KEIRA PHIPPS & JORDAN MOSS
The KC Rangers (season 17-33, conference 6-12) will host Bossier Parish Community College (15-35, 2-16) in a doubleheader at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday. The doubleheader against BPCC is a fundraiser for StrikeOut Cancer, sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Pre-game ceremonies will include recognition of players’ family members and KC employees who have fought or are fighting cancer.
The Rangers will give away pink softballs autographed by this year’s team. Special T-shirts will also be sold at Saturday’s StrikeOut Cancer game. Shirts will be $15 ($2 more per size over a large).
Since the StikeOut Cancer initiative was started more than 10 years ago, NFCA membership teams have raised tens of thousands of dollars to support the fight against cancer.
The last time KC and BPCC met they split their doubleheader in a high-scoring manner, combining for 51 hits and 36 runs.
Friday’s doubleheader against Navarro College (25-16, 11-5) has been postponed to 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at Stream-Flo Field due to potential inclement weather.
Players to watch for KC are freshman Lakin Kerby, who is batting .432 with 21 RBIs in league play, and sophomore Heather Bunn who is batting .392 in league play, tied for the team lead in home runs with six and leads the team in RBIs with 34.
KC vs. NTCC
(3-1 L, 10-1 L)
The KC Rangers extended their losing streak to seven following 3-1 and 10-1 losses to Northeast Texas CC on Wednesday in Mount Pleasant.
In game one the Rangers only run came on a Tricia Hock RBI single in the third inning that scored Kat Lambert. KC held a 1-0 advantage until the bottom of the fourth when two costly errors helped Northeast Texas take a 2-1 lead.
Katie Tapley pitched a solid six two-third innings for Northeast Texas allowing only one run while striking out four, walking three and surrendering just three hits. KC’s Jessica Simon pitched a tough game as well allowing one earned run with two walks, four strikeouts and just three hits.
Northeast Texas tacked on one more run in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 3-1 lead when Jessica Miller homered to left field.
Game two saw an offensive explosion from Northeast Texas, pounding KC 10-1. A six- run second followed by a four run third proved to be too much for the Rangers to overcome.
Kelsey Moulder was the player of the night hitting a two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning and a solo shot in the third for Northeast Texas. Haley Manson allowed one run over five innings, striking out one, walking three and giving up three hits.
Tricia Hock had an RBI single in the top of the fifth scoring KC’s lone run.
The rule that if a team trails by eight or more after five innings was put into effect, putting the Rangers’ journey to a halt.
KC vs. PJC
(5-1 L, 8-7 L)
The Rangers went 0-2, losing 5-1 and 8-7 in the April 13 doubleheader against Paris Junior College. KC has been 1-1 in previous match ups against PJC.
KC fell behind early when PJC recorded the first score of the game in the bottom of the third off of a single followed by a double, leading the Rangers 1-0.
“They came out ready to score runs off of us,” said head coach Leslie Messina.
An RBI single in the fifth inning by Molly Mackey gave the Rangers their lone run of the game. Mackey went 2-4 and drove in one. She went on to double in the fourth inning and singled in the fifth.
“They were a scrappy bunch,” Messina said. “First game they came out hitting and we were very aggressive at the plate.”
The Dragons’ defense was too much for the Rangers, holding them to only one run. PJC tacked on four runs with a three-run home run and an RBI single in the fifth inning, ultimately sealing the deal. KC lost 5-1.
In game two, the Rangers fell short of a win by one run losing 8-7.
PJC took another early lead topping KC in the bottom of the second inning 3-0. An RBI double, two RBI singles and a score on an error helped the Dragons dig the Rangers into a hole.
“Early in the second game we had a couple of errors and they kept swinging and kept getting hits,” Messina said.
PJC scored two runs on a two-run home run on the fourth to help the Dragons increase their lead.
The Rangers did not take the Dragons’ offense lightly as KC scored three runs in the top of the seventh to cut the deficit to 8-7.
“We just came back just short of our comeback in the seventh inning,” Messina said.
An RBI triple by Jalla Johnson, an RBI double by Heather Bunn and an RBI single by Holly Von Ehrenfried, boosted the Rangers’ offense. But it was not enough to capture the win.