Former Lone Grove and current Angelo State (San Angelo, Texas) softball coach Travis Scott has his Rambelles off to an excellent start in 2011.


Former Lone Grove and current Angelo State (San Angelo, Texas) softball coach Travis Scott has his Rambelles off to an excellent start in 2011.

With the help of another south-central Oklahoman, Madill’s Mary Kate McKay, Angelo State is 15-0 and ranked third in the nation among Division II schools. Only a freshman, McKay leads the team with an 8-0 record in the circle and a 0.99 earned run average.

Scott says his team is playing as well as any he’s had at ASU. That’s saying something considering Scott and the Rambelles have qualified for the D-II national tournament in four of his seven seasons, winning the national championship in 2004.

A quarter of the way into season No. 8, Scott may have his best group yet.

“I knew we had a good team, but pitching was a big question mark,” Scott said Monday. “We’ve got a really good defensive team, but, honestly, our pitchers didn’t have a good fall.

“They’re learning what we’re trying to get them to do. They’re figuring out what works best at this level.”

McKay has been a quick study. The only Oklahoman on the Rambelles’ roster, the 19-year-old went from being Madill’s ace to ASU’s in almost no time.

The Rambelles are allowing 1.9 runs per game, in large part to McKay keeping hitters off balance.

“Really what we try to get her to do is change speeds,” Scott said. “She’s been a command pitcher. She’s not gonna blow anybody away, but she throws a good curve. a great change.

“She stays poised in the circle and goes about her business.”

ASU finished the 2010 season 50-10 and No. 3 in the nation. The Rambelles won the Lone Star Conference tournament title and lost out in the national semifinals, 3-2 to Valdosta State (Ga.). North Georgia and Valdosta are currently the only two teams ranked higher than ASU.

There’s still a long way to go until the national tournament, but 15-0 certainly can’t hurt the Rambelles’ confidence. According to Angelo State’s athletic department, it’s the second best start in school history (19-0 in 2003).

“It’s still February; the Lone Star Conference-South is very tough and has a lot of good softball teams,” Scott said. “But I feel like we have the capability to keep doing what we’re doing.”

Erik K. Horne
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