Softball team drops four, returns home

Photo by Michael Brown / The Flare Mariah Gougen makes contact during a recent game.
Photo by Michael Brown / The Flare
Mariah Gougen makes contact during a recent game.

The KC Ranger softball team lost four games last week, two against Paris Junior College and two against Bossier Parish Community College.

KC is 0-6 in conference play and has an overall record of 6-23.

KC faced Paris Junior College on Wednesday. They lost the first game, 13-3.

Pitchers Kari Courtney and Kayla Calvert combined for 11 hits, five strikeouts, 13 runs scored, and nine earned runs.

KC had eight hits as a team, but only managed to score three runs. Third baseman Keke Hunter had two hits and one RBI while Lexi Lopez and Mallory Ford each recorded one RBI.

KC was completely shut out in the second game against PJC, losing 4-0. Courtney pitched all six innings. She allowed four runs on nine hits with four earned runs, three walks and two strikeouts.

KC took on Bossier Parish Community College on Saturday. They lost the first game 7-6. KC had 12 hits in the game as a team, but only mustered six runs. They had three errors during the entire game. KC was up early on BPCC, 3-1, before they fell behind in the fourth inning with four runs scored.

Catcher Asia Marshall went 2-4 from the plate with one single and one home run that kept KC in the game during the seventh inning. Calvert pitched six innings, walked four batters, and struck out three.

KC lost the second matchup between BCPP, 10-6. KC had 11 hits as a team, but only scored six runs off those 11 hits.

Lopez went 2-4 from the plate with one single, one home run and a RBI in the same play during a three score, fourth inning for KC. She also scored a run herself.

Third baseman Lakin Kerby also hit a huge two-run homer in the first inning to give KC an early lead, scoring Sara Aguilar in the process.

Courtney pitched six innings and allowed six runs with one walk, two strikeouts, 11 hits and six earned runs.

Head Coach Leslie Messina is content that her team will get better.

“We’re not a consistent team right now. We have games where we’re good at offense, but bad at defense and pitching,” Messina said. “We have problems with doing all three phases of the game right. We have to be more consistent in all three phases of the game every time we play. Pitching, hitting and defense.”

Messina says the upcoming game Saturday against Northeast Texas Community College is a very important game to win, because it will keep their playoffs hopes alive. KC will be without starting pitcher Calvert due to illness. Her return to the field is doubtful at this time. However pitcher Laura Lewis has been released from her shoulder injury and she will slowly make her return back into the rotation. Courtney will be the starting pitcher for KC’s next game.

On April 5, KC will face Bossier Parish Community College at home, and that will be their first Strikeout Cancer Game. The Strikeout Cancer initiative unites the American Cancer Society and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association to help raise funds and awareness to fight cancer.

The team will be selling raffle tickets around campus for a chance to win a genuine pink Louisville Slugger softball bat.

The match against NTCC begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at Stream Flo-Field.