The Rangers were a hit at their inaugural softball season opener against the North Central Texas College Lions Monday.
The newly formed team split a doubleheader against NCTC at Stream-Flo Field.
Inclement weather last week postponed the inaugural ceremonies until Monday.
“Today represents the culmination of a dream that started a decade ago,” said Mike Jenkins, vice president of student development.
The inaugural ceremonies included a $25,000 donation by Mike Clements, active officer of Energy Weldfab, which manufactures oil and gas production equipment and fabricates custom vessels, piping and structural steel.
Clements said he and his family made the donations to help jump start the fundraising for the Rangers’ softball program. Clements encouraged others to help with the cause and also donate to KC softball program.
The Rangers jumped out to a 3-1 lead early in the first match-up, before NCTC pulled ahead with a fifth inning rally.
The Rangers fought back and pulled ahead 7-4.
The lead did not last, and the Lions clawed their way back to an 8-7 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning.
Two runs from KC in the bottom of the
seventh sealed the deal as the Rangers would win 9-8.
KC’s Tricia Hock, Heather Bunn and Lakin Kerby all drove in a run apiece, with Molly Mackey and Hock doubling for the Rangers. Alex Aguilar, Laura Martinez and Hock all collected two hits.
There would be no comeback in the second game of the doubleheader, though, as the Rangers fell 11-5.
NCTC utilized three huge innings to cripple the Rangers. KC scored a run in the first, second, fifth, sixth and seventh innings, but it wasn’t enough as the Lions scored three in the top of the first added by a five-run fourth, and another three in the top of the seventh.
Makey, Aguilar, Bunn and Hock all drove in a run; Hock and Bunn both doubled. Martinez finished with two hits.