Showdown at Cowtown

MILES MARABLE
Staff Writer

The KC Softball Team (3-12) will continue its non-conference schedule in the Cowtown Classic this weekend at Gateway Park in Fort Worth.

The women will then host a doubleheader with McLennan Community College scheduled for 1 and 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Stream-Flo Park in Kilgore.

The Rangers shook off a 1-3 record in the McLennan Community College Tournament and split Tuesday’s doubleheader against the University of Texas at Tyler Junior Varsity Patriots.

KC started the first game with a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Laura Martinez scored first off an RBI single by Kaitlyn Hipsher. A bases-loaded walk brought in Hipsher later in the inning.

The Patriots rallied back with a two-run first of its own. KC responded with another run in the second which the Patriots quickly matched in their side of the inning.

After a six-run third inning the Patriots had the game in hand going on to win, 11-3.

Game two saw Hipsher fall a triple shy of hitting  for the cycle, including a three-run homer in the second in the 8-6 KC victory. The Rangers had a pair of one-run innings, the first and fifth, but it was their three-run second and third innings that sealed the victory.

The Rangers held off a late push by UT-Tyler JV who trailed 8-6 following a two-run sixth inning. Kayla Calvert picked up the win for the Rangers with a performance that included four strikeouts.

KC’s doubleheader scheduled Wednesday against Grayson County College was canceled due to inclement weather. KC will begin its conference schedule March 14 against North Central Texas. College in Gainesville.