Inaugural ceremony rescheduled

KEIRA PHIPPS
Staff Writer

Due to wet conditions  at Stream-Flo Field, Wednesday’s inaugural softball ceremony and game were postponed until 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, when the Rangers will face North Central Texas College.

This year KC introduces the college’s first softball team in school history.

The Rangers’ inaugural season opener was scheduled for a doubleheader against Grayson County College. Despite the cancellation, KC will play over the weekend and return home Monday for their first home game and festivities.

The inaugural ceremony will begin with the introduction of the team and remarks from KC President Bill Holda and Board of Trustees President Will Roberson, followed by Holda throwing out the first pitch.

“I’m sad that we didn’t get to play as scheduled,” said Jalla Johnson, Elkhart sophomore. “We were all excited and I know everyone was ready to come out and support us, but Monday it will be awesome and I know we’ll be ready to play.”

Rangers head coach Leslie Messina is the former head coach at Texarkana College (2005-2012). At TC Messina led her teams to five conference championships,  two regional championships and earned the school’s first two appearances at the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament. Since TC dropped all intercollegiate sports last year, KC will take TC’s place in the Region XIV North Division.

“We are so excited to begin a new tradition of athletic excellence with women’s softball,” said Jimmy Rieves, athletic director.

The Rangers travel to Galveston this weekend to participate in the Galveston College Tournament. KC will go head-to-head with Blinn College today at 9 a.m. followed by a 3 p.m. match-up versus Western Texas College.

Saturday the Rangers continue tournament play facing University of Houston Victoria at 9 a.m., followed by a 1 p.m. game versus Alvin College. KC will end the tournament batting up against San Jacinto College.

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