowley College softball team opened the spring season by winning one of four games Friday and Saturday.
The Lady Tigers defeated host Weatherford 7-3 in Friday’s opener, but dropped the next three games.
Cowley fell 13-10 later Friday against Northeast Texas. The Lady Tigers were run-ruled 12-3 by Navarro in Saturday’s opener before dropping the nightcap 10-5 to North Central Texas.
“I knew going into the weekend we were going to be challenged and I thought we started the weekend series on the right note, but just didn’t finish games like we needed to,” Cowley coach Jenny Hoyt said. “Several times in the three losses we had the lead and didn’t capitalize.”
Cowley sophomore Ashlynn Mercer earned the victory in the pitching circle early Friday with a complete-game four-hitter.
Paige Hughes drove in three runs, while sophomore transfer Dezmen Duncan, Taylor Anglen and Skylar Darnell added two hits apiece.
Brooke Mason (0-1) took the loss in Friday’s nightcap, giving up six hits and three earned runs in 4 2/3 innings.
Hughes again led the way at the plate, finishing a home run shy of the cycle, going 3 for 4 and scoring three runs.
Mercer (1-1) was not as effective on Saturday against Navarro, allowing eight hits and 12 runs, six earned, in 3 2/3 innings. Hughes and Duncan each had two hits.
Cowley scored four runs in the top of the first inning of Saturday’s finale against North Central Texas. However, the Lady Lions came back with a six-run fifth.
Mason (0-2) took the loss, giving up six hits and four earned runs in four innings.
North Central’s Kylie Bowen took over for Sylvia Murillo in the first inning and limited the Lady Tigers to four hits and one run in the final 6 1/3 innings.
Cowley freshman Alivia Lange tripled and drove in two runs, while sophomore Christian Wind went 3 for 4 with an RBI.
“I was pleased with how well we swung the bat over the weekend with it being our first outing against pitchers other than our own,” Hoyt said. “We just have to execute more with people in scoring positions as we left a lot of runners on over the weekend.”
After playing solid defense in the opener, Cowley committed 11 errors in the three losses.
“We need to focus more on making the easy outs; overall, we have to improve on this side of the game,” Hoyt said. “We are scoring enough runs in a ball game to win, but our defense didn’t pull through.”
The Lady Tigers play five games this Friday and Saturday at the Cowtown Classic in Fort Worth, Texas.
Cowley 7, Weatherford 3
Northeast Texas 13, Cowley 10
Navarro 12, Cowley 3
North Central Texas 10, Cowley 5