Hitting, pitching spur 2 wins

Devin Brooks
Staff Writer

The Ranger softball team once again took two-out-of-three games when it hosted the Ranger Invitational at Stream- Flo Field last Saturday.

They dropped the first game, 8-7, against the East Texas Trouble. KC was down 4-0 early in the third inning but tied it at 4-apiece at the end of three. East Texas Trouble would take the lead the rest of the way.

Rangers third baseman Lakin Kerby was two-for-two with a home run and drove in two runs in the process.

Outfielder Jalla Johnson and Marisa Ledkins had one RBI each.

KC defeated Anderson Express 11-0 in the second game for its first shutout of the fall season. Third baseman Kerby stayed hot as she homered and drove in a run. Catcher Mariah Goguen was solid from the plate, going 2-3 with 2 RBIs.

Outfielder Mallory Ford recorded an RBI single for the game, while pitcher Kayla Calvert also recorded an RBI single. Calvert also pitched a shutout. She allowed no runs on three hits in five innings on the mound. She also retired seven batters in the process.

KC’s last game of the day came against USA Select, and the Rangers defeated them 8-2.

Once again Kerby was hot, recording three RBI’s and another home run. Kerby homered in all of the games she played in.

First baseman Abshire and Bianca Van Vlerah both had RBI singles. Pitcher Kara Courtney only allowed two runs in five innings with three strikeouts and one walk.

Coach Leslie Messina was pleased with her team’s play last weekend.

“The first weekend was about adjusting to playing together and playing college softball,” she said. “We made more mistakes than I would have liked, but we also did some good things. We made improvements this weekend. We had some good pitching and great hitting performances today.”

This weekend third baseman Kerby and pitcher Calvert are participating in the Texas JUCO All- Star weekend at Abilene Christian University.

The Rangers played Texas Wesleyan University Thursday  in Fort Worth.