Athens Review, Athens, Texas

April 23, 2013

COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Tough weekend

TVCC swept in two games against Navarro; wrap up regular season Wednesday at home

Joe Elerson
The Athens Review

CORSICANA — The Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals were swept in two games Saturday afternoon at the Jesse and Lou Cummings Field.

In the opening game, coach Ashley Johnston's team lost, 5-3 and then in game two lost, 3-2, on a walk-off single to fall to 29-22 overall and 9-9 in conference play.

Game 1

Navarro 5, TVCC 3

In the opening game of the series, The Lady Bulldogs scored four of their runs in the bottom of the sixth inning off starting pitcher Kimberly Leschber and reliever Kayla Cosby.

Navarro's T.J. Smith opened up with a single, followed by a single from Corinne Brassell and a bunt single from Mason Grubbs to load the bases.

Jessica Marshburn then roped a two RBI double to tie the game up at, 3-3. Later in the inning, Jade Havard hit an RBI sacrifice-fly and Kristen Lopez drove in Marshburn to give them the 5-3 lead.

TVCC opened up the scoring off starting pitcher Kaycee Spears with a solo home run over the left centerfield fence by Taylor Wilson for the 1-0 lead.

In the top of the fifth, TVCC added two more runs on an RBI single from Candise Wise that scored Marci Seymour and a RBI double from Chyna Phipps.

Phipps went 2-for-4. She drove in a run. Celeste Montoya went 1-for-2.

Navarro was led at the plate by Mo Miller, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base. Teammate T.J. Smith went 2-for-3 in the game.

Game 2

Navarro 3, TVCC 2

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Navarro second baseman Brassell smacked the walk-off single off TVCC starting pitcher Cosby — which plated Daniele Nash and courtesy runner Kelsey Villasenor for the game-winning run.

Earlier in the game, TVCC's Montoya opened up the second inning with a double and advanced to third on a groundout by Erica Jordan.

Following a groundout by Whitehead, Montoya scored the first run of the game off of Navarro starter Brianna Bryant for the 1-0 lead.

Navarro tied the game in the bottom of the fourth as Havard smacked a triple to deep center field. She later scored on a sacrifice-fly by Lopez.

TVCC took the lead back in the top of the fifth on an RBI-double by Wise for the 2-1 lead.

Nash, Megan Noel, and Brassell all went 2-for-3 at the plate for Navarro.

Teammate Tealey Farquhar was 2-for-2 before being injured in the fifth inning on a successful steal attempt. Brassell led the team with two RBI.

TVCC wraps up the regular season Wednesday afternoon with a double header against Northeast Texas Community College. The first game starts at 1 p.m.