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.