LUFKIN — The Galveston College softball team’s season is still alive after splitting its first two games at the Region IX Tournament at Angelina College.
The Whitecaps entered postseason play ranked No. 8 in the NCJAA national poll but were tripped up Thursday in the first day of the double-elimination tournament in a 3-2 loss to Northeast Texas Community College.
Galveston went ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning thanks to back-to-back RBIs from Taylor O’Dell and Marina Rios.
But the Whitecaps couldn’t hold on to the lead as Northeast Texas plated three runs in the top of the sixth then retired the next six Galveston batters in order to close out victory.
Galveston managed only four hits in the loss, two by Rios and one each from Savannah Martin and Cally Newsome.
Facing elimination Friday, the Whitecaps’ bats came alive, scoring four runs in the second inning and pounding a total of 10 hits in a 5-1 win over Paris Junior College.
Galveston got RBIs from Taylor Valentin, Dannielle Calk, Martin and O’Dell in the second to take a commanding lead.
The squad built on it’s advantage in the fourth when O’Dell plated another run on a sacrifice fly.
Paris scored it’s lone run on a double in the sixth.
Brooke Seneshen earned the complete-game win, allowing one earned run on four hits with seven strikeouts.
Galveston continues play at the Region IX Tournament at 10 a.m. today with an elimination game against Navarro College.
Baseball team to remember the spirit of 1994
In honor of 20 years passing since the 1994 Galveston College Whitecaps baseball team won the NCJAA national championship, the Galveston Chamber of Commerce has declared today’s 1 p.m. final home game of the season to be the “Galveston Chamber of Commerce Game.”
It is the chamber’s hope that the game will rekindle the community spirit displayed during the 1994 team’s championship run.
Attendees are encouraged to wear a Galveston College item to show their support for the team.
Today’s festivities also will include a 15-minute introduction of the team’s sophomores before the start of the game.