Blinn Softball Falls To Tyler In Non-Conference Games
BRENHAM, Texas — The Blinn College softball team fell to Tyler Junior College in two non-conference games at Hohlt Park Thursday.
The Buccaneers fell to the Apaches by the scores of 9-2 and 12-8.
With the pair of losses, the Buccaneers are now 10-14 overall.
“We had several well-pitched innings, and had a lead in Game 2, but missed an opportunity,” head coach Rick Church said. “We find a way to let our opponents beat us with errors and misjudged flyballs. We have to find a way so that we are the ones at the end of the day that had more grit and maybe our fortunes will change.”
Tyler 9 – Blinn 2
Blinn opened the doubleheader with a 9-2 loss to Tyler.
Emily Murphy led the Buccaneers on offense with two RBIs, while Renna Toomey and Chloe Woodward each scored one run. Italie Speziale-Potter, Mikaela Lopez, Kendall Johnson, and Murphy each had one hit the game.
Tyler took off with a 5-0 lead after scoring three runs in the first inning and two runs in the second inning.
Blinn scored its only two runs in the fourth inning. Lopez led off with a single and Toomey landed on base due to a Tyler error, then Murphy knocked in a pair of runs.
Blinn held Tyler in the fifth and sixth innings, but the Apaches were able to score four runs in the seventh inning to take a 9-2 lead for good.
Tyler 12 – Blinn 8
The Apaches rallied back to defeat Blinn, 12-8, in the second game of the doubleheader.
In addition, Blinn’s offense totaled 13 hits. Keely Castillo drove in two runs, while Woodward and Samanatha Rodriguez each scored two runs.
Tyler started the game with a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. However, the Buccaneers took a 2-1 lead in the bottom half of the inning when Woodward scored on an error and Natilee Reed hit a one-run single.
Tyler evened the score in the second inning and took a 5-2 lead with three runs in the fourth inning. Blinn answered back with two runs in the fourth inning when Toomey and Castillo each hit one-run singles. Then, the Buccaneers took a 6-5 when Reed scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Woodward and Rodriguez scored on an error in the fifth inning.
The Apaches came back with an explosive six-run inning to take an 11-6 lead for good in the sixth.
Blinn got one run back in the bottom of the sixth inning when Murphy scored on a fielder’s choice.
Tyler tacked on its final run in the seventh inning to lead 12-7. Blinn rallied for its final run in the bottom of the seventh inning when Woodward scored on a fielder’s choice.
Next, the Buccaneers will resume conference play with a doubleheader against No. 13 San Jacinto College-South on Saturday, April 11, starting at 2 p.m. at Hohlt Park.
Blinn has competed in intercollegiate athletics since 1903 and captured 41 NJCAA national championships since 1987.