This week’s wet weather hasn’t really played havoc with Kilgore High School’s baseball and softball schedules – only a couple of scrimmages were called off.
But continued rain could force changes.
The Diamond ‘Dogs and Lady Bulldogs conducted tryouts a couple of weeks ago, and both are anticipating the official start of their season a couple of weeks from now. But preseason scrimmages, obviously, help them decide line-ups, and rain is not conducive to the process.
Kilgore baseball was forced to call off its Monday night scrimmage against Athens this week, and softball coach Cheyenne Kirkpatrick was forced to do the same with her scrimmage against Marshall.
The rest of the week goes like this: baseball will do its best to go ahead with a planned alumni game on Saturday morning at Driller Park, an 11 a.m. start, and the public is welcome to come watch. Next week, all three levels of Bulldog baseball – JV White, JV Red and varsity – will scrimmage Longview on Monday, starting at 4 (varsity will be scrimmaging at Longview, the JV teams here at Driller). Next Friday, Feb. 21, the same format: JV teams scrimmage Pine Tree here at Driller, starting at 4, and the varsity scrimmages at 4 at PT.
Coach Eugene Lafitte and the Diamond ‘Dogs, looking to get back to the UIL state tournament for the second straight year, will start that mission with the official season opener at home against Winnsboro on Feb. 25. That’s a 6 p.m. first-pitch.
Kilgore lost to Sweeny in the 4A semifinals at Disch-Falk Stadium in Austin last season, setting a single-season wins record in the process.
Softball has already been busy, but business is about to pick up. The Lady Bulldogs have a JV scrimmage at Longview slated for Friday, if they’re able to do that after all the rain – it’s set for a 4:30 p.m. start. Varsity scrimmages at Gladewater on Saturday at noon, and then the Lady ‘Dogs will open their season on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at home against Nacogdoches.
That’s a 5 p.m. JV start, with varsity to follow around 6:30, and first responders are being honored that night.
Kilgore competes in a tournament at Carthage Feb. 20-22.
Kirkpatrick, herself a former Kilgore and Southern Arkansas University standout, guided the Lady ‘Dogs to the 4A playoffs the last two seasons, falling in 2018 in the first round to number-one-ranked Carthage, then last year in a best-of-three series to North Lamar. North Lamar went on to the regional finals.