HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL
KHS goes 3-1 over weekend
The rain played all kinds of havoc in East Texas, canceling softball and baseball tournaments right and left. But Kilgore did manage to come up with an alternative, thanks to Pine Tree High School, Sabine and a few other programs.
Coach Cheyenne Kirkpatrick’s Lady Bulldogs went 3-1 playing in a mini-tournament at PT over the weekend, beating Sabine, Joaquin and Jefferson, with a loss to PT sandwiched in between.
Kilgore beat Sabine, another News Herald-area school, 6-2 on Friday. The Lady Bulldogs got a home run from Kristen Wilson; double, a single and a pair of RBI from Bailey Downing; a 3-for-3 performance from Miah Thomas; and two singles from Elizabeth Idlett. Wilson was impressive on the mound for the Lady ‘Dogs, with eight strikeouts and allowing just a pair of hits.
Wilson struck out eight more in a 4-1 win over Joaquin later on Friday. Downing had almost an identical stat line as the first game, with a double, a single and an RBI. Mackenzie Harrison and Idlett each had a double; Harrison also had a pair of singles and an RBI, and Bailey Hedges and Thomas each had a single and an RBI.
KHS dropped to the Lady Pirates, 5-4, on Saturday. Kilgore tied the game at four before PT scored the go-ahead run in the fifth and managed to stay ahead.
Hedges had a pair of doubles, a single and 2 RBI in the loss for the Lady ‘Dogs. Downing went 2-for-4. Wilson had a single, and Tra’Kaila Graves had two. Hailee Jo Lewis had a double and a single, and an RBI.
Kilgore (5-5 this season) was to play at Nacogdoches on Tuesday, following the deadline for this print edition of the News Herald. That’s it before spring break next week. The Lady ‘Dogs will be off this Friday and the bulk of next week – they’ll be home next Friday, March 16, against Hudson. After that, District 15-4A play begins at Gladewater on March 20.
Kilgore sweeps Tatum, vs. Henderson Friday
It’s almost becoming as routine as a blue sky or green grass, but both Kilgore High School soccer programs won their District 16-4A games Friday night – the Bulldogs beat Tatum here at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium, 2-0, and the Lady ‘Dogs shut out the Eagles in Tatum, 6-0.
Both KHS teams were to host Gladewater Tuesday night, following the print deadline for this issue of the News Herald – they’ll both face Henderson on Friday, but the boys will play here (junior varsity starting at 5:15), and the Lady Bulldogs in Henderson (same format; JV first, starting at 5:15).
Raul Cedillo and John Hinojos scored for coach Tom Wait’s Bulldogs (who are 13-6-2 on the season overall, and 7-0 in district play).
Senior Kaitlyn Word, who leads the KHS girls in scoring, added three more goals on Friday at Tatum. Leslie Bennett, Cristina Rosas and Maliyah Holland each scored a goal. Kilgore’s girls are 7-1 in district play and seeking their third straight district championship.