KHS pays tribute to N. Guard, but falls to T-High

NOT A WIN, BUT A GOOD MOMENT -- Kilgore High School softball honored the National Guard for all their service prior to Wednesday afternoon's game against Texas High. Guests for the night were Sgt. Daniel Mendez and Sgt. First Class Boyd Blair, who threw out the joint first pitches of the evening to senior Destiney Mendez and junior Jaely Skiles, who have both enlisted in the National Guard. Above: the team, with the officers, and with coach Cheyenne Kirkpatrick.

Sometimes, you just have one of those games.

Although the evening got off to a great start Wednesday, honoring the local branch of the National Guard and with guests on hand to do so, the game against visiting Texas High didn't go so well, with Kilgore ultimately losing it, 14-2.

It was just Kilgore's second loss in the last nine games; coach Cheyenne Kirkpatrick's Lady Bulldogs are 10-4 on the season. They were to visit Tyler Lee on Friday night, after the deadline for this issue of the News Herald.

It's spring break next week, but the Lady ‘Dogs will still be in action. It'll just be later in the week. They'll play at Mabank on Thursday, a 1 p.m. junior varsity start, with varsity to follow, and at home on Friday against Center – that's a noon start, with the same format, JV first and then varsity.

The game against Center next Friday is also the Orange-Out make-up from earlier in the season. Fans are asked to wear orange in honor of former KHS standout Lynzee Ford.

Kilgore plays its home games at Stream-Flo Field, right beside Driller Park, off of Commerce Street.

The Lady Bulldogs went 6-1 in the Elysian Fields tournament last weekend, but a slow start against Texas High cost them. Texas High plated a run in the first inning and it might have been more, but Kilgore right fielder Jaycie Villanueva threw out another attempted score at the plate.

The Lady ‘Dogs tied it at one-all in the bottom of the first. Bailey Downing led off with a double and then Genna Cavanaugh drew a walk. Downing went to third base on a wild pitch, and Bailey Hedges brought her in on a sacrifice fly to tie the score.

The second inning saw both teams go scoreless, but T-High upped its lead to 4-1 in the top of the third, courtesy of a three-run home run. Another good throw by Villanueva allowed Kilgore to record one of the three outs, and they were able to hold Texas High to just the three.

But the wheels came off two innings later in the top of the fifth: 10 runs on four hits for Texas High, and unfortunately, on five Kilgore errors.

Kilgore did plate one more run late. Downing led off an inning with a bunt single and then scored on an RBI double by Hedges.

Kilgore had seven hits. Downing had two of them. Cavanaugh had a single. Hedges had 2 RBI. Mackenzie Cavanaugh was 2-for-2, with a stolen base, and Downing, who leads the team with stolen bases, also had one.

Kilgore News Herald

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