Softball splits

KEIRA PHIPPS
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KC vs. Trinity Valley

(8-7 W, 8-2 L)

The Rangers rallied to split the doubleheader, winning  8-7  and losing 8-2  to Trinity Valley Community College April 6, in Athens. KC is 2-0 in previous games against TVCC. In the first game KC proved to be too much for the Cards as they took the lead for good in the fifth inning after eight lead changes. An RBI single by Kaitlyn Hipsher brought home Kat Lambert and sealed TVCC’s fate.

The Cards shot out in the bottom of the first to an early 1-0 lead over the Rangers after an RBI single. The Rangers used this as fuel as they made a comeback with an RBI single by Laura Martinez, quickly followed by a single from Lambert in the bottom of the second making the score 2-1 in KC’s favor.

An RBI single by Martinez scored Lakin Kerby in the fifth. The Rangers laid it on thick as they matched their three-run second inning with three more runs in the fifth. TVCC answered scoring two runs in the fourth, but it was not enough as KC secured the lead in the fifth.

Sophomore pitcher Kara Sutton  got the win for KC as she pitched three  and one-third shutout innings for the Rangers. Sutton gave up two hits, struck out none and walked one. KC defeated the Cards in a close 8-7 match up.

In the second of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Rangers were unable to bounce back as they fell to the Cards 8-2.

KC jumped off to an early lead as it scored its only two runs of the game in the top of the first. Martinez was brought home off of a walk by Jalla Johnson that moved Molly Mackey to second and Tricia Hock to third.

The Rangers led until the bottom of the third when TVCC scored off a single to right field. The Cards got on a roll scoring seven runs in the bottom of the third. KC was unable to rally back as the Cards’ defense was too much.

TVCC scored once more in the top of the seventh to knock down the Rangers, 8-2.

KC vs. Bossier Parish

(13-8 W, 8-7 L)

March 27 saw a hitting clinic put on by both KC and Bossier Parish Community College as the teams split a doubleheader, winning 13-8 and losing 8-7.

In the first matchup, the two teams put up 32 hits, including eight extra base hits, and combined for 21 runs. The Rangers hit well against BPCC as seven batters combined for 19 hits, 12 RBI’s and 11 runs.

Kaitlyn Hipsher along with three other Rangers homered in the game: Heather Bunn in the second, Molly Mackey and Lakin Kerby both in the seventh.

BPCC took the lead early in the bottom of the first, 2-0. KC captured the lead after scoring six runs in the second on a home run by Bunn, an RBI single by Tricia Hock and a fielder’s choice by Laura Martinez.

Jalla Johnson scored the first run of the fourth on a sacrifice fly ball followed by a two-run blast by Hipsher that brought home Kerby.

BPCC fought back with a little offense of its own but was quickly halted by Kara Sutton who forced a BPCC groundout.

Mackey cued four Ranger runs in the seventh to defeat BPCC, 13-8.

In the second of the two games, the Rangers fell short of a win in Bossier City. KC led a tough offensive game, but it was not enough to defeat BPCC.

Martinez led the Rangers as she got on base three times, with a single in the fourth and eighth innings. She also scored one run and one RBI.

The Rangers took an early lead when Johnson hit a single that brought home Hock. The Ranger single wasn’t enough as BPCC rallied back and scored on a two-run single of its own in the first. BPCC scored another two runs in the eighth to defeat the Rangers, 8-7.

KC vs. NTCC Rescheduled

The April 10 doubleheader against Northeast Texas Community College was postponed until April 11, due to bad weather conditions. Scores were not available by press deadline.

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