The opening game of the 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Softball Championship did not go as planned for 10th-seeded Galveston College, as the Whitecaps fought hard but came up short against seventh-seeded Eastern Arizona College at the Canyons Softball Complex in St. George, Utah.

Opening strong, the 35-10 Whitecaps had an early one-run lead before the 53-10 Gila Monsters pulled ahead to earn a 5-1 come-from-behind victory.

Eastern Arizona’s Kendall Rauk allowed just one run on four hits on her way to recording a complete-game victory, while Sala Pedebone paced the Gila Monsters at the plate by going 1-for-2 with two runs driven home and a homer.

Kayla Shaw led the Whitecaps by going 2-for-3.

The Whitecaps will take on Central Alabama College today at 6 p.m. CST.   The game will  stream live on Galveston College’s Facebook page.

Game Recap
Eastern Arizona 5, Galveston 1 (May 16, 2018 at St. George, Utah)

Galveston (TX)…… 100 000 0 –  1  4  0      (35-10)
Eastern Arizona….. 010 310 X –  5  5  2      (53-10)

Galveston – Kriesel, Ashley; Kerr, Kayla and Allen, Caylei.
Eastern Arizona -Rauk, Kendall and Burnett, Kaila.

T-2:05  A-0

HR EASTERNA – Kotrys, Lena; Liilii, Vesi; Pedebone, Sala.

Weather: 79 degrees