The 2019 season has come to a close for the Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals’ softball team.
It has been a roller coaster of a season and yet, the Cardinals came into their regular season finale at home on Sunday against Kilgore with a chance to clinch a spot in the Region XIV Tournament in Lufkin.
The team was searching for their first berth in the NJCAA Tournament under head coach James Rodriguez and his wife, Kathleen.
Throughout the year, the team dealt with key injuries, including nine starters out during the season, and faced various weather issues with a number of games either cancelled or postponed.
Hoping to complete a doubleheader sweep against the Rangers, they came up short in a 6-5 loss in Game 2.
They kept their postseason hopes alive as they took Game 1, 3-0, when Angela Ramirez allowed three hits against Kilgore.
Josie Sumpter drove in a run with an RBI double and Mikayla De Los Santos and Hailey Avalos both had RBI singles.
In Game 2, Kilgore led 2-0 in the top of the first inning.
TVCC jumped on the board and trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth.
After the Rangers plated another pair in the top of the fifth, they led 4-1, but the Cardinals quickly scored three in the bottom of the fifth to tie it at 4-4.
With Kilgore up 6-4 going into the final inning, the Cardinals threatened with one out as Claudia Santana walked. Avalos beat out an infield single to bring De Los Santos to the plate as the tying run. De Los Santos delivered with a single to score Santana.
But the Cardinals left Avalos and De Los Santos stranded, bringing their season to a close at 22-23 and 11-17 in conference.