Ranger softball team sweeps Paris Junior College

PARIS, TX -- The Kilgore College Ranger softball team is on a roll.  KC won its third-straight conference game March 20 with two wins over Paris Junior College on the road, improving the Rangers' conference record to 4-4 (11-13 overall).

KC 11, Paris JC 2

The Rangers took the lead late and defeated Paris Junior College 11-2 on March 21. The game was tied at two with KC batting in the top of the fifth inning when Kaitlin Hunter singled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run.

KC secured the victory thanks to eight runs in the seventh inning, led by an error on a ball put in play by Christina Herrera and Makenna Bell, a single by Hailey Nash, a sacrifice fly by Kelsey Ahart, a home run by Tori Tovar, a groundout by Tova, and a double by Kourtlin Hunter.

The offensive firepower by KC was led by Tovar, Ahart, Herrera, Bell, Hunter and Tovar, who each had RBIs in the inning.

The  Rangers evened things up at two runs in the top of the fourth inning when Camille Freudensprung singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run.

Devyn Power was credited with the victory for KC, allowing only six hits and two runs over seven innings, striking out five.

KC had 15 hits and 11 runs over seven innings with one walk.

Freudensprung went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Rangers in hits.

KC 14, Paris JC 11

Paris Junior College tied the game up at 11 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, forcing extra innings. But the Rangers weren't finished with their offense, hitting two home runs in the top of the eighth inning to assure the win.

In the top of the eighth inning, Kourtlin Hunter smashed a home run to right field to give the Rangers the lead, 12-11. Kelsey Ahart then crushed a home run to right field, scoring two runs, to give KC a 14-11 advantage.

In the bottom of the eighth, KC pitcher Devyn Power forced two flyouts and a groundout to preserve the victory for KC.

The Rangers went ahead early in the first inning, scoring two runs, one with an RBI by Christina Herrera and Tori Tovar scoring from third base on a wild pitch.

KC kept the scoring going in the third inning by knocking in four runs with a ground ball by Kourtlin Hunter that scored Tovar, a ground ball by Herrera that scored Laci Hambalek, a single by Makenna Bell that scored Hunter and a single by Kaitlin Hunter that scored Herrera.

In the fifth inning KC scored when Camille Freudenspring scored from third base on a wild pitch.

KC scored three runs in the sixth inning with a home run by Herrera, a ground ball fielder's choice by Freudenspring that scored Hunter and a Tovar single that scored Freudensprung.

The Rangers collected 16 hits and only struck out twice.  Kourtlin Hunter led KC in hits with four hits in five at-bats and two RBI.  Tovar was 3-of-6 with one RBI.

Pitchers for KC were Taylor Christopher and Devyn Power who each pitched four innings.