Monday night games are rare for the Kilgore High School baseball team, but they did make another statement on the road earlier this week.
Coach Eugene Lafitte’s Diamond ‘Dogs beat Longview, 8-3, in their third meeting with the Lobos this season (Kilgore is 2-1 against them, including in the Oil Belt Classic). It was the sixth straight win for the Bulldogs, who haven’t lost since the first game of a tournament in Jasper back on March 7.
To boot, Kilgore is off to a good start in District 16-4A play, hoping to repeat as district champions.
The Bulldogs have already beaten Cumberland Academy and Chapel Hill, and the difficulty level will step up a bit in the next game: Spring Hill next Tuesday, here at Driller Park.
Against Longview, Donovan Adkins, Jerrick “Deuce” Ervin and Jayce McFarland all each hit doubles, and Ervin, McFarland and Gus Witt each had 2 RBI, and Adkins had one.
Ervin went 3-for-3 and scored once. Adkins was 2-for-4, and scored twice. Conner Martin went 2-for-5; and Witt, Khalon Clayton, McFarland, and Dalton McElyea each had a hit.
Martin got the win on the mound. He threw five innings, allowing two runs, both earned, on three hits; he struck out seven, and walked three.
Brayden Johnson threw two innings and only gave up one hit. He had three strikeouts.