Softball team shut out in McLennan tourney

The KC softball team traveled to Waco last weekend to play in the McLennan Community College Softball Tournament, and were defeated in all four games. That puts their season record at 4-9, but it is still early in the spring season.

KC played two games on Friday, facing Temple College first and lost 10-0. Temple’s bats were hot while KC’s were not, and it showed throughout the game.

KC’s batters struck out seven times during the game and only managed to get one hit in five innings.

Catcher Asia Marshall got the only hit of the game for KC, which was a single. Pitchers Kari Courtney and Kayla Calvert pitched 3.3 innings combined and allowed 10 runs off seven hits and walked nine batters.

KC faced MCC later that day, and the outcome was not any better, losing 12-0. Once again, they only managed to get one hit. The team had six total strikeouts and one fielding error.

Ali Harvey mustered the only hit of the game for KC, another single. Courtney and Calvert pitched three innings combined and allowed 12 runs off of 10 hits, with three walks and five strikeouts.

Head Coach Leslie Messina was not happy with how her team performed on Friday.

“We weren’t in control of ourselves. Our inability to throw and catch killed us all day long,” said Messina.

“We weren’t mentally ready to attack on offense and our inability to focus on the small things hurt us today.”

KC returned to the field on Saturday more on their game, but they still could not get the victory. They lost to MCC, 9-8. Both teams’ bats were hot all game long, but MCC had enough juice to beat KC in the end.

Third baseman Lakin Kerby went 3-4 from the plate with three hits, including a single, a double, and a home run. She recorded two RBIs in the process and scored three runs.

Sara Aguilar and Mallory Ford had two singles and two hits each. Courtney pitched six innings, allowing nine runs off eight hits with four walks. She retired two batters.

KC played Temple for the last game on Saturday, and they lost that game 9-8 as well.

First baseman Lexi Lopez did her part to keep KC in striking distance. She went 2-4 from the plate and recorded a single, three RBI’s and one homer. Marshall also had a home run and batted in two players in the process. Calvert pitched eight innings, allowing nine runs off of nine hits with six walks and five strikeouts.

Messina was pleased that her team improved from their poor performance on Friday. She believes that it was the Baylor softball game that she took her team to that inspired them to do better on Saturday.

“It was a great learning experience for them. They really looked on at the game and took in how they were playing,” Messina said. Baylor talked a lot in-between plays and my team really took heed to that, and they learned a lot about how communication and being a visual learner can help.

“Even though we didn’t get any wins this weekend the team learned a more valuable lesson in how they can improve and how the game is played on another level. We improved by watching them, and we will be a better team from it.”

KC will host the Ranger Softball Classic this weekend starting Friday and ending on Sunday. Their first game will be against Highland College at 2 p.m at Stream Flo-Field.