Photo by Steve Lemmons, Temple College Photo by Steve Lemmons, Temple College

By Tony Adams for Temple College

Temple College sports teams have a huge rivalry week this week, as the Leopards will take on McLennan Community College.

  • On Wednesday, TC Baseball will host the Highlanders in a battle of highly ranked teams in the NJCAA at the Danny Scott Athletics Complex. The pivotal NTJCAC doubleheader start times are 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • 5 TC Softball (32-4) will take on the Highlassies at Bosque River Ball, with game times starting at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
  • On Saturday, the Lady Leopards will host MCC Softball in a doubleheader. The game times are slated for 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Leopards Baseball will travel to Waco to take on MCC at Bosque River Ballpark. The doubleheader will be held at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Here is a look back at the action from last week in Temple College Athletics:

Lady Leopards basketball season ends in tournament loss to Odessa

The Temple College Lady Leopards basketball team traveled to Weatherford College on Wednesday to take on Odessa College in the quarterfinals of the Region V Postseason Tournament.

Temple grabbed an early lead, but the Wranglers stormed back to defeat the Leopards, 85-57.

The Leopards used an 8-2 burst from the tip off to grab early momentum.

With the score tied at 17-17 with 1:32 to go in the first period, the Wranglers put together a 9-0 run that bridged in the second quarter.

Temple chipped the margin to two points with 7:30 left in the first half, 26-24.

Odessa’s 19-4 run over the last 7:30 gave the Wranglers a 45-28 lead at halftime. They continued to lead at the end of the third period, 70-45.

The Wranglers shot 43.2% from the floor and 13-of-19 from the free-throw line. Ivana Krajina scored 24 points, and Sarengbe Sanogo and Juliet Escomchukwu each scored 12 points.

The Lady Leopards shot 41.8% from the field and 9-of-14 from the free-throw line.

Camille Pritchard led TC with 17 points. Evelyn Lorenzo added 15 points, and Wilashia Burleson registered a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

The Leopards finished the regular season with a 23-7 record.

Temple College Softball sweeps Hill College

Temple College Softball, ranked fifth in the National Junior College Athletic Association, took on Hill College in North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference play.

The Lady Leopards swept the series with the Rebels in a four-game set with a combined score of 47-5 over 20 innings.

Because of the expected rough weekend weather, the series was moved up to midweek.

On Tuesday, teams met in Hillsboro. TC won the doubleheader by scores of 12-1 and 16-4.

In the opener, Adelyn Becerra had three doubles and four runs batted in and Kennan Nunamaker added a two-run double and three RBI to pace the Lady Leopards’ 15-hit barrage. TC also collected eight walks and one batter was hit.

Haley Crawford and Hannah Calhoun combined on a three-hitter, walked three and struck out four.

Becerra’s performance in game two trumped game one, as she crushed two homers and collected five RBI. Lily Garcia added a homer and three runs batted in. Alyssa Budisalovich added three hits and two RBI.

Emily Delgado and Audrie Sayas combined on a four-hitter, walking one batter and striking out eight.

On Wednesday, the scene shifted to the Danny Scott Athletics Complex. TC’s pitching staff allowed just three hits over two games, which included a no-hitter by Crawford. The Lady Leopards won by scores of 10-0 and 9-0.

Garcia’s two-run homer in the first inning of game one set the tone for the day. TC scored five runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth to give Crawford plenty of support in the circle.

Crawford pitched five innings, struck out five, hit one batter and struck out two on the way to her national-best 17th win and improved her earned run average to 2.44.

Temple continued to post big innings in game two, as they scored four runs in the first and five runs in the third.

Delgado’s RBI single and Maveryck Lightfoot’s three-run double accounted for the runs in the first frame. Delgado’s solo homer started the third and Kendall Gross’ pinch-hit grand slam homer accounted for the next five runs.

Delgado, Calhoun and Sayas combined on a three-hitter and struck out five.

During the Lady Leopards’ current 10-game conference winning streak, TC has outscored their opponents, 107-16, with five shutouts.

TC Baseball extends shutout streak to four, Peters tosses no-hitter

Following a doubleheader sweep over Ranger, which concluded with NTJCAC Pitcher of the Week Davis Luikart throwing a no-hitter, TC Baseball took on Hill College.

The series started in Hillsboro on Wednesday.

The Leopards held Hill scoreless in 14 innings of play, as TC swept the doubleheader by scores of 2-0 and 8-0.

Mason Peters walked two and struck out 11 Rebels to log the no-hitter, which helped to give the Leopards back-to-back no-hitters for the first time this season.

Cole Tabor hit a solo homer and Andrew Ermis RBI single scored Trent Rucker to account for the TC runs in the first game.

Jake Weaver’s 4-for-5 performance with two doubles and three RBI paced the Leopards. TC’s patient plate approach led to 12 walks, with Brayden Simmons having walked four times, and Rucker and Ermis twice drawing bases on balls. Kolvin Davis also drove in two runs.

Cole Marthlijohni dealt a four-hit complete game, as he struck out seven and walked two.

The doubleheader in Temple was shifted from Saturday to Sunday.

Garrett Baumann scattered four hits and Ermis drove home four runs as the Leopards extended their shutout streak over Hill to three games, as the Temple shut out the Rebels in five innings, 10-0.

Baumann set the tone on the mound, having retired the first six batters.

Rucker’s RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the first set the table for a two-run, opposite-field homer by Ermis to give the Leopards a 3-0 lead.

TC put the game out of reach in the bottom of the third inning. Rucker singled in a run, and Ermis’ ground out plated another to extend the Leopards’ advantage to five. Mason Ashlock’s two-run, opposite-field homer gave TC a 7-0 lead.

The Leopards slammed the door on the game in the bottom of the fifth. Rucker’s RBI single and Ermis’ RBI double put TC on the brink of a run-rule victory. Ashlock’s sacrifice flyout to left field scored Rucker to end the game.

Ermis had two hits that led to his four runs batted in. Rucker went 3-for-3 with three RBI and Ashlock added three runs batted in.

Baumann struck out seven and walked one on his way to the win.

The teams were able to get one game in before rains rolled in and forced a shift in game two to Monday afternoon (March 18). The Leopards lost to Hill, 5-3.