Lady Tigers fall short to Bellville
Unfortunately, they had this first inning albatross hanging around their necks.
Surrendering four runs in a nightmarish first inning, Rockdale regained its composure but could not overcome, falling to Bellville 5-3 Friday night at Cubette Field in a one-game, Region III bi-district affair.
The Lady Tigers were knocked out of the first round for the third consecutive time and finish the season at 11-9.
Bellville (19-11) moves on to face No. 4 Bridge City (13-5) in the area round.
Despite the early woes, Rockdale gave itself a chance to win the game
In an honest- to- goodness pitching dual, both teams combined for just seven hits (four singles) and struck out a combined 16 times.
The L ady T iger s rec eived another sparkling effort from their sophomore pitcher Kayleigh Montelongo, who allowed just three hits and fanned eight Bellville batters.
After allowing a first inning triple, Montelongo (11-8) surrendered just a pair of singles in the fifth inning.
She kept the Brahmaettes off the basepaths in the late going and gave her team a chance to take the game, retiring 18 of the last 20 batters, including the final eight in a row.
One in particular was opposing pitcher Chesney Storrs, who was also Bellville’s leading hitter and was 0-for-2 without an RBI.
The right handed Storrs matched Montelongo with eight strike outs of her own and had to weather four Bellville errors.
Senior Krista Phillips made the most out of her last appearance for the Lady Tigers and almost single-handidly brought Rockdale back, accounting for two of their three hits with a two-run triple and a double in their last at-bat.
Victoria Drake and Amanda Boyd had the other Lady Tiger hits, both singles.
Bellville used a wild pitch, a sacrifice, an error, two walks and a triple from freshman Megan Holle to put up four runs in the top of the first.
A pair of singles pushed the Lady Brahamas ahead 5-0 in the top of the fifth before Rockdale went to work.
After leaving the bases loaded in the third, freshman left fielder Amanda Boyd opened the bottom of the inning by ripping a single to center.
Victoria Drake then reached base on a sacrifice bunt, but was called out after the home plate umpire said she was out of the batter’s box when she made contact with the ball.
Marissa Mireles then reached on an error and Phillips cleared the bases after slicing a triple to left field to close the gap to 5-2.
Mac Tater then reached on Bellville’s second error of the inning and scored on a wild pitch to slice the lead to 5-3.
After Montelongo retired the side in order, Phillips clubbed a double in the bottom of the seventh, but was left stranded after Tater’s ground out to end the game.
The Lady Tigers lose five seniors off this year’s squad in Phillips, Tater, Britta Byrd, Hailey Offield and Rebecca Lee.
Not to mention Megan Hearn, who was lost to Rockdale early in the season with a knee injury and was the leading hitter returning.
They do return five starters, including seven sophomores and freshmen who have experience.
FINAL LADY TIGER STATISTICS
Hitting (at bats-hits-avg)—Young
15-32 .468; Deary 15-31 .484;
Fischer 4-9 .444, Mireles, 23-55
.418; Phillips 13-33 .393; Drake
20-53 .377; Montelongo 17-49
.346; Offield 17-49 .346; Boyd
16-47 .340; Tater 13-42 .309; Pannell 10-31 .323; Byrd 10-35 .285;
Wages 4-18 .222; Lee 0-4 .000;
Wallis 0-2 .000.
Runs—Mireles 18, Boyd 13.
2B—Mireles 9, Montelongo 7.
3B— Offield 2, Mireles 1, Drake 1.
HR—Montelongo 2, Young 1.
RBI—Montelongo 16, Boyd 14.
SB—Drake 11, Mireles 7.
Pitching—Montelongo 11-8 5.30;