Softball team gets conference win

Photo by KRISTOPHER DOBBINS / THE FLARE Second baseman Sara Aguilar takes the throw as a runner slides in during an earlier-season game.
Photo by KRISTOPHER DOBBINS / THE FLARE Second baseman Sara Aguilar takes the throw as a runner slides in during an earlier-season game.

The KC Ranger softball team split its games against conference foe Northeast Texas Community College this past weekend. They lost the first game 11-2, but won the second game 3-2 — earning their first conference win of the season and breaking a 10-game losing streak.

The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but it was postponed until Sunday due to weather conditions.

KC’s overall record is now 7-24, and their conference record is 1-5.

KC could not get anything going the first game against NTCC. KC was down 3-0 going into the bottom of the third inning. Lexi Lopez and third baseman Lakin Kerby both hit   home runs in the inning to keep KC in striking distance, but that was all the runs KC would get. NTCC scored a combined eight runs in the last two innings, sealing the deal for the game.

KC had six hits as a team and the defense only had one error. Pitcher Kari Courtney pitched five innings, allowing 11 hits, three walks, nine earned runs. She retired three batters.

In the second game, KC made sure that NTCC was not going to score many runs. The defense held them to just three runs and had no errors for the game. Lopez tied the game at one-apiece going into the second inning, thanks to her RBI single. The game was tied at two going into the last inning and KC’s defense stopped NTCC from putting any runs on the board. So it was all up to the offense to bring home the victory. Bianca Van Vlerah hit a triple late in the seventh inning to put herself in scoring position. Later, Kerby hit a RBI single that scored Van Vlerah and gave KC the victory.

Van Vlerah was on fire all day. She went 4-4 from the plate with three singles and a huge triple that set up Kerby’s game-winning hit.

Pitcher Lara Lewis got a win in her first start of the year since coming back from her shoulder injury. She pitched all seven innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits. She had one walk and one strikeout.

KC traveled to Athens to take on the Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals on April 3.

(Because of early press deadlines for the A-section, those game results will be in the April 25 edition.)