Sensational start spurs inaugural softball team

Kim Hill / THE FLARE Lady Ranger Softball pitcher Kari Courtney, Beckville freshman, throws a pitch in the weekend home scrimmage opener at Stream-Flo Field. The team travels to Denton this weekend to compete in the Texas Woman’s University Tournament in Denton.

ASHLEY MORALES
Staff Writer

The Lady Ranger softball team has yet to lose a game in its fall scrimmage season and hopes to keep it that way in the Texas Woman’s University Tournament against Ranger College, Weatherford College and Vernon College this weekend in Denton.

The fall season for the Lady Ranger softball team is a scrimmage season to test the players’ skills for the upcoming spring. Statistics during the fall will not affect the team’s conference record.

The fall competition includes 18-and-under fastball travel teams, four-year schools and junior colleges which KC will play in the spring.

Competing against teams categorized at different playing levels helps the team see kinks in their game they can improve.

“We have seen improvement every week and continue to see improvement,” head coach Leslie Messina said. “We are working hard, and we are seeing good things turn out.”

Messina was pleased with the outcome of the first weekend of games.

“We still have some things that we need to work on. We could have done a little better, but with practice and repetition we will get it done,” Messina said.

The team opened with a double-header Sept. 1 against the Dallas-Fort Worth Firecrackers and the Lady Texans.

“Our offense really exploded in the first half of the first two games. We need to work on a few things with our defense, but our communication was great,” Messina said. “We came from behind in the third game which is a really strong quality to have as a team.”

Messina’s players from Texarkana College received their conference rings during halftime of KC’s first home football game.

“There were a couple of players that didn’t get rings, and want their own ring, so they want to make sure that we work hard and are able to achieve a greater success this year,” Messina said.

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