Islanders Softball team takes on two back-to-back wins against Tarleton


Arianna Aloia

TAMU-CC softball team gathering for a quick meeting.

Gabriella Ruiz, Sports Editor

On March 24, the Islanders Softball team took two wins against Tarleton State at the Chapman Field here at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. During these doubleheaders, the Islanders managed to win a shutout with scores of 4-0 and 5-0 against Tarleton.

Game one for the Islanders allowed them to score two runs at the bottom of the third inning with one left on base. The fifth inning allowed them to score two more runs by freshman Haley Morse and sophomore Ashleigh Sgambelluri.

In the bottom of the first inning for the second game, the Islanders managed to get a run in by freshman Alie Alcantar as her teammates brought her home with hits to advance. The second inning allowed sophomore Mackenzie Purcell and senior Skye Koehl to bring two runs in. The bottom of the fourth inning allowed sophomore Sammi Thomas and Haley Morse to get the last two runs of the game.

The Islanders are now 14-11 for the season as they went a total of seven innings for both games that day.

Head Softball Coach Kristen Zaleski is going on her second year of being the head coach for the Islanders and mentioned how COVID-19 has made it difficult to get used to the idea of the protocols being set by the university. Zaleski continued to say how they had to make numerous adjustments due to all the constant changes happening.

“I think the team is doing a great job adjusting and pushing through,” said Zaleski, “We stress the importance of not being dumb and to make good decisions and what’s on the line compared to something they may be doing. From what I could tell they have done pretty good without having to have added enforcement. It was good to get a win and another shutout win. It’s tough to do that and I feel like we’re headed in the right direction.”

Ashleigh Sgambelluri plays shortstop for the team and mentioned how this season has been fun and interesting for her with COVID-19 being an issue since it limits who they can be around. “I think we played decent,” said Sgambelluri, “I think we played better but I think that if we just keep working together that we could keep winning the way we are. In this next game I hope to see us keep working together.”

For more information on upcoming games for the Islanders Softball team visit their social media accounts for updates.

Sophomore Sammi Thomas making solid contact with the ball. (Arianna Aloia)