The Galveston College Whitecaps remained busy last week with the softball team playing in a tournament in Longview, while the baseball team faced Blinn College at home and on the road.
The Galveston College Whitecaps went 4-0 at this past week’s tournament in Longview, posting wins over Paris Junior College, Bossier Parish Community College, Trinity Valley and Northeast Texas.
“We’re happy with the results,” said Galveston College head coach Ken Delcambre. “The team played pretty well. We hit the ball and scored runs when we needed too. We played very well, needless to say.”
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The Whitecaps scored five runs in the first innings to take control early in the game in their 12-4 win on Friday in the first game of the tournament.
Adriana Rincon and Kirsten Shaw each had three hits to lead the team. Galveston College had 14 hits total while Paris had four.
Paris managed to score four unanswered runs to narrow the deficit to one before Galveston College scored two in the top of the fourth inning before adding four in the fifth and one more insurance run in the sixth.
“I think in the first game, we did better than expected,” Delcambre said. “We made a couple of errors but we shook off the errors pretty well.”
Twice, the Whitecaps were able to erase a two-run deficit, coming back from 2-0 in the first inning and 3-1 in the fifth inning in their 13-9 win on Friday.
Galveston College scored five runs apiece in the eighth and ninth innings. Bossier Parish scored six runs in the last two innings combined but the Whitecaps were able to hang on.
Both teams finished with 10 hits each and Bossier Parish had five errors.
Galveston College put up 14 hits in the Whitecaps’ 8-7 win over the Trinity Valley Cardinals on Saturday.
After taking a 2-0 lead in the first four innings both teams exploded in the fifth.
Trinity Valley went up 4-2 in the top of the fifth inning before Galveston College responded with six runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. Trinity Valley used a three-run rally in the top of the seventh but it wasn’t enough.
The Galveston College Whitecaps finished off the tournament with an 8-2 win over Northeast Texas on Saturday.
The Whitecaps (10-5) will next face Lamar State Port Arthur in a doubleheader on Friday in Port Arthur.
Delcambre was proud of his team’s hitting in last week’s tournament.
“One thing that I saw that I liked was our hitting,” Delcambre said. “Our hitting has improved and it kept us in the games. One thing we need to work on is sharpening up our defense. We gave up a lot of runs and that’s one area that we’ll be working on this week.”
The Whitecaps had an up-and-down week, squeezing a victory against Blinn College in between two defeats.
The Whitecaps gave up a four-run lead in their 8-5 loss to the Blinn College Buccaneers on Thursday at home.
The Bucs took advantage of four Galveston College errors.
With Galveston College leading 4-0 in the top of the third inning, the Bucs scored three runs before adding four in the fourth frame to take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Blinn added an insurance run in the top of the eighth before Galveston College got one back in the ninth.
The Whitecaps responded with a 5-2 win over the Bucs on Saturday in Brenham in the first game of a doubleheader that day.
After both teams were held scoreless for the first three innings, Blinn jumped ahead 1-0 in the fourth inning before Galveston College took a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth.
Blinn tied the game up in the bottom half of the sixth before the Whitecaps scored three runs in the top of the seventh and the Bucs didn’t have a response.
In the second game, however, Blinn would come back from a two-run deficit in an 8-5 win to close out the series.
Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth, Blinn College slowly started chipping away, scoring one run in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings before exploding with four in the eighth to seal the deal.
Results from the Whitecaps’ doubleheader in Temple from Tuesday night were too late for results.
On Thursday, the Whitecaps will travel to Houston to face San Jacinto College. Both teams will meet again on Saturday in Galveston and the Whitecaps will end the week with a home game against South Suburban College on Sunday.