The Texas Wesleyan softball team played in the St. Gregory University Tournament Feb. 24-25 playing four games during finishing with scores of 4-1, 9-5, 3-2 and 6-1.
Raven Moreno, junior second baseman, said the team had a few ups and downs.
“We worked hard but didn’t pull through with a win; however, they were all really good teams,” Moreno said. “I think it got us ready for conference games.”
The Lady Rams started Feb. 24 against Oklahoma Wesleyan University. The Eagles got an early lead in the second inning scoring one run and a three-run homer in the third inning, putting the Lady Rams down 4-0. Makelle Akin, senior outfielder, put Wesleyan on the scoreboard in the seventh inning, but the Lady Rams ended the game with 4-1 loss.
The second game of the day was against Oklahoma Baptist University, and with a grand slam by the Bison, they got an early lead. But the Lady Rams did not give up. In the bottom of the third inning, the Lady Rams gained four runs tying the score 4-4.
Hopie Perez, senior shortstop, hit a single homer in the fifth inning to give Wesleyan another run, again tying the game 5-5. The game went into extra innings after being tied past the seventh, but the Bison pulled away with a 9-5 finish.
Lindsay Cline, sophomore third and first baseman, said although their record did not show this weekend, the lady Rams played some really strong teams and they fought really hard.
The Lady Rams played Feb. 25 against Oklahoma Christian University and played great defense until the Lady Eagles managed to get two runs in the fifth inning and another run in the sixth inning to get the lead 3-0. The Lady Rams continued to push with a two-run homer by senior pitcher Taylor Hodge, but it was not enough as the Lady Rams lost 3-2.
Moreno said some things could be improved.
“I think our mentality just needs to click with some people, and we really need to find our strongest line up,” she said.
The last game of the weekend was against St. Gregory University. The Lady Rams fell behind in the first three innings when the Lady Cavs put four runs on the scoreboard.
The Lady Rams fought back, but the Lady Cavs gained two more runs taking a 6-0 lead. In the seventh inning, Ashleigh Jiminez, senior second baseman, earned a run for Wesleyan, giving them a final score of 6-1.
Cline said she could not remember all the highlights and turning points in the game, but one stuck out to her.
“Hopies homerun against Oklahoma Christian, I think, was something that stuck out to me, but I can’t really think of any turning points,” Cline said.
Courtney Orebaugh, senior outfielder, said these tough teams will prepare Wesleyan for conference.
“I think we definitely have some stronger teams in the conference and some weaker ones but nothing we can’t handle,” Orebaugh said. “I believe we are one of the strongest in our conference, and we will go far this year.”
The Lady Rams will play again at noon Feb. 29 against Texas College in Tyler, Texas.