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OJC Press Release ID: 2619

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Rattler Softball splits their first double header

The Lady Rattlers started their season in Colby, Kansas on Saturday instead of at home on Tippy Martinez Field because the field was not yet dry enough to play the games that were originally scheduled at Tippy for Friday, Feb. 3.  Otero Softball ended up splitting the double header with Colby, losing game one 16 – 10 and winning the second game 14 - 10.

During the first game, the Otero Lady Rattlers rallied for a total of five runs in the first inning. Sarah Kay, the Otero’s 5-hole hitter and starting catcher for that game, was able to get a grand slam to start the season. Colby came ready to play as well, answering back with four runs in the bottom of the 1st. Hitting a dry spell, the Rattlers failed to score in the 2nd and 3rd innings, but Colby earned four more runs putting the score at 8-5. 

Otero’s second baseman, Annie Davis, bailed the Lady Rattlers out of a defensive inning in the top of the 3rd with Colby runners on 1st and 2nd by catching a line drive and doubling off the first base runner to end the potential rally. Continuing to play hard, the Lady Rattlers scored two in the 4th, one in the 5th, and two in the 6th. However, that was not enough.  Otero Softball surrendered seven runs to Colby in the 6thing inning, putting OJC down 16-10. The Rattlers were unable to score in the top of the 7th; the final score would stand at Trojans 16 and Rattlers 10. 

In game two, Amanda Almond got the first team win from the mound. Throughout the second game the Otero Softball pitching staff was able to keep the Colby hitters off balance. The pitching line up was as follows: Courtney Baeckel (2 innings), Demi Ownbey (1 inning), Amanda Almond (1 inning), Miranda Davis (1 inning), and Emily Marcus (2 innings). The joint effort of the pitchers allowed the Rattlers to keep the lead throughout the entire game.

The batting productivity from the first game stayed hot in the second game. The Lady Rattlers had three home runs: Almond (2-run homerun), Baeckel (solo homerun), and Ownbey (3-run homerun). Catcher Taylor Hansel had a triple and a double, while starting infielder Sarah Kay, and Designated Player Morgan Hansel had two doubles each. Not only was the team hitting well, but the base running was aggressively executed. Miranda Davis, who started in centerfield, had three stolen bases. The Lady Rattlers got the win with 14 runs over Trojans’ 10 runs.

The Otero Softball team will head to Texas on Wednesday, Feb. 8. They will play Western Texas Thursday, Feb. 9 at 1 and 3 p.m. They will then compete in the Midland Softball Tournament on February 10 and 11.

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