JUNIOR COLLEGE SOFTBALL

KC softball signs eight as talent infusion continues

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The fastest way to get better is to bring in the very best talent, and Kilgore College’s softball staff hopes that’s what they’ve done with the most recent class of signees.

KC had eight new softball players on hand for a signing ceremony early Friday afternoon, and hope to get the proper pieces in place for a run at a Region XIV championship.

Signing to start at KC next fall were Felicia Aguirre, a third baseman from Sealy; Andrea Decarreau, a middle infielder from North Forney; Brooke Goynes, an outfielder from Longview; Allie Houchens, a pitcher from Maud; Nicole King, a catcher from Graham; Ella Ortiz, an infielder from Gregory Portland; Bria Tovar, an outfielder from Richmond Foster; and Amanda White, a pitcher from Lockhart.

The Rangers, coached by Leslie Messina since the program began five years ago, had a 33-23 season last year and made it to the RXIV Conference tournament for the first time ever. The Rangers just played a much-shorter fall season, and went 9-11-2.

Last year was also the first for the Rangers in their new digs, the Ballpark at KC Commons, on Houston Street at the site of the former Kilgore Heights complex.

Messina, the former coach at Texarkana College, has helmed KC's program from the very beginning back in 2012.

In eight years at Texarkana, Messina's teams won five conference titles and a pair of regional titles. They also appeared in the NJCAA's national tournament twice.

KC's 2017 spring season was the Rangers' best yet.

They do have one former Kilgore High Lady Bulldog on the roster: sophomore Cailon Palmer.

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