Softball: KC splits 4;hosts tourney Friday

Photo by Kristopher Dobbins / The Flare
Photo by Kristopher Dobbins / The Flare

The KC Rangers split their games in the KC Softball Tournament last weekend, splitting two of four. KC is 6-13 on the year with two games left before starting conference play.
KC played Highland Community College on Friday and lost 7-6. KC ahead for most of the game. They were leading 4-1 going into the sixth inning, until HCC’s bats caught fire, and they were able to sneak by KC in the end.
Third baseman Lakin Kerby went 2-4 from the plate, she had 2 RBI’s, one hit, and a home run in the fifth inning to keep extend KC’s lead. First baseman Lexi Lopez had one single off two RBI’s and catcher Mariah Goguen had two singles off two RBI’s. Pitcher Kayla Calvert pitched 6 2/3 innings with had four strikeouts allowed four hits and six walks.
On Saturday, KC battled with Grayson Community College and outlasted them 6-5. Kerby had a full stat line. She had two hits with another big home run, one triple three RBI’s and three runs scored. Center Fielder Jalla Johnson recorded two hits with one single, one double, one RBI and one run scored. Outfielder Mallory Ford had two singles, one double, and one RBI. Calvert pitched seven innings and allowed five runs off eight hits. She struck out three batters and she had three walks.
Later that day KC took on HCC again and were completely shut out. They lost 9-0 and nobody couldn’t get anything going at all. Kari Courtney pitched all six innings, and she allowed nine runs on two walks and three strikeouts.
KC played on Sunday against Eastern Oklahoma State College and they escaped with a 6-5 victory. KC scored three runs in the ninth to seal the deal for the victory.
Kerby had one RBI single and scored two runs for the game while Asia Marshall had one RBI double and Ford scored a run off of her. Calvert pitched all nine innings, allowed three runs off of nine hits with six walks and she retired eight batters in the process.
Head Coach Leslie Messina sees her team’s improving, and she wants them to keep it up.
“We took many steps forwards and a couple of steps back during this tournament, but in the end we came out ahead,’ said Messina.
“We had very few defensive errors so our defense has gotten better, but we need to be more consistent on offense and make adjustments at the plate sooner rather than later. If we do that we will be more effective. We got wins this weekend and it felt good to get wins. That’s what we play for.”
KC will host the Region XIV Crossover Tournament on Friday through Sunday in Longview at Lear Park.