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MCC Notebook: Softball plans big move in standings

MCC Notebook: Softball plans big move in standings

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With its Wednesday sweep of Hill College, the McLennan Community College softball team earned its first winning record of the season.

And if you ask coach Manuel Ordones, the team is improving rapidly.

A few switches in the defensive lineup has the Highlassies vastly improved and with a solid rotation that has grown to three, MCC could be ready to make some noise in the Region V North tournament in a few weeks.

“Since the Temple games, we’re a different team,” Ordones said. “We have the best pitching staff in the league, I feel.”

First-game pitcher Kelly Smith hasn’t struggled with the move to junior college pitching, leading the league with a 1.70 ERA. Taylor Kelm (3.85 ERA) has been a steady No. 2, and has greatly helped her own cause at the plate with 14 RBIs.

Also returning to the circle Wednesday was Veronica Garza, who Ordones feels gives batters “a different look.”

But it hasn’t been all good news for MCC. The Highlassies lost do-it-all Victoria Alcozer before the Hill doubleheader. If she doesn’t return this year, the Highlassies would lose her .358 batting average, .457 slugging percentage and their best defensive player.

MCC faces Vernon College at Bosque River Ballpark this weekend.

Baseball hunting 4th

The baseball team moved closer to the playoffs with a Wednesday split with Grayson College.

The Highlanders sit just outside the tournament cutoff of fourth place. A weekend sweep could go a long way toward putting MCC in the postseason.

MCC gets Grayson at home Saturday before traveling to Weatherford on Wednesday to begin a big series with the Coyotes.

Finishing qualifying

The men’s golf team finishes its qualifying rounds for the NJCAA championships Monday and Tuesday.

The Highlanders travel to Dennis for the District II championships. Scores from that event will be averaged with the Texas championship earlier this month and the top four teams will advance to the national championships in Newton, Kan.


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