No. 3 Rambelles outslug Zias

CMI correspndent: Joshua Lucero ENMU freshman pitcher Albie Medina rushes to home plate to tag Angelo State’s Elsamartina Apo attempting to score from third on a seventh-inning wild pitch during Saturday’s Lone Star Conference matchup at Zia Softball Field.

CNJ staff

PORTALES — Angelo State’s softball team isn’t used to getting roughed up the way it did on Saturday.

Fortunately for the third-ranked Rambelles, they have a high-powered offense which allowed it to survive a bit of a scare.

Designated player Carly Peters drove in four runs with a pair of homers and Angelo used two big innings to turn back Eastern New Mexico University 15-10 in the first game of a weather-delayed Lone Star Conference series at Zia Softball Field.

The teams will finish it off with a doubleheader today, set for a noon start.

Angelo State (19-3, 4-0 LSC) has won 19 of its last 20 games, including eight in a row, since an 0-2 start.

The Rambelles’ staff earned run average this season is well under 4.00 and they’ve held 14 opponents to three runs or less, but the Zias broke loose in this one for 10 hits.

Peters capped a five-run first with a three-run homer to center. ENMU (6-14, 1-3) trailed 7-1 before diminutive slap hitter Melanie Alderette, batting with the outfield pulled in just short of the infield dirt, foiled the strategy with a line drive to the left-center field gap that went for a two-run, inside-the-park homer.

That kickstarted a seven-run third which also included a two-run double by freshman Katie Ramsay and a go-ahead infield RBI single by second baseman Lizzy Vasquez, putting the Zias up 8-7.

Angelo regained the lead in the fourth on a two-run single to center by second baseman DeeshanaLynn Tafiti. The Zias tied it 9-9 on designated player Amanda Lale’s two-out RBI hit in the bottom of the inning, but Peters led off the fifth with her second home run and ASU went on to plate five more in the frame.

ENMU freshman catcher Aurelia Sandoval, who earlier this season hit grand slams in both ends of a doubleheader, belted a leadoff homer in the sixth to conclude the scoring.

Tafiti also drove in four runs with a pair of two-run singles, while Elsamartina Apo went 4-for-5 as the Rambelles collected 15 hits. Peters, who has four homers for the season, finished the game 3-for-4.

Sandoval, Ramsay and Lale all had two hits for the Zias.