Softball: Rangers have a tough time during pre-Spring Break stint

Photo by Michael Brown / THE FLARE Kayla Calvert pitches at the tournament on Feb. 28.
Photo by Michael Brown / THE FLARE
Kayla Calvert pitches at the tournament on Feb. 28.

The KC Rangers went 0-6 in their contests just before Spring Break. They played in the Region XIV Crossover from Feb. 28-March 1 that was held in Longview. They next played conference foe Northeast Texas Community College on March 7 and were defeated twice,  4-1 and 6-5. KC is 6-19 on the season and 0-2 in conference play.

KC played Angelina College to kick off the Crossover and lost 12-4. They started off the game strong but finished weak. They scored two runs in the first inning and two runs in the fifth inning. Second baseman Sara Aguilar was responsible for the runs in the first inning. She scored on a sacrifice fly that was hit by Lexi Lopez and she sent catcher Mariah Gougen home on a RBI triple. Third baseman Lakin Kerby had an RBI single, and Bianca Van Vlerah stole third base to score at home plate. Pitcher Kayla Calvert pitched four innings and allowed 11 runs with five walks with six strikeouts.

KC played Galveston College on March 1 the first game of  three that they would play and was defeated 4-2. It was a defensive battle the entire game. Aguilar recorded one single, while Mariah Gougen had an RBI single that brought two runners home for the only score of game for KC. Calvert pitched all eight innings and allowed only one earned run with eight hits, four walks, and she retired two batters.

KC then faced Alvin Community College in a high-powered offensive battle, but they lost 15-13. Both teams’ bats were hot, but KC’s bats ran out of gas at the wrong time. Everybody contributed in this game. KC mustered 13 hits, but as a team they needed some defense. Pitcher Kari Courtney pitched six innings and allowed 16 hits with four walks and four strikeouts. She allowed 15 runs and nine of them were earned.

KC played their final game of the crossover against Butler College and were shut out 8-0. Aguilar recorded the lone hit of the game for KC. Calvert pitched four innings and allowed seven runs with four walks and four strikeouts.

KC faced off against Northeast Texas Community College on March 7 and dropped both games.

KC faced off against conference foe Paris Junior College on Wednesday. They next travel to Bossier City to take on Bossier Parrish Community College. The game will be at 1 p.m. Saturday March 21 in Bossier City.