The time-limit tournaments and non-district fun is over.
Now, it’s time for the Kilgore High School softball team to get down to business.
The Lady Bulldogs open District 15-4A play Friday night at home against Gladewater, a 5 p.m. junior varsity start, with varsity to follow.
There should be a lot of orange in the crowd – Gladewater’s dominant color is orange, and KISD is asking fans to wear orange for the “Orange Out,” in support of the I Love Lynzee campaign, a fundraiser to help fund scholarships.
Kilgore, who didn’t make the playoffs last season and hasn’t in quite some time, has a young, talented lineup and a bit of an advantage: the Lady ‘Dogs are home for their first three district games (Gladewater on Friday, Chapel Hill on Tuesday, and Bullard next Friday, March 24).
Coach Cheyenne Kirkpatrick’s Kilgore squad heads into the district schedule after picking up a 12-2 win at Sabine last Friday, a rare matchup in athletics between the two programs.
Kristen Wilson pitched, notching six strikeouts, walking just one and allowed five hits. Wilson and the defense also got out of a bases-loaded, one out jam in the bottom of the third inning.
The Lady ‘Dogs scored two runs in the first inning, four in the third and five more in the fifth. Wilson helped her own cause with two triples and 3 RBI. Hailee Jo Lewis had two doubles. Kiara Colbert had a big catch in the outfield that prevented Sabine from scoring a couple of runs, and also had a double.
Bailey Downing had a 2-RBI double. Mackenzie Cavanaugh and Alexis Gaitan each had a single. Mackenzie Harrison reached twice after being hit by pitches and scored both times. Tamara HOGOHGG reached on an error early in the game and scored.