Tournament play has been very, very good for the Kilgore High School Lady Bulldogs.
The school’s softball team is now 10-3, and even though their seven-game winning streak came to an end Saturday afternoon, they’ve still won seven of their last eight, building steam for a (hopefully) good District 16-4A run.
The extreme cold weather Tuesday night, though, forced the postponement of a home game with Texas High. Rather than play the game Tuesday, it’s been moved to today. Kilgore’s junior varsity will host T-High at 4:30 p.m., as it stands right now, and varsity will follow.
The Lady ‘Dogs will hit the road on Friday and next Tuesday. They’ll play at Tyler Lee this Friday, starting with JV at 4:30, and then they’ll play an afternoon game at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Mabank.
Kilgore opened the Elysian Fields tournament last week with wins over Harleton and the home team (as covered in Saturday’s News Herald). They followed with a 9-5 win over Pine Tree, a 2-1 nailbiter over Pleasant Grove, and a 15-7 win over Garrison. Marshall finally clipped Kilgore with a 6-0 decision Saturday afternoon, in the tournament’s last game.
But Kilgore had beaten Marshall twice in the programs’ two previous meetings in other tournaments.
Kilgore 9, Pine Tree 5 (Friday): The Lady Pirates, an old district rival of Kilgore’s, went up 2-0 in the top of the first inning, but Kilgore was disciplined at the plate, Kirkpatrick noted.
“We drew a lot of walks,” she said.
Kilgore bounced back, got in front, took a 7-4 lead in the third, and scored two more in the fourth.
Genna Cavanaugh had a 2-RBI single in the third; Hailee Jo Lewis had an RBI single in the fourth; Kristen Wilson had a double in the fourth; and Mackenzie Cavanaugh was 2-for-2 with a single, a double and drew one of the game’s many walks.
Wilson, the starting pitcher, had five strikeouts.
Friday Pine Tree and Pleasant Grove.
Kilgore 2, Pleasant Grove 1 (Friday): PG is an infrequent opponent for Kilgore in most sports, including softball, but the teams played a classic on Friday night.
After a scoreless first inning, PG scored one in the second, but in the third, Kilgore pulled some dramatics to tie it up. Trakailia Graves singled, stole second base, and went to third on a passed ball.
Bailey Downing popped up to the pitcher, who had to walk up within about four feet of the plate to catch it, and then missed Graves bolting home. Graves found herself in a run-down between third and home, but pulled it off, crossing home plate to tie the game at one.
In the fourth, still tied at one, Wilson singled, Mackenzie Cavanaugh singled to move her over, and then Jaycie Villanueva – as she’s done several times this season already – came through with an RBI double, scoring Wilson for the go-ahead/game-winning run.
Downing added a triple in the second but was stranded, and PG had a chance to tie it in the sixth, but Wilson got a strikeout and the Lady ‘Dogs’ defense collected two more outs to get out of the inning.
Wilson threw all six innings, giving up six hits and recording two strikeouts.
Kilgore 15, Garrison 7 (Saturday): There was likely a little payback going on here, after Garrison rolled over Kilgore a year ago.
Kilgore was the visiting team for this one. With an out in the books already, though, Genna Cavanaugh singled, Bailey Hedges doubled, and then Wilson followed with a 2-RBI single for a 2-0 advantage.
Lewis reached on an error that also scored Wilson, and then Garrison got out of the inning with the bases loaded.
They weren’t as fortunate in the second.
Kilgore sent 16 batters to the plate in the inning, and scored 11 runs, blowing the game wide open. Downing led off with a walk, Genna Cavanaugh singled, and Wilson walked to load up the bases. Lewis grounded into a fielder’s choice and Downing was thrown out, so Garrison had two outs.
That wouldn’t matter. Mackenzie Cavanaugh walked, and Villanueva had an RBI single. Miah Thomas and Graves each walked, and then Hedges had a 2-RBI double.
Wilson had an RBI single, Lewis added an RBI single, and Mackenzie Cavanaugh came back up. She singled, too, and gave Kilgore a 14-0 lead.
Garrison scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the second, and Kilgore added one more run. Thomas led off with a single, and in a steal attempt at third, there was a throwing error and she rounded the base to score.
Kilgore had nine hits. Wilson threw all three innings of the tournament game, and had two strikeouts.
Marshall 6, Kilgore 0 (Saturday afternoon): The third meeting of the former district rivals in just a couple of weeks went Marshall’s way this time.
The game was scoreless through two innings, and in the third, Marshall took a 4-0 lead on a couple of throwing errors.
Kilgore got just three hits in the game: a single by Hedges, one by Mackenzie Cavanaugh, and one by Graves, each in different innings.
Wilson pitched and had three strikeouts.
Last week, including an extra-inning win over Gladewater and the six tournament games, Mack went 12-of-17 with four doubles, a triple, and multiple walks. Villanueva was 6-for-18 with two doubles, two triples and 10 RBI. And Wilson was 9-of-18 with 8 RBI, and on the mound, went 6-1 with 31 strikeouts.