Opening day of the 2019 season for the Kilgore College softball team had a little good, a little bad, and was just the first step of a season that lasts through April, one that coach Leslie Messina hopes ends with a postseason appearance.
KC split with Midland College here at the Ballpark at KC Commons, with KC taking the first game – technically winning the season opener – before falling in the second.
The Rangers (1-1) were to play at McLennan Community College today, a doubleheader, and then will play at Texas College on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. KC’s next home games are next Friday, Feb. 15, against Weatherford College.
KC’s first win of the season was a 9-8 tally over Midland, who trailed 9-6 going into the top of the seventh inning – Midland scored two runs, but KC held on for the win.
Amanda White got the victory on the mound for the Rangers. She went six innings, allowed eight runs (seven earned) on five hits, walked five, and struck out six. Mattie McQuary pitched an inning and didn’t notch any stats, just got the Rangers out of the jam.
Shelby East and Nicole King each went 2-of-3, and each scored twice and had 2 RBI. Christina Herrera went 3-of-4 with an RBI and scored a run. Kendyl Dockter, Brenna Ortiz, Makenna Bell, Kelsey Ahart, Ella Ortiez, and Camille Freudensprung each had a hit; KC had 13, collectively.
For Midland, Yvonne Hernandez had two home runs, and Rocio Barajas had one. Hernandez had 3 RBI. Midland finished with five hits.
The second game, though, was all Midland, an 8-0 KC loss. Midland had 11 hits, and KC managed just one, unfortunately; that was by Shelby East.
Barajas homered and Crystal Soliz doubled for Midland, who got five strong innings of work by pitcher Hannah Ice: one hit allowed, no runs, two walks and four strikeouts.
McQuary and Michaela Latham pitched for KC; McQuary allowed seven runs, all earned, on nine hits, walked two and struck out three in four innings. Latham pitched an inning and allowed a run and two hits.