Weather-beaten TexAnns back to work

Phil Riddle phil.riddle@empiretribune.com Twitter @ETSports
Tarleton's Delaney Wayland skids safely into second during an early-season home matchup against Southwestern Oklahoma State. Delaney and the TexAnns travel to Laredo for a Wednesday softball double-header against Texas A&M International.

Reading meteorological maps has taken on almost as much importance to the the Tarleton State softball coaching staff as scouting the opposition.

Icy and rainy conditions in the first weekend of the month cost the cancellation of four games in Canyon against West Texas A&M and snow and rain eliminated the final two games in last weekend’s set against St. Mary’s in Denton.

Tarleton fell in Saturday's opener to the Pioneers 11-7, then lost the second game 10-2 before the weather claimed the final two games.

The TexAnns get the chance to get back on the diamond Wednesday in Laredo for a double-header against Texas A&M International.

And the weather forecast is for a high in the lower 70s, mostly cloudy conditions, but just a 20 percent chance of rain.

Tarleton, is 9-11 overall and hopes to break out of an 8-game skid since opening the season at 9-3.

The TexAnns offense is led by Katelynn Conlee, who is hitting .382 with an on-base percentage of .443. Conlee, who has driven in 20 runs this season, has accounted for 26 hits in TSU’s 20 games, including six doubles and two homers.

Another of the TexAnns offensive leaders is outfielder Melody Mayse, who has slammed a team-high five triples and has driven in 16 runs whie hitting .324.

Tarleton has faced the Dustdevils once this season, falling 3-0 in the late-February St. Mary’s tournament.

Texas A&M International brings a 12-12 overall record into Wednesday’s meeting and has won five of their last six outings.

The TexAnns return home this weekend for a Saturday double-header against the University of Texas/Permian Basin. Their next Lone Star Conference action is set for March 20 at home against Midwestern State.