The first round of the Region XIV Conference tournament was delayed twice by rain and storms.
Kilgore College’s first-round opponent, though, clapped almost as loud as the lightning and thunder.
Blinn, the number-one seed in the South Division, took down the Rangers, 9-0, when the first round was finally played Monday at the Larry Phillips Family Sports Complex in Lufkin.
Courtney Ogle hit two home runs for Blinn; she also had a single and finished 3-for-3 with 5 RBI.
That sends KC to the losing bracket of the double-elimination tournament. The Rangers (22-25 overall this season) were to play Galveston College on Tuesday, in a game that concluded after the print deadline for this edition of the News Herald’s sports section. KC had to win the game to stay in the tournament.
In other first-round games, San Jacinto beat Bossier Parish, 8-0; Angelina beat Galveston, 8-1; and Tyler Junior College beat Coastal Bend, 8-0. Tyler was the number one seed from the East.
See kilgorenewsherald.com now to see how it turned out. If the Rangers win, they play at noon today against the loser of Tyler Junior College and San Jacinto. The prize for the tournament is a pair of bids to the NJCAA’s national tournament, to be played in St. George, Utah, next week.
In spite of the loss, the Rangers did get a bit of good news Monday.
Nicole King, a freshman catcher from Grahaam, was named to the All-Region and All-Conference teams, KC’s only selection. King gunned down 13 base-runners and batted .328, including four home runs, 14 doubles and a triple. She also had 23 RBI.