Lamar-Port Arthur Uses Big Innings for Wins
AC News Service
A five-run sixth inning in the opener, followed by a three-run sixth in the nightcap, was more than enough for the Lamar State-Port Arthur Lady Seahawks to sweep the Angelina College Lady Roadrunners Wednesday in Lufkin.
The teams combined for 14 runs and 30 hits in a first-game slugfest, but Lamar-PA got the better of its opponent by stringing together more of those hits in an 8-6 win. Mallory Koschany went 4-for-5 from the leadoff spot, driving in two runs with a double in the sixth. Allison Angelle and Valerie Brown also picked up RBIs in the big inning that saw the Lady ‘Hawks bang out six hits in the single frame.
That single inning allowed Lamar-Port Arthur to rally from a 5-3 AC lead built on the Lady ‘Runners three-run third. Playing small ball – the Lady Roadrunners used five singles to keep the bases packed – AC got RBIs that inning from Shelby Wallace, Courtney Robbins and Kolebi Hodges to break a 2-2 tie. Garza would drive in another run in the sixth with a sacrifice fly to score Robbins, who finished with two hits in three at-bats. Hodges went 3-for-3, Hannah Coker went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Laura Martinez added a pair of singles.
That production wasn't enough against the hot-hitting Lady Seahawks, who also got the job done in the field. Koschany robbed AC's Molly Mackey of an extra base hit in the seventh, going up the wall in dead center field for a highlight-reel catch.
In the nightcap, Lady ‘Hawk starting pitcher Danielle Treadway held the Lady Roadrunners to just two hits and an unearned run over her six innings. Treadway also pitched the final 3 and 2/3 innings of the first game, giving her nearly 10 innings of work for the day.
With the score tied at 1-1 after five innings, the Lady Seahawks strung together a three-run sixth inning behind three singles, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly. Keely Borel led off with a single, Brittany Viramontes bunted her over and Koschany reached on a single. Adrienne Rocha drove in pinch runner Emily George with a fielder's choice, and Melinda LeDay followed with a run-scoring infield single. Laney Hernandez brought home the last run with a sacrifice fly, and Lamar-PA held that 4-1 lead over AC's final two at-bats.
The Lady ‘Hawks finished the nightcap with 10 hits, giving them 26 over the two games.
The Lady Roadrunners (20-16, 9-13) will close out the regular season on Saturday with a doubleheader against San Jacinto College. Those games are scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.
Gary L. Stallard