New Mexico Highlands’ softball team battled the elements as well as the Adams State Grizzlies this past weekend in Alamosa, Colo.
ASC won two of three games in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference series.
The teams were set to play a four-game series but due to weather conditions on April 2 the games were called. The Cowgirls continued the first game that had already started along with the regular scheduled doubleheader on April 3, playing only three games in the series.
The Grizzlies took the early lead when they scored a run in the second inning. The Cowgirls had a big fifth inning as they took the lead from the Grizzlies making the score 3-1. The Cowgirls were earning one base at a time by singles until Ashley Bryan got up to bat. Bryan hit a double to right center bringing in two runs. Unfortunately for the Cowgirls the Grizzlies answered back with three runs of their own in the same inning. Unable to score again, the Cowgirls lost the first game 4-3.
Ashley Paiz had the loss for NMHU on the mound as she pitched the entire six innings with four strikeouts.
Game two saw Tanya Groff on the mound for the Cowgirls. The Grizzlies took the early lead and did not look back. It took the Cowgirls four innings to score but by then it would prove to be too late as the Grizzlies led 5-1. Adams continued scoring but Highlands couldn’t manage to keep up. The Grizzlies again won 7-1. Groff absorbed the loss on the mound and matched Paiz with four strikeouts.
The final game for the Cowgirls would prove to be their best. The Cowgirls jump put up three runs in the first inning as the entire lineup saw time at the plate. They scored three more in the third inning as they capitalized on errors. The two strong innings would be all they needed for the victory. The Cowgirls won 6-1 with Melissa Martinez on the mound. Martinez (6-3) recorded 11 strikeouts.
Highlands hosts Mesa State College this weekend. The Cowgirls are 11-17 overall and 7-11 in RMAC play.