NTCC softball season in full swing

   Northeast Texas Community College Eagle Softball (12-24, 7-13) traveled to Corsicana to take on the Navarro College Bulldogs (22-21, 9-11) April 19. Navarro took down the Eagles 9-0 in game one and carried that momentum into game two and defeated NTCC 10-2.

   Navarro got things started in the first inning scoring four runs on six hits. The Bulldogs added one run in the second inning, and two each in the third and fourth innings to power ahead of the Eagles 9-0.

   Jamie Franks (Hardin Simmons University commit) started in the circle for NTCC and Mackensie Mankel also saw action for the Eagles in game one, each pitcher throwing two innings in the circle.

   Blakelea Nettles and Shelby Baker (Hardin Simmons University commit) each collected hits for the Eagles, but the Navarro pitching stifled the Eagle batters inducing ten ground ball outs on the day.

   In game two of the set, Navarro got on the board first scoring one run in the first inning to get things started for the Bulldogs. Navarro scored five runs in the second inning to take a 6-0 lead over NTCC. Five errors in game two would be costly for NTCC and the Bulldogs took advantage taking game two 10-2.

  The Eagles did not go down easy, plating two runs in the third inning to cut the lead to 6-2, however that would be the only runs NTCC could plate in game two.

Kara Carter was in the circle for NTCC and went the distance for the Eagles striking out three on the day.

   NTCC out hit the Bulldogs six to five in game two with Macee Hollins and Brooklyn Manes leading the way with two hits each. Haylee Wilson and Raylei Merrell each added a hit for the Eagles. 

NTCC Softball sweeps Bossier Parish

   Northeast Texas Community College (12-22, 7-11) softball traveled to Bossier Parish Community College (32-14, 8-10) April 17 and came away with a sweep of the Cavaliers. Game one of the day went into extra innings with the Eagles winning 9-8 in nine innings. Game two saw NTCC grab an 11-5 victory over BPCC.

   In game one, NTCC took the lead in the top of the ninth to lead them to a 9-8 win. The game was tied at four with the Eagles batting in the top of the ninth when an error scored two runs for NTCC.  The Eagles got things moving in the first inning after Macee Hollins and Ramzi Smith (East Texas Baptist University commit) reached base with singles. Haylee Wilson then homered on a 1-2 count scoring three runs to give NTCC a 3-0 lead.

   BPCC climbed back into the game scoring one run in the second, third, and fourth innings to tie the game at 3-3. Both teams added a run in the sixth inning to keep the game tied at 4-4. NTCC outscored Bossier in the ninth inning to take the win.

   Jamie Franks (Hardin Simmons University commit) led things off in the circle for NTCC. Franks took the win after pitching eight innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits and striking out two. Kara Carter pitched relief in the ninth inning to pick up the save for the Eagles.

   NTCC homered twice on the day. Korbyn Bassett put the Eagles ahead for good when she went deep in the ninth inning to go along with Wilson’s three run shot in the first.

   The Eagle batters collected 11 hits. Blakelea Nettles, Wilson, Hollins, and Raylei Merrell each collected multiple hits for NTCC. Nettles went 3-for-5 at the plate to lead Eagle Softball in hits.

   Game two of the day saw the Eagles explode for five runs in the first inning to set the tone for the second game of the series. NTCC sent eight batters to the plate in the first to score the five runs on five hits and one error.

   Kara Carter went the distance in game two to pick up the win against BPCC. The Eagles’ bats remained hot in game two and Brooklyn Manes led off the second inning with a solo shot to left. NTCC added one more run in the second inning when Blakelea Nettles scored on an error after drawing a walk.

   NTCC added two more runs in the fifth inning, and one each in the sixth and seventh innings to defeat Bossier 11-5.

   Shelby Baker (Hardin Simmons University Commit) led Eagles Softball with three hits in four at bats. Nettles reached base four times in the game with a single and drew three walks.