Kilgore College softball needed a big win or two in Region XIV Conference play, and at the beginning of the week at Corsicana, they got it.
The Rangers dealt Navarro a pair of losses – 8-7, and 5-2, respectively – on Monday afternoon. As a result, KC is 19-17 at this writing, and 9-9 in conference play.
Next up for coach Leslie Messina’s Rangers is a doubleheader here against Tyler Junior College on Friday, a 1 p.m./3 p.m. start. Tyler is first in the East Zone, with a 17-1 conference record and a somewhat-staggering 42-6 record overall.
The Rangers are in fourth in the East, behind TJC, Angelina College (11-3) and Bossier (8-8).
There are five sets of doubleheaders left in KC’s regular season: at home against Tyler on Friday; at Bossier April 26; at home against Paris on April 27; at Trinity Valley on April 30; and at Angelina in Lufkin on May 1.
KC 8, Navarro 7: Navarro did all it could to come back for a win over the Rangers, but KC held strong.
Navarro led early, a two-run home run, but KC plated five third-inning runs – Andrea Decareau had a bases-loaded walk that brought in a run, and Tori Tovar had an RBI. Two of the five runs in the inning were scored on Navarro errors.
KC had eight hits in the game, with Bria Tovar, Kelsey Ahart and Nicole King each having more than one. Mattie McQuary got the win on the mound. She struck out seven and allowed seven runs on seven hits. Michaela Latham came on in relief for the save, in the final inning.
KC 5, Navarro 2: In game two of the doubleheader, KC got a home run from Makenna Bell, one of nine hits in the contest for the Rangers. Bell finished 2-for-3 and Bria Tovar went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Amanda White got the win. She gave up two runs on five hits, and struck out five.