The Chadron State College softball team won its first and last games last weekend to go 2-3 while opening its season at a classic hosted by Lubbock Christian in Texas.
With last year’s assistant coach Kaley Scearcy now at the helm, the Eagles scored 11 runs in the top of the sixth inning to defeat Texas Permian Basin 16-3 in their opening game and scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to edge Emporia State 5-4 in the finale on Sunday.
In between, CSC lost to Lubbock Christian 3-0, Midwestern State 6-5 and Permian Basin 4-1.
The Eagles scored their 16 runs on 16 hits in the season-opener, with nine of the hits coming in the top of the sixth to power the 11-run uprising. Freshman catcher Leilani Niccum hit two homers in the game, a two-run shot in the second inning to spark a three-run rally and a solo blast in the fourth. Sophomore shortstop Allie Mason also hit a two-run homer in the sixth to help drive the big rally.
Both Niccum and Mason had three hits and scored three times in the game. Niccum drove in four runs and Mason three.
Aspen Eubanks, the Eagles’ only senior this season, spurred the victory over Emporia. She belted a three-run homer over the left field fence in the first inning and singled to left in the bottom of the seventh to drive in the winning run.
Eubanks leads the team with eight hits in 15 at bats following the trip. Mason is six-for-16, junior Kayla Michel six-for-17 and Niccum four-for-13. Sophomore pitchers Megan Horn and Jessica Jarecki was each credited with a victory.
Beginning Thursday, the Eagles are slated to play five games in a tournament hosted by Dixie State at St. George, Utah. Their first home games are set for March 3-4. Because of snow and cold, before embarking on the trip to Texas, the Eagles had not practiced outside since last fall.