Town Crier Sports Staff
Karla Marroquin fired back to back no-hitters to lead Buffalo Island Central past Cross County on a cold and windy Thursday afternoon in 2A-3 high school softball action at Monette. The Lady Mustangs took the opener 1-0 and came back with a 3-0 whitewash in the nightcap to complete the doubleheader sweep.
Sammi Fowler's RBI single drove in Marroquin in the first inning and provided the freshman hurler all the run support she would need in the opener. Marroquin pitched five innings, striking out three while issuing three walks.
Marroquin struck out five and gave up three walks in the nightcap in pitching her second no-hit gem of the day.
"Karla threw strikes and that was the main thing," said BIC Coach Mark Hurst. "Defensively the girls behind her did a fine job. We have a really good team if we can throw strikes and do our job on the mound. Karla is just a ninth grader. She is going to be really good. She has really helped our team with her leadership and all the things she brings to our team. I thought she really played well today and pitched two good games. She also had a good day at the plate. She and Sammi Fowler have really been hitting the ball well lately. Our whole team is coming around at the plate. We are starting to come together as a team. We've been in a losing streak but we are starting to come out of it. We are young. In time, we should only get better."
BIC got the only run they would need in the second inning on an RBI single by Morgan Edwards to right field. Ashley Tate led off the inning, reaching first base on an error when Lady Thunderbird first baseman Samantha Stevenson booted Tate's grounder. Lauryn Smith followed with a base hit over the third base bag, advancing Tate to second with no outs. Edwards followed with her RBI single to put the Lady Mustangs up 1-0. Cross County pitcher Robbi Guzman got out of trouble by retiring the next three batters in order.
BIC added two insurance runs in the third inning on a two out triple by Tate, scoring Sammi Fowler, who had drawn a two-out walk. Tate hit a high fly ball to right center field that dropped between Cross County outfielders Kendra Sparano and Kari Beth Davis, allowing Fowler to score all the way from first base. Tate scored on a wild pitch by Guzman to make the score 3-0.
BIC opened the week on the road and dropped a 9-2 decision to Rivercrest Monday afternoon. The Lady Colts scored three runs in the first inning and added five more in the third to build an 8-0 lead. Rivercrest added a run in the fourth to go up 9-0.
BIC scored their only two runs of the game in the top of the seventh on RBI singles by Karla Marroquin and Sammi Fowler. Lauryn Smith also had a single in the inning and scored a run.
BIC will return to action when they travel to Bay Monday afternoon to take on the Lady Yellowjackets, who have their own freshman sensation pitcher, Lacy Staten. The Lady Mustangs will host Crowley's Ridge Academy in another 2A-3 conference game Tuesday afternoon at 4:30.