BULLARD - Tyler Junior College softball accomplished a double-header sweep without reaching the sixth inning of either game Wednesday, defeating Angelina College 12-4 and 8-0 at Schwab Field on the campus of The Brook Hill School.
The Apache Ladies (42-13, 21-3), ranked No. 10 in the most recent NJCAA Division I poll, got a homer and three RBIs from Haille Weber in Game 1 with Julia Knight delivering a five-hit shutout in Game 2.
Angelina College jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to a solo homer by Taylor Davis and two-run single from Shay Vegas.
TJC responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by an RBI double from Makenzie Goswick. Angelina increased TJC’s deficit to 4-2 in the second when the Roadrunners took advantage of an error, but the Apache Ladies used the long ball to help take the game over for good in the third. Shelbi Court smacked a two-run shot to tie the game with Makenzie Chatham’s RBI single ending up being the game-winning run.
TJC made it 8-4 in the fourth on a three-run homer by Weber. The Apache Ladies continued to add to their lead until a two-run single by Rebecca Snow put the run-rule into play.
Kelly Mardones shook of the first inning to go five strong for the victory, allowing four runs on eight hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Angelina’s Courtney Stephenson took the loss, allowing 11 earned in four innings.
TJC scored runs in four straight innings to invoke the run-rule after four. The Apache Ladies took a 3-0 lead in the first with Briana Paysinger and Court both scoring on passed balls and Goswick coming home on an error. A two-run double by Snow in the second scored Shelby Hotchkiss and Paysinger to increase the TJC lead to 5-0 with Snow later scoring on a RBI groundout from Weber.
The Apache Ladies achieved run-rule with an RBI double by Chatham in the third and RBI single from Goswick in fourth.
That was more than enough run support for Knight, who allowed five hits with no walks and four strikeouts.