College Station softball coach Brandy Gibson put the chance to clinch the District 19-5A championship in her seniors’ hands.
The Lady Cougars defeated Rudder 15-0 in five innings on Senior Night on Tuesday at Lady Cougar Field, giving College Station (23-4-1, 12-1) the district’s No. 1 seed for the playoffs.
“It’s nice, and we have just been trying to take care of business one game at a time,” Gibson said. “We never try to look too far ahead, but it’s nice to start making some plans now. I feel that we need to stay consistent, that we are not up and down going into the playoffs.”
Gibson sat some of her starters, and the seniors who replaced them didn’t miss a beat in scoring in every inning, including nine in the third inning when the Lady Cougars sent 12 batters to the plate. Senior Molly Luedke had two singles in the big inning, driving in three runs on her birthday.
All six College Station seniors — Luedke, Kendall Tramel, Grace Davis, Cameron Winder, Joy Miles-West and Abigail Hartman — had at least one hit and together totaled nine hits, nine runs and eight RBIs.
“Our entire roster across the board is capable of getting the job done, so we started them, and they did a tremendous job,” Gibson said.
Center fielder Tramel and Hartman each had two hits, with Tramel scoring three runs and knocking in three while batting second.
College Station leadoff hitter Jess Carreon went 4 for 4 with four runs and two RBIs. Nicole Goggin went 2 for 2 with two runs and two RBIs.
College Station pitcher Hailey Hudson had trouble locating some of her pitches, walking five, but she made the pitches that counted, striking out eight over five innings.
“I thought she threw OK, but Rudder came out and swung the bat and picked the right pitch and it went,” Gibson said.
Despite the score, Rudder (6-23, 2-11) had its moments offensively but left eight runners on base in the opening three innings.
Rudder senior Alisha Wallace snagged a line drive at third base off the bat of Davis to end a threat then led off the top of the third with a double to the left-field fence. Alvalynn Wade singled two batters later, but Wallace had to stop at third then was forced out on a bases-loaded grounder back to the pitcher.
The Lady Rangers also left the bases loaded in the first inning when Hudson struck out three of the last four batters to escape the threat. Second baseman Carreon made a play up the middle to get a force out and end Rudder’s second-inning scoring chance. Rudder’s Madison Johnson also had a double to... Click here to read full article