After seven months the KC softball team got to put their long awaited new field to use as the team hosted an opening day ceremony invitational Feb.3-4. The opening ceremony was kicked off by “first pitches” thrown by KC president Dr. Brenda Kays, KC Board of Trustees member Brian Nutt and state representative Jay Dean.
The opening ceremony was followed by the first game to be played on the Ballpark at KC Commons, where the Rangers defeated Crowder 11-2. This match up featured the first home run hit in the new park by Kilgore native Amber Williams.
KC put up a seven-run inning with the help of a triple by Jo Rivera, a double by Kaylie Bush, a double by Brianna Davis and a home run by Amber Williams.
Pitcher Katy Worrell acquired the win for the Rangers. Worrell She tossed five innings, allowing two runs, five hits, striking out three and walking one. The pitcher for Crowder, Lauren Nahnsen took the loss. She threw four and a third innings, allowed 11 runs and 16 hits.
The rangers had a total of 16 hits at the end of the first game they played on Ballpark at KC Commons, which included multiple hits from Hannah Carpenter, Manda Wilmoth, Brianna Davis, Kaitlyn Stebelton, Laci Hambalek and Rivera. These multiple hits allowed KC to claim the victory against crowder.
The rangers fell short the second game, as McLennan Community College defeated the Rangers 13-1.
Wednesday the Rangers played a double header against an unbeaten Weatherford.
Worrell, a freshman from Maud, struck out three, walked two and allowed two earned runs on four hits in a complete – game outing. Worrell’s record is now 4-2.
In the opener, Kilgore took a 2-0 lead in the second inning after Amber William’s delivered an RBI groundout, and Taylor Christopher singled to right on 2-2 pitch to plate Manda Wilmoth, who had singled earlier in the game. After a sacrifice fly by Kalina Sato in the top the third inning Weatherford made it a 2-1 contest. Kilgore responded with a three-run third coming off the bat of Briana Davis. Wilmoth finished with three singles in the game.
Weatherford (8-1) won the second game, 12-4, to salvage the split. Kilgore (6-6) with 12 hits, but 10 stranded runners.
Weatherford scored once in the first inning of the second game, and KC left the bases full. In the bottom of the frame the Coyotes sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six times, building a 7-0 lead. Leadoff hitter Samone Jennings hit a grand slam, and cleanup hitter Francine Garcia added a two-run hit for Weatherford.
KC put themselves on the board in the second inning on an RBI single by Carpenter. Maci Perrin’s two-run double highlighted a three-run frame for the visitors, putting KC in a 10-1 hole.
Weatherford scored two runs in the fifth to lead 12-1. KC scored three times in the bottom half to make the final 12-4. Kaitlyn Stebelton had a two-run single in the inning.