SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A seventh-inning rally gave No. 11 Rollins a 3-2 win against 16th-ranked Angelo State in the St. Mary’s Tournament at the SAISD Sports Complex on Thursday afternoon.
“I know the girls are disappointed, but it was two good programs in a dog fight,” Angelo State head coach Travis Scott said. “I’m proud of our team, and I know the girls are ready to get back out there tomorrow.”
The Rambelles (0-1) were patient at the plate, drawing four walks against Rollins’ (1-0) All-American pitcher Hope Blitzer (1-0). Lauren Smith led-off the game with a free pass and advanced to second after a sacrifice by Morgan Spearman. The junior from Waxahachie would eventually score on a Tars throwing error to give the Rambelles an early 1-0 lead.
Claire Molina toed the rubber for Angelo State and rose to the challenge.
“Claire pitched extremely well and was throwing the ball hard,” Scott said. “She worked both sides of the plate and had great control of her change up.”
In 6.2 innings of work, Molina (0-1) had a game-high six strikeouts and surrendered just four hits.
In the top of the third, the Belles gave Molina an insurance run. Spearman led off the frame with a walk followed by a Kacie Easley single. With two on and nobody out, the Rambelles continued to play small ball as DeeshanaLynn Tafiti laid down a sacrifice bunt. Elsa Apo then laced a single up the middle to plate Spearman and build a 2-0 lead.
“We came out with a lot of energy and laid down a lot of bunts which is something we struggled with last year,” Scott said. “We came out and had a really good approach to a good pitcher.”
Angelo State took a 2-0 advantage into the bottom of the seventh, but the Tars scored three runs on two hits to secure a 3-2 victory. Aimee Haplin had Rollins’ game-winning hit that plated the final two runs.