Yes, you can have two first pitches when you have two games starting at the same time and that’s exactly what we have with the Crossover.
Three days and 42 games of Lone Star Conference softball that includes the nation’s number one and three teams.
Angelo State is number one and Southeastern is number four. Those places might be reversed had the LadyStorm not lost a 6-5 decision to Angelo State in the first game of the St. Mary’s Classic on February 6.
Southeastern is 29-4 overall and 9-1 in the Lone Star North. Angelo State is 26-3 and 5-1 in the Lone Star South.
The Yardstick: Home — SE 15-1, ASU 10-1; Away — SE 7-2, ASU 7-1; Neutral — SE 7-1, ASU 9-1.
Just for kicks, you might want to mark 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 29, on your calendar. That’s when Southeastern and Angelo State meet in the final game of the Crossover.
THE LADYSTORM will play six games in the Crossover.
SE will open at 10:30 a.m. Friday against Abilene Christian and ends the first day against Texas Woman’s University at 2:30.
The Storm plays Texas A&M-Kingsville at 3 p.m. Saturday and Eastern New Mexico at 5 p.m.
Sunday’s action will have SE against Angelo State at 2:30, followed by Tarleton State at 4:30.
You might remember Tarleton State dished out two of SE’s four losses.
SE HAS seven games between now and the Crossover weekend.
The Henderson (Arkansas) State Festival comes up Friday and Saturday with games against Ouachita Baptist (Arkansas), Delta State (Mississippi), Oklahoma City University, and a pair against host Henderson.
Then it’s back home for a 2 p.m. Tuesday twinbill against Arkansas Tech.
EVER WONDER WHY SE’s Marge Johnson is always overlooked for national honors?
In her last eight appearancs, all against LSC-N opponents, Marge has pitched 30.1 innings, given up five hits, five runs (three earned), walked 26 and struck out a whopping 63.
She is 4-0 with four saves in that span. Her overall record is 11-0 with 183 strikeouts in 89.1 innings. She led the nation last season in strikeouts per seven innings. She’s doing it again.
The Lone Star has named Player and Pitcher of the Week six times this year. Marge has taken that honor four times.
Benita Sanchez and Erika Bernal have each been named Hitter of the Week.
FYI: Bailey Mathes was robbed of a hit Saturday at Cameron. The home statistician charged an error to his outstanding shortstop on a play most professionals couldn’t make.
Maybe the guy is unaware of the scoring rule that mentions “ordinary effort.”