COLLEGE SOFTBALL / REGION XIV CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT

Blinn deals KC first round loss

Were to play GC in a must-win; KC’s King named all-region, all-RXIV

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The first round of the Region XIV Conference tournament was delayed twice by rain and storms.

Kilgore College’s first-round opponent, though, clapped almost as loud as the lightning and thunder.

Blinn, the number-one seed in the South Division, took down the Rangers, 9-0, when the first round was finally played Monday at the Larry Phillips Family Sports Complex in Lufkin. Courtney Ogle hit two home runs for Blinn; she also had a single and finished 3-for-3 with 5 RBI.

That sends KC to the losing bracket of the double-elimination tournament. The Rangers (22-25 overall this season) were to play Galveston College on Tuesday, in a game that concluded after the print deadline for this edition of the News Herald’s sports section. KC had to win the game to stay in the tournament.

In other first-round games, San Jacinto beat Bossier Parish, 8-0; Angelina beat Galveston, 8-1; and Tyler Junior College beat Coastal Bend, 8-0. Tyler was the number one seed from the East.

See kilgorenewsherald.com now to see how it turned out, and if KC has a next opponent. If the Rangers win, they play at noon today against the loser of Tyler Junior College and San Jacinto.

The prize for the tournament is a pair of bids to the NJCAA’s national tournament, to be played in St. George, Utah, next week (May 22-25).

In spite of the loss, the Rangers did get a bit of good news Monday.

Nicole King, a freshman from Graham, is the Rangers’ catcher, and she has been named to the All-Region and All-Conference teams, KC’s only selection.

King gunned down 13 base-runners during the course of the season, and batted .328, including four home runs, 14 doubles and a triple. She also collected 23 RBI.

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