McLennan and Howard split today's softball doubleheader in Big Spring.
McLennan shutout Howard 6-0 in game one with Emily Klanika in the circle.
The Highlassies scored two runs in the first as Genisa Marrero-Carter singled and scored on Sophie Wideman's home run.
McLennan added a run in the third. Kaelin Morkisch and Marrero-Carter both singled and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Arianna Perales. Morkisch then scored on a ground out by Kaitlin Richards.
Two more Highlassie runs scored in the fourth. Olivia Lantigua, Emeri Eubanks and Lindy Alexander all singled to load the bases. Rebeca Fajardo followed with a fielder's choice to score Lantigua. Morkisch then reached first safely on an error, allowing Fajardo to score.
McLennan's final run came in the top of the seventh as Marrero-Carter singled and scored on a Howard error.
Howard defeated McLennan 10-7 in game two with Carla Torres taking the loss in the circle.
McLennan scored three runs in the top of the first. Morkisch drew a lead-off walk, stole second and scored on a single by Perales. Richards followed with a two-run homer.
The Hawks got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the first. Amanda Gonzalez led off with a home run, and Paige Hallam doubled. Hallam then advanced to third on a ground out by Angelina Garcia and scored on a sacrifice fly by Brooke Parker.
Howard took the lead with two runs in the third. Gonzalez singled and Hallam doubled. Gonzalez was thrown out at home trying to score on a fly ball. Parker followed with a two-run homer.
Five more Hawks scored in the bottom of the fifth. Garcia doubled and was replaced by pinch runner Anastasiia Makeshina. Parker followed with another two-run homer. Marissa Salinas walked and Bailey Martinez singled. Addison Lewis cleared the bases with a three-run homer.
McLennan's final four runs came in the top of the sixth. Wideman singled and Alexander drew a walk. Lantigua followed with a fielder's choice, putting Wideman out at third, and Fajardo walked to load the bases. Marrero-Carter flied out to score Alexander. Eubanks followed with a three-run home run.
Howard rounded out the scoring with a run in the bottom of the sixth. Garcia singled and Parker was hit by the pitch. Garcia was out at third on a fielder's choice by Alyssa Graft. Salinas then doubled to score Parker.
McLennan will host Kilgore for a 1 p.m. doubleheader Wednesday at Bosque River Ballpark.
McLennan 6, Howard 0
McLennan 201 200 1 – 6 9 0
Howard 000 000 0 – 0 6 2
Emily Klanika and Kaitlin Richards. Julia Grib and Addison Lewis. WP: Klanika; LP: Lewis. Leading hitters – McLennan: Genisa Marrero-Carter (3-4), Kaitlin Richards (0-4, RBI), Sophie Wideman (1-4, HR, 2 RBI), Lindy Alexander (2-2) and Rebeca Fajardo (0-3, RBI); Howard: Angelina Garcia (2-3). Record: McLennan 5-0.
Howard 10, McLennan 7
McLennan 300 004 0 – 7 7 1
Howard 202 051 x – 10 14 0
Carla Torres, Destiny Guerra (3) and Sophie Wideman. Marissa Salinas, Julia Grib (7) and Bailey Martinez. WP: Salinas; LP: Torres. Leading hitters – McLennan: Arianna Perales (2-4, RBI), Kaitlin Richards (2-4, HR, 2 RBI), Genisa Marrero-Carter (0-1, RBI) and Emeri Eubanks (1-1, HR, 3 RBI); Howard: Amanda Gonzalez (2-3, HR, RBI), Paige Hallam (2-4, 2 2B), Angelina Garcia (2-4, 2B), Brooke Parker (2-2, 2 HR, 5 RBI), Marissa Salinas (1-1, 2B, RBI), Bailey Martinez (2-4), Addison Lewis (1-3, HR, 3 RBI) and Madison Neff (2-3). Record: McLennan 5-1.