Softball: Lady Leopards sweep Weatherford

Fast starts helped Temple College win its seventh and eighth consecutive Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference games with a doubleheader sweep of Weatherford on Sunday at Danny Scott Sports Complex.

A 2-0 lead after three innings was enough to carry the Lady Leopards to a 3-1 victory in the first game before a three-run first inning helped them win the second game 6-3.

“We’ve got to put ourselves back in a better spot,” TC coach Kristen Zaleski said about continuing the win streak. “Yes, we’ve won eight in a row, but we started out with a 0-2 day. We’re gaining ground and we have to make sure we put ourselves in a better spot for round two.”

TC pitcher Stephanie Flores (17-1) shut down the Lady Coyotes (15-12, 5-5 NTJCAC) in the first contest, striking out seven and limiting them to one run on one hit and two walks.

Shelbi Swenson went 2-for-3 and scored a run while Torie DeLeon stole two bases for the Lady Leopards (24-5, 8-2).

TC jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of the second game and survived a two-run second inning by the Lady Coyotes to complete the sweep.

Paige Williams got the win in relief as she struck out six and gave up one run in four innings of work.

Melissa Herrera went 3-for-4 with two runs and two stolen bases, Abbey Schade went 3-for-4 with a run and two stolen bases, and Swenson went 2-for-4 with a run, three RBI and two stolen bases.

Golf: UMHB women finish fourth

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. — Mary Hardin-Baylor fired another steady round with a 318 on the final day at the Jekyll Island Invitational on Sunday but dropped another spot in the team standings to finish in fourth.

The Lady Crusaders (322-315-318) finished 12 strokes behind team champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (327-314-302) and nine strokes behind Texas-Tyler (322-307-317), which took second. Rhodes (327-315-316) was third.

Carding a 72 on the final day helped UMHB’s McKenzie Ralston (82-75-72) storm up the individual standings to second place, finishing six strokes behind Texas-Tyler’s Laura Lindsey (79-68-76). Ralston entered the day in 10th.

Taylor O’Rear (81-78-82) tied for 18th while Elizabeth Davis (79-83-84), Kelly Gonyea (80-81-85) and Victoria Thane (93-81-80) completed the Lady Crusaders’ card.

UMHB returns to action March 31-April 1 at the LeTourneau University Invitational in Longview.

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