Softball wins first game of Region XIV tournament
05.07.2017 | By Amanda Fenwick
LUFKIN – The San Jacinto College softball team won its opening game of the Region XIV tournament 4-0 against host Angelina Saturday evening in Lufkin at the Roadrunner Complex on the Angelina College campus.
San Jac entered this weekend’s tournament as the No. 1 seed from the South and co-conference champions for the first time since 1999. With the win, San Jac moves to 38-19 on the year. Next up is Bossier Parish Community College Sunday at 5:30 p.m.
Sophomore ace Niki Gonzalez (Baytown / Sterling HS) tossed the shutout against the No. 4 seed from the East. The right-handed sophomore entered the game with a 1.45 ERA and a 28-4 record. She frustrated the Angelina College lineup all game long, striking out 11 while going the distance in the circle. The Lady ‘Runners managed five hits and put runners in scoring position in three different innings. Each time, Gonzalez worked her way out of trouble without allowing a run.
Angelina College pitcher Jordan Kisselburg gave up six hits to San Jac – all singles, and three of those hits – and San Jac found ways to maximize their opportunities. San Jac’s Missy Hernandez (Pasadena / Memorial HS) drew a walk in the first inning and came around to score on a single from freshman Riley Bullen (League City / Clear Creek HS). In the fourth inning, Bullen and sophomore Taylor Office (Seabrook / Clear Falls HS) drew back-to-back walks, and freshman Taylor McHenry (Deer Park / Deer Park HS) drove home a run with a single. Another infield single from sophomore Shelbie Doherty (Santa Fe / Santa Fe HS) loaded the bases, and sophomore Katlin Kerl (Silsbee / Silsbee HS) earned a RBI with a walk. McHenry drove in San Jac’s final run with a fielder’s choice in the fifth inning.
Gonzalez then struck out the side in Angelina College’s halves of the sixth and seventh innings to cap the win.
The 2017 Region XIV Softball Tournament runs through Tuesday, May 9. The tournament winner and runner-up earn automatic bids to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) softball national tournament May 17-20, 2017, in St. George, Utah.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.