Friday’s twinbill against the Lamar State SeaHawks began with a 4-0 loss to the visitors. The Cougars outhit the SeaHawks, but could not string anything together to produce a run.
It was a classic pitchers’ duel as Cougar hurler Chelsea Guzman allowed just one run in the third to the visitors through the first six frames. It was still a 1-0 ball game entering the seventh and final inning. The SeaHawks finally got to Guzman as three runners crossed home plate to give the visitors the 4-0 victory.
Cougars Brianna Sandoval and Amy Macias had two hits apiece in the loss.
Game two was definitely not a pitchers’ duel. The teams combined for 19 runs in the 10-9 win for the SeaHawks. The Cougars pounded the ball for 15 hits.
It was a big seven-run second inning for Lamar State that put the Cougars in a hole. After two complete innings, the score was 7-2. CBC got four runs back in the third to pull within one run at 7-6.
The teams matched run production the rest of the way. Each team scored a single run in the fourth and then two in the seventh. The Cougar rally fell just short in their final at-bats in the 10-9 loss.
Alyssa Smith led the CBC offense with four hits in the game. Sandoval came through with three base knocks and three RBIs, and Kelsi Salziger added two hits for the Cougars. Christina Vasquez took the loss for CBC in the circle.
On Saturday, the Angelina Roadrunners provided the competition. The first contest was another close affair as the Roadrunners exploded for four runs in the top of the seventh to come from behind to snag a 6-5 win over the Cougars.
The visitors got on the scoreboard first with a single run in the top of the fourth. CBC got two runs in the bottom of the frame to gain the lead. Three more Cougar runs in the next inning gave the CBC squad the lead at 5-1.
Angelina scored another single run in the sixth to edge closer at 5-2 and then the four-run explosion in the seventh to regain the lead at 6-5. The Cougars failed to score in the bottom of the seventh.
Sandoval continued hot with the bat with two more hits in the game. Smith and Michelle Southerland also had two hits in the loss. Smith knocked in three runs for the Cougars and Samantha Cantu was credited with two RBIs.
The final game of the weekend was a 6-0 shutout victory by the Roadrunners. The Angelina pitching held the Cougars to four hits over the seven innings. Danielle Doria hit safely twice in the loss.
“All year long we have had trouble finishing games, and this is what happened to us this weekend. We just don’t make the plays or get the hits when we need them, and they always come back to haunt us,” said CBC head coach Frank Morón.
“It’s a shame because we are playing and competing hard.”
The Cougars will be back at home this Friday for a doubleheader against San Jacinto and will take on the Blinn College women on Saturday. The games on Friday begin at 2 and 4 p.m., while the Saturday contests are set for 1 and 3 p.m.