Rangers hit tough patch in April games

Photo by Kristopher Dobbins / The Flare Bianca Bianca Van Vlerah swings during a game earlier this season.
Photo by Kristopher Dobbins / The Flare
Bianca Bianca Van Vlerah swings during a game earlier this season.

The KC softball team has hit a dry spell during the month of April. With the season nearing a close, KC will not be participating in the Region XIV postseason tournament. They have lost seven of their last eight games this month. With only two more doubleheader games left in the season, KC’s playoffs hopes have vanished.

The team has a conference record of 2-14 and an overall record of 8-31 on the season.

KC opened up the month with a doubleheader game against conference foe Trinity Valley Community College. They lost the first contest 8-6. Both teams’ bats were hot, but TVCC was able to outlast KC for the victory. In the second game KC was shut out, 8-0.

KC faced off against Bossier Parrish Community College on April 5, which was the first American Cancer Society Strikeout game hosted by KC. They lost both games to Bossier Parrish, 10-5 and 10-6. The real story in that game was that KC was able to donate a total of $979 to the American Cancer Society. Paige Wood, a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, won the pink genuine Louisville Slugger bat that was raffled off as a gift by the KC softball team.

The inning sponsors donated $600 to the American Cancer Society, which totaled up to $979. The inning sponsors were: Trinity Mother Frances; Mark & Reinter Dickey; Classic Chevrolet at Sugarland; Jan & Craig Jaynes; Klassic Touch Salon; Jackie Ford A/C Heat; Steel & Pipe Supply. The KC softball team would like to thank all the sponsors for the donations and their participation in the cancer strikeout game.

On April 9, KC battled Navarro College, and they lost both games 3-0 and 11-2. It was once again a tough day offensively. It’s hard to win games when the team can’t put runs on the board.

On April 15, KC faced off against TVCC again, and they lost both games. In the first contest KC led TVCC 6-1 going into the sixth inning. TVCC scored seven runs in the last two innings to narrowly escape KC for the 8-6 victory.

Catcher Mariah Goguen recorded a home run in the first inning that sparked KC’s early run, and she brought in two runners in the process. Marsia Ledkins had two singles, while Bianca Van Vlerah, Lakin Kerby, and Lexi Lopez all had one single each. Center fielder Jalla Johnson had one double. Pitcher Lara Lewis pitched five innings with eight hits allowed with seven walks two strikeouts and six runs allowed. She was battling soreness in her pitching arm all game and was pulled early.

Head Coach Leslie Messina felt like her team did all they could do.

“We did great the first part of the game, but we became too content and lost control of the game,” said Messina.

KC was shut out the second game, 8-0, despite Lopez going 2-for-3 from the plate with a double. They got runners on base, but were unable to put runs on the board.

Messina knows her team missed the postseason, but her comments were positive and she is very excited for what is ahead in the future.

“I am disappointed because I know that we didn’t meet our goals that we set for the season, but overall my team fought hard all year. We had a lot of bad luck with injuries, and we were very inconsistent at times, but my team never gave up and we will continue to finish out the season on a strong note,” said Messina.

KC had a number of injuries to the pitching staff. Kari Courtney, the starting pitcher, is out for the remainder of the season due to a concussion.

Messina is excited about her team for next year, and she knows that they will be ready.

KC played Navarro College on April 23, and they will finish the season against Paris Junior College at home, which is Sophomore Day. That doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. on Friday at Stream Flo-Field.