Howard Collegeâ€™s Olive Naotala blasts a two-run home run during the second game of the Hawksâ€™ doubheader against El Paso Community College Thursday at Foundation Field. (HERALD photo/Tony Claxton)
The Howard College Hawks' softball team continued to keep pace with their fellow Western Junior College Athletic Conference leaders with a 3-2, 10-1 doubleheader sweep of El Paso Community College Thursday at Foundation Field.
Pitchers Sandra Serna and Selina Mitchell earned wins for the Hawks Thursday.
â€śWe kind of had a slow start (Thursday), but we finally got going,â€ť Howard Coach Kelly Raines said. â€śEvery win counts in this conference â€¦ and now we have to win two more today.â€ť
The sweep improved Howard's WJCAC record to 16-3, good enough for second play in the conference. Howard currently stands one game back of league leader Odessa College, and one game ahead of third-place Midland College.
Raines said she wasn't surprised that the top of the conference standings has become so crowded.
â€śMidland and Odessa always have good teams,â€ť she said. â€śFor us to win it, we have to take care of business. You've got to be on your game â€¦ and you can't slip up. But I feel we have a good team, too. This is one of the best teams we've ever had at Howard.â€ť
The Hawks faced EPCC in another doubleheader today starting at noon at Foundation Field.
season with win
DENVER CITY â€” The Coahoma Bulldogettes kept their playoff hopes alive by routing Denver City, 17-1, in District 3-2A softball action Thursday evening.
The Bulldogettes only collected eight hits, but combined that with 11 walks issued by Denver City pitching to earn the run-rule win.
Pitcher Kyla Clanton earned the win for Coahoma, striking out nine and walking only one in the four-inning game.
Offensively, the Bulldogettes were led by Savannah Neff, who was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and four runs scored, and Emilea Brumley, who had a 3-RBI double in the first inning.
â€śWe hit the ball pretty well, and Kyla did a good job pitching,â€ť Coahoma Coach Tracy Tadlock said. â€śWe pretty much took care of business (Thursday).â€ť
The Bulldogettes (14-20 overall, 7-5 in district play) must now await the results of today's District 3-2A game between league-leader Colorado City and Post, which is currently a half-game ahead of Coahoma in the fight for the third and final playoff spot from the league.
If Post wins, the Lady Antelopes will win the third playoff spot outright. However, if C-City wins, Coahoma and Post will square off in an extra game to determine the district's final playoff representative. The extra game, if needed, will be played at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Cates Field in Snyder.
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