Taking care of business on the field is good, and when it comes against a program in a bigger classification, it somehow seems to be really rewarding.
Kilgore High School’s softball Lady Bulldogs were coming off a double-digit loss to Texas High last week, and took out some frustrations on Tyler Lee Friday night in Tyler. The Lady Bulldogs won in impressive fashion, 14-3, their 11th win of the year (they’re now 11-4).
Kilgore, coached by Cheyenne Kirkpatrick, is off the early portion of this KISD spring break week, and is back in action Thursday at Mabank, a 3 p.m. varsity-only start. The Lady ‘Dogs will host Center on Friday, starting at noon with the junior varsity, and that’s the Orange-Out make-up day.
Fans are asked to come to the game wearing orange – the team will be, as well – in support of former Lady ‘Dog Lynzee Ford, who lost her battle with leukemia in 2014. Lynzee’s mom, Valerie, will throw the first pitch.
Kilgore 14, Tyler Lee 3 (Friday): A two-out, one-on situation in the first inning went from bad to good for Kilgore very quickly – Bailey Hedges drew a two-out walk, and then Kristen Wilson put Kilgore in front for good, as it would turn out, on a two-run home run.
Lee did plate a run in the bottom of the inning to cut Kilgore’s lead to 2-1, but that was as close as things would get, and they weren’t that way long.
In the second inning, Jaycie Villanueva reached on an error, and Destiney Mendez singled. Tra’Kaila Graves hit an RBI double, Bailey Downing had a double, and Kilgore scored three runs. The Lady ‘Dogs would score two in the third, two in the fifth, one in the sixth, and four in the seventh.
Downing finished 4-for-5 with a single, two doubles and a triple, and three stolen bases – including home, in a bases-loaded situation.
Also for KHS, Genna Cavanaugh had an RBI single in the seventh and finished 1-for-4. Hedges drew two walks. Wilson had the home run, and Hailee Jo Lewis went 2-for-5, both singles. Haylee Brown, a sophomore playing in her first varsity game, had two doubles and an RBI.
Villanueva had a single and scored twice; Mendez had a single, a walk, reached on an error and stole three bases; Graves finished 3-for-4 with two singles, a double and an RBI, and had a stolen base; and at the plate, getting the win, was Wilson, who allowed Lee only three hits and struck out 11.