Kilgore College’s softball season is over, but the Rangers didn’t go down without a fight.
After losing a convincing opener in the Region XIV Tournament in Lufkin to Blinn, KC bounced back with a 4-3 win over Galveston College – the Rangers’ first-ever postseason win – but fell in a close elimination game on Thursday, 1-0, to San Jacinto.
Coach Leslie Messina’s team finished the 2019 season with a 23-26 record.
KC 4, Galveston 3 (Wednesday): KC showed the crowd in attendance the best way to break a tie: with back-to-back home runs by Kelsey Ahart and Nicole King. That snapped the 2-all push in the sixth inning, and the Rangers wound up with the 4-3 victory.
In addition to the long-balls by Ahart and King, Ella Ortiz and Lauren Corley each had three hits and an RBI; Christina Herrera had a double and a single; and Andrea Decareau had a single. Mattie McQuary got the win on the mound, allowing three runs on six hits, with five walks and three strikeouts. Michaela Latham came on late and shut GC down.
San Jac 1, KC 0 (Thursday): These two teams were still scoreless going into the seventh inning, until SJ finally broke through for the game-winner.
Ariana Saenz got a lead-off single, advanced to both second and third bases on bunts and then scored on a grounder hit by Ashley Tran. KC had one last shot in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t tie it up.
McQuary pitched the complete game, allowing just four hits, three walks and notched four strikeouts. The Rangers had six hits – Corley, Decareau, and Brooke Goynes each had two.