HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL / BASEBALL

Softball gets key win, 6-0 Bulldogs in district; home today

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Kilgore’s Lady Bulldogs scored five runs in the fifth inning, fittingly enough, in a home game against Chapel Hill on Tuesday, keeping their hopes alive to make the UIL’s Class 4A playoffs.

Kilgore run-ruled Chapel Hill, 10-0, on KHS coach Cheyenne Kirkpatrick’s birthday, no less, to get to 3-4 this season in District 15-4A play. That puts Kilgore in a three-way tie for third place with Gilmer and Spring Hill – coincidentally, next week’s opponents.

As for the baseball Bulldogs, they won again, now 6-0 in district play and 14-3 on the season.

Both were to play Friday against Bullard, but those games are now today; softball hosts Bullard at 11 a.m., baseball at 3 p.m.

Kilgore 10, Chapel Hill 0 (softball): Almost every batter Kirkpatrick sent to the plate had a hit in the game, and Mackenzie Harrison had three.

Harrison finished 3-for-4, with two doubles and a single. She had 5 RBi, and also walked once. Also, Elizabeth Idlett, Miah Thomas, Bailey Hedges, Kristen Wilson, Hailee Joe Lewis, and Gracie Gossage all each had one hit. Idlett, Alyssa Whittington, Tra’Kaila Graves, Wilson, Lewis, Harrison and Gossage each scored one run, and Hedges scored three times.

Wilson got the win on the mound for Kilgore, She struck out six, allowed just two hits, and one walk.

Next week, Kilgore closes out the regular season at Gilmer on Tuesday (6 p.m.), and at home against Spring Hill next Friday, also at 6. Kilgore needs to finish in the district’s top four to make the playoffs for the first time in about a decade.

Kilgore 5, Chapel Hill 3 (baseball): Coach Eugene LaFitte’s Diamond ‘Dogs took an early two-run lead in the second inning, saw Chapel Hill punch back in the fifth with three runs, and then re-claimed the lead in the bottom of the sixth to hold on for the win.

Kilgore wound up with seven hits in the game: Gus Witt went 2-for-3; Conner Martin went 2-for-3, as well; Jayce McFarland went 2-for-3; and Harlee Biggs went 1-for-3. Martin had 2 RBI; McFarland had one.

Chase Hampton threw 5 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits, walked two, and struck out six. Brayden Johnson got the win; Johnson had two strikeouts, and allowed no hits and no walks in his 1 2/3 innings pitched.

James Adams took the loss for Chapel Hill. Adams allowed all seven of Kilgore’s hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out one.

Kilgore swept Chapel Hill this season, and has beaten all the other five teams in 15-4A. The Bulldogs have a little longer in their regular season than softball does; Kilgore hosts Bullard Friday, visits Gilmer Tuesday, and then comes home to play Spring Hill next Friday, April 20, which is also senior night at Driller Park.

Rounding out the season: at Gladewater April 24 and a non-district game against New Diana on Friday, April 27.

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