Opening day of the 2019 season for the Kilgore College softball team had a little good, a little bad, and was just the first step of a season that lasts through April, one that coach Leslie Messina hopes ends with a postseason appearance.
KC split with Midland College here at the Ballpark at KC Commons, with KC taking the first game – technically winning the season opener – before falling in the second.
The Rangers (1-1) then went to Waco and swept McLennan Community College on Wednesday. But today’s scheduled doubleheader at Texas College was postponed due to the freezing weather.
KC’s next scheduled game isn’t until next Friday, Feb. 15, a doubleheader against Weatherford College at 1 p.m. Next Saturday, the Rangers get a rematch with McLennan, but this time it’ll be here, another doubleheader beginning at 1.
The season opener was a 9-8 win here over Midland, who trailed 9-6 going into the top of the seventh inning – Midland scored two runs, but KC held on for the win.
Amanda White got the victory on the mound for the Rangers. She went six innings, allowed eight runs (seven earned) on five hits, walked five, and struck out six. Mattie McQuary pitched an inning and didn’t notch any stats, just got the Rangers out of the jam.
Shelby East and Nicole King each went 2-of-3, and each scored twice and had 2 RBI. Christina Herrera went 3-of-4 with an RBI and scored a run. Kendyl Dockter, Brenna Ortiz, Makenna Bell, Kelsey Ahart, Ella Ortiez, and Camille Freudensprung each had a hit; KC had 13, collectively.
The second game, though, was all Midland, an 8-0 KC loss. Midland had 11 hits, and KC managed just one, unfortunately; that was by Shelby East.
There was no drama in Waco on Wednesday against McLennan. KC won the first game, 14-5, then won the second, 11-6.
In game one, the Rangers plated 10 runs in the first inning and never looked back, finishing with seven hits. McLennan actually scattered eight, but couldn’t overcome KC’s early large lead, and also made three errors.
Ahart went 2-for-3 with two home runs and 4 RBI. Bell also had two hits, both doubles, and an RBI. Freudensprung, Ella Ortiz, and Lauren Corley each had a hit, as well. East and Dockter each recorded an RBI.
White got the win, pitching all five innings, allowing five runs (all earned) on five hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.
In game two, KC again took an early lead (4-0 in the first), and finished with 12 hits. McLennan was charged with four errors.
Ahart had two doubles, and Dockter, King, and Herrera each had one. King finished with 3 RBI; Herrera and Ahart each had two, and Dockter and Bell each had one. Dockter, Corley, East, and Ahart each had two hits.
Mattie McQuary was the winning pitcher, going 5 2/3 innings. She allowed eight hits, six runs (three earned), struck out four and gave up one walk. White also pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed a hit.