The Kilgore College Rangers softball team has qualified for its first-ever postseason berth with its win over Trinity Valley April 19 coupled with Tyler Junior College's doubleheader sweep of Angelina College.
The regional tournament is May 6-9 at Angelina College in Lufkin. Game times are TBA.
April 19, KC split a doubleheader the Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals.
KC won the first game in a back-and-forth contest, 5-4, but were nipped in the last inning 6-5 in the nightcap.
The Rangers captured the lead in the first inning when Manda Wilmoth drove in a run off a single and Hannah Carpenter scored from third on a wild pitch.
In the fifth inning, down 4-2 to the Cardinals, the Rangers tied the game up 4-4 with Hannah Carpenter scoring from third on a passed ball and pinch hitter Kaylie Bush driving in a run on a hard ground ball to center field.
In that same inning, KC took the lead for good, 5-4, on an RBI bunt single by Cailon Palmer. Palmer was 3-for-3 at the plate, all bunt singles.
Pitcher Katy Worrell went all seven innings, earning her 16th victory of the season.
In the second game, Trinity Valley's Breana Florez gave the Cardinals a 6-5 walkoff win as she hit an RBI double.
KC lost to TVCC despite outhitting the Cardinals 12 to 8.
The Rangers took an early lead in the second inning when Brianna Davis drove in two runs on a single.
TVCC pitcher Kimberly Hughes earned the win for Trinity Valley, pitching all seven innings, surrendering five runs, 12 hits, striking out one and walking one.
KC had 12 hits in the game with Hannah Carpenter, Jo Rivera, Shelby Edwards and Davis each collecting multiple hits..
Carpenter led the Rangers with three hits in four at bats.
The Rangers are 29-21 overall and 17-9 in Region XIV play with two games left in the regular season, facing Bossier Parish Community College at 1 p.m. Monday, April 24, in two makeup games from April 22's rainouts. The games were suspended Saturday in the fifth inning versus Bossier Parish with the Rangers behind 6-5.