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College softball: BPCC splits with Navarro


Charlie Cavell, BPCC Athletic Coordinator

The Bossier Parish Community College Lady Cavaliers split a Region XIV doubleheader against Navarro College on Wednesday afternoon at BPCC.

BPCC won the first game 9-0 in five innings. Navarro won the second 5-4, ending the Lady Cavs’ 13-game winning streak.

BPCC is 20-7 overall. Navarro is 11-11. The games were the first in conference play for both teams.

In the first game, BPCC scored two runs in each of the first three innings then added three more in the fourth.

BPCC’s Mabry Smith allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out 10 to earn the win.

Rebecca Shepherd, who was named the Louisiana Sports Writer’s Association Hitter-of-the-Week on Tuesday, continued to swing a hot bat for the Lady Cavaliers.

Shepherd went 2-for-2 with a home run, a double, two RBIs, two runs scored and had two walks. It was her home run in the bottom of the first which put BPCC up 1-0. 

Shortstop Ruby Butler, a University of Maryland commit, also had a good day at the plate as she went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Outfielder Haily Ebey hit a leadoff home run in the fourth to put the Lady Cavaliers up 7-0. BPCC would go on to add two more runs in the inning. After giving up a leadoff single in the fifth, Smith retired the next three Bulldogs in a row to seal the win.

In the second game, Callie Waller’s pinch-hit RBI single in the top of the six inning scored Alanna Islas which gave Navarro College the win.

Islas led off the inning with a double, and after a Jada Woolley flyout, Waller delivered the game-winning RBI.

Prior to Waller’s heroics, all four of the Bulldogs’ runs came in the top of third inning. Navarro got two two-run home runs from Faith Fernandez and former Benton star Sarah Koeppen.

Koeppen went 3-for-6 with two RBI on the day.

After scoring a run in the bottom of the third, the Lady Cavaliers would tie the game in the fifth. Shepherd’s second home run of the afternoon scored Butler, who had reached on a fielder’s choice.

Two batters later, Ebey blasted a solo shot over the left field fence to tie the game.

NC’s Lori Reue got the win in relief of start Brooklyn Smacker, who exited after giving up the two BPCC home runs in the fifth. 

Reue did not allow a hit and walked just one while striking out the final two batters of the game to preserve the win for the Bulldogs.

BPCC’s Primrose Aholelei, who came on in relief of starter Kiana Pogroszewski, absorbed the loss. Aholelei scattered five hits over four and two-thirds innings, while walking one and striking out three.

The Lady Cavaliers return to action Saturday when they travel to Tyler, Texas, to take on the No. 5 Tyler Junior College Apaches.

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