Lamar State College Port Arthur took a 4-2 road win over Laredo College in the first game of their NJCAA Region 14 doubleheader on Friday afternoon.
Though LSCPA has more than proven its ability to go big at the plate, especially in the first game of this season's doubleheaders, Friday's Game 1 turned out to be a defensive battle.
Both teams picked up a run in the second inning with the Seahawks opening up the frame with three straight walks – to Olivia Rivera, Jessica Saenz, and Elicia Gonzales. Freshman Makasha Brown took advantage of the bases-loaded opportunity, slapping a single to left to put LSCPA on the board.
A two-out single by Laredo College in the bottom half of the second tied the game at a run apiece, and that's where the scoreboard would stand until the fifth inning. That's when freshman Brooke Smith launched a home run ball over the center field wall for a two-run plate appearance, pushing home Vanessa Espitia who had reached earlier on a lead-off double.
It was a Seahawks fielding error in the bottom of the sixth inning that would allow Laredo to crawl back to within a run at 3-2.
The Seahawks' insurance run came in the seventh after Smith doubled, followed by a line drive single by sophomore Taylor Frederick for the 4-2 advantage.
Frederick finished 3 for 4 at the plate with a run batted in, while Smith was 2 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
Britni Hunt worked the circle for the Seahawks, throwing a complete-game, five-hit performance, allowing two runs, but none earned, with four strikeouts and four walks.