KC holds opening day ceremony at new softball complex

It’s been seven months since Kilgore College broke ground on a new softball complex and the community got a first-hand glimpse Feb. 3 of the new field in Kilgore.

An opening day ceremony at the Ballpark at KC Commons featured the "first pitches" thrown out by KC president Dr. Brenda Kays, KC Board of Trustees member Brian Nutt and state representative Jay Dean.

Following the ceremony, the Rangers cristened the field with a rout of Crowder College, 11-2, featuring the first home run hit in the new park by Kilgore native Amber Williams.

 KC put up a huge seven-run inning thanks to a triple by Jo Rivera, a double by Kaylie Bush, a double by Brianna Davis and a home run by Amber Williams.

Pitcher Katy Worrell earned the win for  Rangers. She tossed five innings, allowing two runs, five hits, striking out three and walking one. Lauren Nahnsen took the loss for Crowder. She threw four and a third innings, surrendering 11 runs and 16 hits.

KC had 16 hits in the game with multiple hits by Hannah Carpenter, Manda Wilmoth, Brianna Davis, Kaitlyn Stebelton, Laci Hambalek and Rivera.

Rivera, Hambalek, Stebelton, Davis, and Wilmoth each managed three hits to lead KC to victory.

In the second game McLennan Community College defeated the Rangers 13-1.

ABOUT THE BALLPARK AT KC COMMONS:

Spearheaded by a $25,000 donation from Energy Weldfab president Mike Clements, more than $100,000 for the new ballpark was raised by the KC Athletics department through donations to begin construction of the new complex.

The Ballpark at KC Commons also features a new scoreboard thanks to a $10,000 donation from Herring Bank.

KC began its softball program in 2013 and has been playing its home games at city-owned Stream Flo Field in Kilgore.

“It’s amazing to have our own field and facilities,” said head softball coach Leslie Messina. “The new field will greatly enhance our recruiting efforts and will be a landmark facility that will instill a sense of immense pride in the college and the Kilgore community.”

Construction of the new field by local company K-K Mobbs Construction, Inc., who provided significant donations of labor and material in the completion of the project, was unanimously approved in June of 2016 by the KC Board of Trustees.