Wet field conditions damper Rangers’ doubleheader

Kris Dobbins / THE FLARE || Kaityln Hipsher fires a pitch during the soggy conditions of a doubleheader against Hill College. The Rangers lost both games at Lear Park Athletic Complex in Longview. Rainy conditions forced the relocation from KC’s home at Stream-Flo Field.
Kris Dobbins / THE FLARE || Kaityln Hipsher fires a pitch during the soggy conditions of a doubleheader against Hill College. The Rangers lost both games at Lear Park Athletic Complex in Longview. Rainy conditions forced the relocation from KC’s home at Stream-Flo Field.

MILES MARABLE
Staff Writer

The KC women’s softball team lost both games of a doubleheader Monday against Hill College. Due to wet field conditions at Kilgore’s Stream-Flo Field, the games were held at Lear Park Athletic Complex in Longview.

After being shut out in the last two games, KC scored early, going up 2-0 in the bottom of the 1st inning. Hill College then took the lead 3-2 in the 4th inning before KC tied the game, 3-3, with a single by freshman Alex Aguilar.

In the bottom of the 5th inning, a double by sophomore Heather Bunn gave KC the lead again. Things were looking good until Hill College freshman Aizia Azarcon hit a home run to tie the game at  4-4, sending the game into extra innings.

Hill College pulled away, scoring three runs in the top of the 8th inning.

KC couldn’t get anything going in the extra inning with no runs or hits, losing the first game, 7-4. In the losing effort Aguilar batted three-for-four with three singles and two runs scored.

In the second game, Hill College’s Azarcon struck again with her second home run of the day to put Hill College up 3-0 in the top of the 3rd inning. The Rangers found themselves down 7-0 in the top of the 6th inning until sophomore Molly Mackey hit a three-run homer to pull within four. However, it was too little, too late, and KC lost, 7-3.

KC’s record drops to 2-9 in its inaugural season. The Rangers hope to end their five-game losing streak when they continue their non-conference schedule in the McLennan Community College Tournament in Waco this weekend.

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