It’s getting more and more difficult to describe the season the Kilgore High School baseball team is having. How about this? They’re good.
Coach Charles Foshee’s Diamond ‘Dogs demonstrated that again on Friday afternoon in a rare afternoon game at Chapel Hill, a 6-3 Kilgore victory. The win gives the Bulldogs an 18-4-2 record this season, was their 10th straight, and more importantly, they remain unbeaten in District 15-4A.
Kilgore, which was set to host Gilmer on Tuesday after the deadline for this edition of the News Herald, only has two more games remaining: at Spring Hill on Friday night (4:30 p.m. junior varsity start, varsity to follow) and then at home against Gladewater on Tuesday.
At Chapel Hill, Collin Pippen was one of the lead stories, if not the lead story, yet again for KHS. Pippen hasn’t lost in the district schedule – he hasn’t lost a game all season. And he got another one Friday, with seven strikeouts in a seven-inning complete game. Pippen allowed only four hits, three runs (one earned), and walked one in the win.
Elijah Williams, Javan Smitherman, and Harlee Biggs each had two hits – Williams was 2-for-2, Smitherman and Biggs each 2-for-4 – and part of a 10-hit night for the Bulldogs. Pippen, Biggs and Smitherman each had an RBI, and Klalon Clayton had two. Jerrick “Deuce” Ervin, Williams, Pippen, Smitherman, Ren Reynolds, and Clayton each scored. Reynolds and Clayton each had a hit, as did sophomore Gus Witt.
Kilgore falls to Chapel Hill: Even though Kilgore’s softball team has an outside shot at making the playoffs, coach Cheyenne Kirkpatrick is trying to look at the positives of a season that could’ve been so much better.
The Lady Bulldogs dropped a 9-0 decision on Friday at Chapel Hill, a game that was supposed to be played earlier in the week, but changed due to rain.
Kilgore (1-7 in 15-4A) had early, costly errors, leading to a 4-0 Chapel Hill advantage, and stranding base-runners in the second inning – with the bases loaded – didn’t help.
The Lady Bulldogs were to host Gilmer on Tuesday here at Stream-Flo Field, and then will visit Spring Hill for the regular season finale on Friday, a 5 p.m. junior varsity start with varsity to follow around 6:30.
For KHS against Chapel Hill, Kristen Wilson went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles; Aubree Norris had a single and was hit by a pitch; and Mackenzie Harrison also had a single and was hit by a pitch.
Three of Kilgore’s four hits came in the fourth. Wilson led off both the second and fourth innings with singles, but the Lady ‘Dogs couldn’t plate the runs.
Technically, Kilgore can still get into the playoffs with a wild finish. The Lady Bulldogs need to be in at least fourth place in the district to make it.
If Gilmer loses twice (at Kilgore on Tuesday night, after the print deadline for this edition), then again on Friday, and Kilgore wins twice (over Gilmer and Spring Hill), then KHS and Gilmer would be tied for the fourth and final playoff spot, and would have to play to decide who gets it.
Barring that, the Lady ‘Dogs will end their season at Spring Hill in Longview on Friday. Kilgore defeated Spring Hill in the first round, coming back from an 8-0 deficit to get an emotional win.