Freshman Katelyn Slamer made her debut at Texas A&M University-Texarkana a memorable one Friday at Spring Lake Park in wins over Sterling College and Lyon College.
Slamer, a graduate of Rancho Cucamonga High School in California, scored four runs on five hits, including a triple. The Eagles used that performance to beat Sterling College, 3-0, and Lyon College, 11-10.
Both wins were dramatic. Dorrie Cormier went seven innings in the circle against Sterling. She scattered five hits to get her first win. Slamer figured in all three runs with a triple and single. She scored twice and drove in the third run.
Erika Richardson and Jaden Lance had run-scoring singles for Texarkana. Jordyn Logan and Alicia Mora had one hit each for the Eagles.
Eagles rally twice against Lyon College
Texas A&M-Texarkana fell behind 3-0 in the first inning against Lyon College. The Eagles rallied back with two runs in the first, one in the second and four in the fourth for a 7-3 lead. Lyon College answered back to take a 10-7 lead into the bottom of the seventh. The Eagles rallied again for four runs and the win.
Slamer had three singles and scored two runs. Lance exploded for two hits, three runs and two RBI. Morgan Bullock and Lauren Bierschenk had two hits each and drive in two runs. Mora drove in three runs, while Richardson scored twice and drive in a run with a single.
Freshman Sierrah Kupihea started in the circle for the Eagles, leaving in the sixth. Lauryn Henson was the winning pitcher in relief.
The three teams will be back in action Saturday, with the first game at noon.
Eagles’ baseball team splits with Friends
Cole Connally scattered five hits and went the distance on the mound Friday to beat Friends University, 4-1.
Connally got lots of support at the plate with the Eagles banging out 12 hits. Jaylon Prince, this week’s Red River Athletic Conference Player of the Week, had a double, two singles and drove in two runs. Pleasant Grove graduate Joe Pearlman and Brandon Riley also had three hits each. Chris McGinty had two singles and drive in a run.
Friends scored five runs in the third inning of the nightcap, handing the Eagles their second loss of the season, 6-4.
Once again Prince led the Eagles at the plate with two singles. Pearlman had a two-run double, while McGinty contributed a double. Kealon Martin and Cal Hodgins had run-scoring singles.
The two schools play another doubleheader Saturday, with the first game starting at noon.