The Angelina College Lady Roadrunner softball team followed up Monday's heart-stopping, last at-bat win with a sweep of Bossier Parish College on Tuesday. In those two games, the Lady Roadrunners used solid pitching and defense, along with some timely hits, to keep the drama to a minimum.
AC used a two-run sixth inning in the opener to take a 4-2 win over the Lady Cavaliers. After Taylor Sells and Taylor Brookshire opened the inning with back-to-back singles, Kayla Bryan broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI double to score Sells and move Brookshire to third. Hailey Peet then scored Brookshire with a sacrifice fly to give the Lady ‘Runners their winning margin.
Bryan, who went 3-for-3 with an RBI double at the plate, picked up the win in relief of Brittney Smith, who scattered seven hits but allowed just two runs in five innings of work.
Bossier Parish's Amanda Harmon drove in one Lady Cav run with a first-inning single; Harmon also scored her team's second run on an RBI single from Erin Compian.
The Lady ‘Runners scored their other two runs in the second and fifth innings, with Taylor Sells stealing home ahead of a double steal in the second. Caitlyn Samford led off the fifth with a single, giving way to pinch runner Taylor Jaynes, who scored ahead of Randi Rascoe's double. AC tacked on the two runs in the sixth for the win.
In the nightcap, Bryan again picked up the victory, pushing her record to 3-0 on the young season while getting plenty of help from her defense. Bryan worked her way out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning thanks to a couple of big plays by third baseman Kennedy Mullins, who speared a liner headed toward the left-field corner for one out before making a play on a hard-hit ground ball to end the inning.
And in the sixth, Samford threw home to catcher Taylor Sells to nab Logan Hebert for what would have been the tying run.
The Lady Roadrunners got a 3-for-3 game at the plate from leadoff hitter Amanda Vincent, who scored two of AC's three runs. Sells' two-run single in the third inning gave Bryan all the cushion she'd need in leading the Lady ‘Runners to the sweep.
AC head coach Chrystal Vega said the day's work came from being more aggressive at the plate: In the two games, the Lady Roadrunners struck out a total of just four times.
"I think today it was a matter of putting the ball in play more frequently rather than relying on one key hit, the way we had to do last night," Vega said. "We had some jitters in that first game yesterday, but we seemed to have settled down quite a bit today and relaxed more. That's how we're going to win a lot of our games: Being patient and doing what we're able to do best."
The Lady Roadrunners (3-1) will travel to Ft. Worth this weekend for the Cowtown Tournament. The next home stand is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 19th against Trinity Valley College.