If winning by a big margin, with impressive play, makes Kilgore High School softball coach Cheyenne Kirkpatrick happy, then she should be ecstatic with her team as spring break begins.
And Kristen Wilson is driving the bus.
The Lady Bulldogs went to bigger 5A program Nacogdoches on Tuesday night and came home with a 15-2 win. Kilgore is 6-5 on the season, after some rain-outs, and has won four of its last five games with spring break coming this week. Wilson was especially dominant – she had 16 strikeouts.
“She struck out the first four batters,” Kirkpatrick said, “and eight of our first nine outs were strikeouts. She was just lights-out.”
Wilson gave up only three hits in the game, and two of those were in the first inning. She only allowed one hit the rest of the way.
And on top of that, talk about helping yourself at the plate: she went 5-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, and an RBI.
Also in the game, Mackenzie Harrison had a solo home run, her first home run at the varsity level. She also had two doubles, 2 RBI, and a sacrifice bunt.
“Everybody on the team had at least one hit,” Kirkpatrick noted.
Bailey Downing went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, 2 RBI and five stolen bases. Another Bailey, Bailey Hedges, had a hit, a sac fly, and an RBI. Hailee Jo Lewis had a hit, and Elizabeth Idlett had a single and an RBI.
Miah Thomas had a single, a walk and scored twice. Gracie Gossage went 3-for-5, with two singles, a double and 3 RBI. And Tra’Kaila Graves went 2-for-5 with a double, a triple, and had an RBI.
The Lady ‘Dogs are off until next Friday, March 16 – they’ll host Lufkin Hudson, a 4:30 junior varsity start, with varsity to follow. That’s the last non-district game of the season. District 15-4A play starts March 20 at Gladewater.