The 2019 baseball season started a bit hectic for the Kilgore High School Diamond ‘Dogs, the opener and first tournament of the year thrown up in the air thanks to quite a bit of inclement weather.
But the opener got played – a 9-3 Kilgore win, as it turned out, here at Driller Park – and at press time, the Bulldogs were taking part in a tournament at Whitehouse.
That tournament was to continue today, weather-permitting, and then Kilgore will be off until it hosts the annual Oil Belt Classic next week, starting Thursday here at Driller.
See a full schedule for the OBC in Wednesday’s News Herald, and online at kilgorenewsherald.com.
Kilgore 9, Liberty-Eylau 3 (Wednesday): This game had originally been scheduled to be played at L-E on Tuesday night. The weather had other ideas, so coaches re-scheduled the game for Wednesday, and played it here at Driller.
Kilgore took an early 1-0 lead, added three more runs in the third inning and five in the fourth to finish off the Leopards.
Cole Thompson went 2-for-4 for the Bulldogs, and collected 3 RBI. Jayce McFarland was 2-for-4 with an RBI and scored twice. Khalon Clayton went 2-for-4 with an RBI and also scored twice, and Jerrick “Deuce” Ervin was 1-for-4 and scored twice.
Also for KHS, Payton Fyffe and Sam Witt each went 1-for-3; Fyffe had 2 RBI. Cade Pippen was 1-for-1, with an RBI.
Chase Hampton threw five great innings for the Bulldogs. He struck out 14, gave up just one hit and walked three. Braden Johnson pitched two innings, allowing one hit, a walk, an earned run and struck out three.
Longview 6, Kilgore 5 (Thursday): In Kilgore’s first game of the re-worked Whitehouse tournament, the Bulldogs just got behind too much, too fast, too early, allowing the Lobos to plate five runs in the first inning – on four Kilgore errors.
Still, the Bulldogs made a game of it, scoring one in the second – McFarland, on an RBI hit by Pippen – and three in the fifth.
Kilgore had 11 hits to Longview’s four. Thompson was 3-for-3. McFarland was 2-for-3. Ervin was 2-for-4. Connor Martin, Pippen and Gus Witt were each 1-for-3, and Witt and Pippen each had an RBI. Clayton went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Witt pitched five innings, allowing six runs on four hits, three walks and struck out three.
Kilgore was to face Whitehouse and Huntington on Friday, as the tournament continued.