Softball squad 4-5 after split

The KC Rangers played in their annual Kilgore Softball Tournament this past weekend, and split four games. They lost two on Saturday and won two on Sunday. That puts them at a record of 4-5 so far for the spring season.

KC played Independence Community College on Saturday and lost a nail biter, 3-2. KC scored one time in the first inning and one time in the seventh inning, courtesy of third baseman Lakin Kerby. She had an RBI in the first inning that scored center fielder Jalla Johnson and a timely solo home run in the seventh inning to keep KC in striking distance. Kerby went 1-3 for the game. Pitcher Kayla Calvert pitched seven innings with eight strikeouts, no earned runs, allowing six hits, and only two walks.

KC dropped its next game, against the McLennan Community College High Lassies, 4-2. Both teams had a hard time scoring runs, as neither team scored until the fourth inning. Mallory Ford and Ali Harvey had an RBI each that scored Hannah Tome and Lexi Lopez. Pitcher Kari Courtney pitched seven innings. She gave up four walks and four hits and retired one batter.

KC continued play on Sunday with a double header against Cisco College. They picked up the victory in game one of the double header with a score of 5-4.

Lopez had an impressive stat line for the game. She had two RBIs off of two hits. She singled in the first inning and homered in the fifth inning. She was 2-4 from the plate for the game. Alex Aguilar, Ford, and Mariah Goguen all had one RBI each while Bianca Van Vlerah had one triple. Calvert pitched seven innings and allowed four runs off six hits with five walks and nine strikeouts.

Game two of the doubleheader was a success for the Rangers as they won 9-8. Both teams’ bats were hot, but KC’s bats stayed hot for the longest to outlast Cisco. KC scored six runs in the third inning to keep the game afloat and in their control. Johnson, Asia Marshall, and Harvey all had two RBI’s apiece. Johnson scored two runs while Marshall and Harvey scored one. Courtney pitched seven innings giving up eight runs on 15 hits with one walk and she retired four batters to get her first win of the weekend.

Head Coach Leslie Messina was happy with how her team bounced back from those two previous losses.

“Our pitchers gave us solid performances on Sunday, and our hitters bounced back from a rough day at the plate on Saturday. They were much improved on Sunday,” said Messina.

Messina wants her team to be solid on defense just as much as offense and even though they’re not where she wants them to be on defense, she sees the improvement.

“Defense is slowly making improvements. We didn’t have many errors at all this weekend and were getting better on the defensive side of the ball,” Messina said.

KC’s original game against Hill College on Wednesday was cancelled due to inclement weather conditions. The game will not be made up. KC will travel to Waco to play in the McLennan Community College Softball Tournament this Friday and Saturday. They will play Temple College at 11:30 a.m. Friday in Waco.