Five Rangers participating in All-Star tourney

Staff Writer

The rainy weather hasn’t put a damper on the KC Ranger Softball team.

The Rangers have five players participating in the West Region XIV East All-Star games that will be held this weekend at Abilene Christian University: Heather Bunn, Tricia Hock, Molly Mackey, Laura Martinez and Jessica Simon.

Women who made All-Region or All-Conference as a freshman are automatically selected for the team and if spots are left open, the coaches will nominate sophomores they feel are eligible for the positions left.

The women will experience teaming with other players in the region who are normally opponents, and will be batting against other conference teams.

“We have to give it our all and represent our schools,”  said Laura Martinez, Rosenberg sophomore.

This gives the women a chance not only to bond with regular opponents, but to become aware of their weaknesses. Spending two days and three games with the mix of players makes a lot of time available to notice what makes each individual click.

“We have to be smart about finding out their weaknesses and how much we make obvious,” Martinez said.

Since head coach Leslie Messina’s previous school, Texarkana College, won conference last year, Messina and assistant coach Marquita Adams will lead the Region XIV East Team.

“It’s going to be nice playing with all the best players in our conference on one team,” Messina said.

The first game will bat off today at ACU.

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