Are the Kilgore High School Diamond ‘Dogs developing a flair for the dramatic, early in this 2018 season?
It appears that way.
Kilgore won three fairly competitive games in the Oil Belt Classic here at Driller Park last weekend, and then on Thursday, the baseball Bulldogs beat Caddo Mills, 4-3, in their first game of a tournament at Edgewood that will continue through today.
Kilgore, coached by Eugene Lafitte, has won four straight games. The ‘Dogs won’t rest during spring break, either – they’ll play at Athens, varsity only, on Tuesday at 2 p.m., and then on Wednesday, Kilgore will host Silsbee, a 6 p.m. first pitch. The Bulldogs don't start district play until March 23, at Chapel Hill.
As for today, though, the Edgewood tournament continues. Kilgore (6-2) was scheduled to play Elkhart this morning at 10:30. Edgewood plays Elkhart at 1, then Kilgore finishes with Farmersville at 3:30.
In Thursday’s win against Caddo, Kilgore got a late spark – the Bulldogs trailed 3-1 headed into the bottom of the seventh (KHS was the home team).
In the seventh, down by two runs, Trea Clayton drew a lead-off walk, and then Ren Reynolds reached on catcher interference. Clayton stole third, and Reynolds, second, and then Connor Martin walked to load the bases.
Javan Smitherman doubled to right center, and that scored both Clayton and Reynolds, tying the game at 3-all. Caddo elected to intentionally-walk Gus Witt, and they paid for it. Harlee Biggs singled to center, scoring Martin for the walk-off, two-out game-winner.
Martin wasn’t shabby, himself. He started the game on the mound and pitched the first four innings. Martin gave up three runs, one earned, on four hits, walked three and struck out three.
Witt came on in relief and pitched very well, too. He threw three innings, allowing just two hits and two walks, and struck out five.
In addition, Reynolds went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and scored twice, and Smitherman went 1-for-4 with the 2-RBI double.