SAN ANGELO, Texas – From the one-hour, 52-minute lightning delay midway through the first inning to the very last at-bat, St. Mary’s regular-season finale was a wild one Wednesday.
Unfortunately for the Lady Rattlers, it was equally disappointing.
Despite a valiant effort that saw St. Mary’s lead Angelo State for much of the night, the Rambelles stole a 4-3 victory in dramatic fashion at the ASU Softball Complex.
Wiping away St. Mary’s one-run lead, Rambelles designated hitter DeeShanaLynn Tafiti smashed a two-run shot off the left-field foul pole in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The game was supposed to be the first of a doubleheader, but the lengthy delay forced the cancelation of Game 2.
St. Mary’s (33-17) took a 2-0 third-inning lead over Angelo State (35-8) in the third inning, only to see the Rambelles fight back to even the score in the fourth. But Lauren Miller (Sr., Baytown, Texas) drove in Shelly Lee (So., San Antonio) on a sacrifice fly in the fifth to regain the lead at 3-2.
First baseman Jared Gonzalez (So., San Antonio) led the Rattlers with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate that included two RBIs. Her two-RBI single up the middle gave St. Mary’s the early 2-0 lead.
Freshman ace Emily Brittain, a Corpus Christi, Texas native, struck out six in the loss.
St. Mary’s will move onto the Heartland Conference Tournament, which it will host from April 28-30 next week. As the top seed, the Lady Rattlers will play fourth-seeded Newman in Game 1. A full schedule with game times will soon be available.