Ranger softball team 2-2 in conference play after split with Navarro

KILGORE, TX -- The Kilgore College Rangers softball team won one and lost one against Navarro College March 20, making its conference record 2-2 (12-10 overall).

Over the weekend, KC also split with Northeast Texas Community College, winning the first game, 12-3, and losing the second game, 4-2.

The Navarro series was the conference home-opener with KC winning the first game, 7-5, but losing the second game, 5-2.

In the first game against the Bullldogs, trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the fifth inning, KC's Kendyl Dockter homered on a 2-0 count, scoring two runs to take the lead.

Dockter led KC to victory by driving in five runs. She was 2-for-3 at the plate with home runs in the first inning and the fifth inning.

Mattie McQuary (7-1 on the season) was the winning pitcher for the Rangers, surrendering five runs on nine hits over seven innings, striking out 10 with no walks.

In the second game against NC, the Rangers watched the game slip away early and couldn't recover in a 5-2 loss.

Navarro College fired up the offense in the first inning when Zoe Miranda doubled on a 1-2 count, scoring two runs.

Chelsea Vandiver earned the victory for Navarro College, allowing three hits and two runs over seven innings, striking out six.

Amanda White pitched six innings for KC, allowing eight hits and three runs while striking out four. Mattie McQuary threw one inning in relief.

Christina Herrera, Nicole King and Kelsey Ahart each managed one hit.

Navarro College racked up nine hits and Sarah Koeppen led the Bulldogs with four hits in four at bats.

KC travels March 21 to play Tyler Junior College at 5 and 7 p.m. at Schwab Field (The Brook Hill School) in Bullard.

The Rangers will return to The Ballpark at KC Commons Friday, March 29, to play Trinity Valley Community College at 1 and 3 p.m.