The Rangers ended their inaugural season going three for four in back-to-back doubleheaders over the weekend.
KC defeated Bossier Parish Community College Saturday in both games, 6-1 and 4-3.
“We ended the season on a grateful and high note,” said head coach Leslie Messina. “There were great performances by the freshmen and we have a promising future.”
Saturday’s doubleheader included the “StrikeOut Cancer” fundraiser. The Rangers joined with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association to honor and raise money for the men and women who have fought and/or are still fighting the disease. KC players autographed and gave out pink softballs to fans in the pre-game ceremony.
“I want to thank the community for their support,” Messina said. “We raised nearly $1,500 and all the money will be donated to the American Cancer Society.”
BPCC came out ready to roll. The Cavaliers tacked on their first and only score of the game early in the top of the first inning. The Ranger defense kept BPCC on its toes until the bottom of the second, when KC fought back.
Jalla Johnson earned the first run for the Rangers. Johnson’s score was immediately accompanied by a repeat from Kathryn Lambert off a BPCC error when Kaitlyn Hipsher doubled to center field.
Hipsher followed suit and scored for a third time off teammate Laura Martinez’s RBI single in the bottom of the second.
KC never trailed after it picked up steam in the second inning. Tricia Hock, Holly Von Ehrenfried and Johnson combined for six hits and three RBIs. Pitcher Jessica Simon allowed one earned run, no walks, six hits and one strikeout in seven innings.
The Rangers ended the game with two runs in the fourth. Hipsher scored off a Hock double and Johnson singled to bring home Hock. KC defeated BPCC in winning fashion, 6-1.
Despite the Cavalier rally KC defeated BPCC 4-3.
The Rangers kept up steam from Saturday’s first match against BPCC and carried it over into the final game of the day.
Hock scored first for the Rangers after tagging up in the first inning, 1-0. KC held BPCC to no runs while they tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the second.
Johnson scored off of an Alex Aguilar double, followed by a Lambert run on the last play in the bottom of the second, 3-0.
It was not until the top of the fourth that BPCC scored their first two runs of the game making the score, 3-2. BPCC tied the score in the top of the fifth, 3-3.
Betsy Woodall was part of the problem for BPCC. She held BPCC hitless over three innings, walked two, struck out two and allowed no earned runs.
Von Ehrenfried walked to get on base in the sixth. She went from first to second on a groundout by Lambert, but it was Jessica Long who gave the Rangers the lead and win on a go-ahead run in the sixth inning, 4-3.
The Rangers fought hard and finished the Cavs, 4-3 in seven innings.
KC vs. NC
(11-1 L, 2-0 W)
The KC vs. Navarro doubleheader was postponed until Sunday, April 21. The Rangers went 1-1 on the day against the Navarro Bulldogs.
Navarro had four players who combined for 12 hits and five RBIs to help lead the Bulldogs to an 11-1 victory over the Rangers.
KC pushed across its only run of the day in the third inning on a passed ball. Hock went 2-3 at the plate but it was not enough. The Rangers fell 11-1.
The Rangers used the built-up aggression from the first game’s loss to rally back and defeat the Bulldogs, 2-0.
Kayla Calvert pitched seven strong innings for the Rangers holding Navarro scoreless.
Heather Bunn earned the only two runs for the Rangers. She singled in the first inning and homered in the third inning.