Wet Fields Move Aggie Games to Gruver

Submitted by Panhandle State Sports Information on 04/03/2017 The Aggies were able to get in a three-game Heartland Conference series with the help of Gruver High School, who offered use of their baseball and softball facilities. - Sarah Brady photoThe Aggies were able to get in a three-game Heartland Conference series with the help of Gruver High School, who offered use of their baseball and softball facilities. - Sarah Brady photo

Gruver, Texas—Two Heartland Conference series saw a change in venue last week, due to heavy rains soaking the fields at Panhandle State. Aggie softball was set to take on No. 3 St. Mary's Friday and Saturday, and the baseball team had a three-game series against Rogers State scheduled for those days as well. Both teams had to move their games up and to a different facility off campus.

Gruver High School's turf fields provided the perfect place, not too far from Goodwell. The teams each played a single game Thursday evening and got their doubleheaders in early Friday morning. Softball fell in all three outings, defeated by the Rattlers 13-4 in game one, 13-1 in game two and 21-0 in the series finale. The Aggie baseball team also took three losses, falling by scores of 10-4, 9-3 and 9-1 to the Hillcats.

Pitcher Julia Ibarra received the losses for games one and three, while freshman Emily Worley held the loss in game two. At the plate, seniors Madison Heathington, Sarah Gregori and Darcie Wilson accounted for all four of the Aggies' runs in game one. Heathington hit a sac-fly in the first inning, followed up by Gregori who drove one-run double in the second; Wilson knocked out a two-run homer in the fifth to bring the Aggies within one run of the Rattlers (5-4). The young hitters stepped up with strong at bats on Friday, getting the only hits for the team in games two and three. Freshmen Anjunessia Husband, Morgan Winburn, Karah Ortiz and Brissa Rivera each had singles with Rivera getting the only RBI of the day in game two. Brileigh Murphree, also a freshman, had hits in both games on Friday, with a double and one single. St. Marys scattered 45 hits over the three-game stint, totaling eight doubles, two triples and 12 home runs in the series.

For baseball, Panhandle States starting pitcher Josh Casillas put in a solid four innings of work in game one against Rogers State. After giving up three runs in the first inning, Casillas held the Hillcats to one run through the fourth, before letting four runs slip through in the top of the fifth. Casillas took the loss in game one with Samuel Beattie and Adrian Lopez taking the hits in games two and three, respectively. Juan Rubayo led off scoring for the Aggies in game one with a sac-fly in the second inning; outfielder Dehryen Noriega then tied things up at 4-4 in the fourth with a three-run homer to left field. In game two on Friday, Chase Graf hit a big double in the second inning to even the score at 1-1, and Quinn O'Neill and Joseph Cerda were patient at the plate, scoring one run each with walks. In game three, Brendan O'Flynn gave the Aggies an early 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first inning. For the series, Rogers State out-hit the Aggies 35-15 and took nine for extra bases with eight doubles and one homerun.

Panhandle State baseball now holds a 8-26 record on the season with a 1-8 standing within the conference; the Aggie softball team sits at 10-25 with a 0-9 Heartland record. Baseball will travel to take on Oklahoma Christian this weekend, starting with a doubleheader on Friday, April 7 at 4 p.m.; Saturday's single game is set for Noon. The Aggie softball team competes at Sterling College on Monday before returning home for a Heartland Conference series against Rogers State Friday and Saturday. The DH on Friday begins at 1 p.m. and game three on Saturday is set for a 12 p.m. start. Saturday's softball game will offer free live video streaming, provided by KKBS.com. Live stats will also be available. Panhandle State and Aggie Athletics would like to thank Gruver High School for use of their great facilities.


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