Red, orange, or purple with yellow polka dots: Kilgore’s Lady Bulldogs don’t really care about the attire, it’s all about the mission.
Coach Cheyenne Kirkpatrick’s Lady ‘Dogs held off Center, 5-1, on Friday afternoon at Stream-Flo Field here in Kilgore, running their record to 12-4 this season (ironically, the same record as the KHS baseball team). They’ve also won three of their last four games.
Kirkpatrick’s team has seemingly played its final non-district game of the regular season, and they’ll enter the District 16-4A schedule now. Kilgore was to host Spring Hill in the 16-4A debut for both teams on Tuesday night, after the deadline for this print edition of the News Herald.
KHS will be back at home Friday against Bullard – junior varsity plays at 5 p.m., with varsity to follow, around 6:30.
Kilgore is trying to make it back to the playoffs for a second straight season, having gotten in last year for the first time in a decade.
In the win over Center, Kilgore wore orange, and honored the late Lynzee Ford, who passed away in 2014 from complications from a form of leukemia.
Pitcher Kristen Wilson was on target. She had 10 strikeouts and only gave up three hits in a seven-inning, compete-game performance, walking no one.
Miah Thomas had a triple for Kilgore. Hailee Jo Lewis, Bailey Downing, and Wilson each had singles; Downing had two stolen bases, and Jaycie Villanueva and Bailey Hedges each had an RBI.