The Kilgore College Rangers got two must-needed conference wins April 11 in Athens, defeating the Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals 6-5 and 4-3. With the wins, KC improves to 16-18 overall and 9-9 in Region XIV play.
KC 6, TVCC 5:
The Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals almost erased a five-run deficit, but the Kilgore College Rangers hung on for a 6-5 victory.
KC built a five-run lead in the third inning and TVCC managed five runs in the failed comeback.
The Rangers got things started in the first inning when Kourtlin Hunter drove in a run on a single, scoring Tori Tovar.
Shelby Edwards scored next from third base when Taylor Christopher grounded out to the second baseman.
In the top of the second inning Shelby Edwards drove in two runs on a double, scoring Tovar and Alyssa Maldonado.
In the top of the third, Kaitlin Hunter homered to put KC ahead, 5-0.
Kaitlin Hunter added one final run in the top of the seventh on a single that scored Kourtlin Hunter.
Devyn Power was the winning pitcher for KC, last seven innings, allowing six hits and five runs while striking out three with no walks.
KC had 10 hits on the day with Tovar, Kaitlin Hunter and Edwards all collecting multiple hits.
Tovar went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead KC in hits.
KC 4, TVCC 3:
The Rangers grabbed the lead for the first time in the sixth inning and held on to defeat TVCC, 4-3.
The game was tied at three with the Rangers batting in the top of the sixth when Kelsey Ahart hit a ground ball and scored Alyssa Maldonado on an error.
TVCC got things moving in the second inning, scoring one run on a single.
In the top of the fifth inning, KC's Taylor Christopher grounded out, scoring one run.
TVCC had one final opportunity in the bottom of the seventh. After walking a batter, KC pitcher Katy Worrell forced two flyouts to put two outs on the board for TVCC.
On the next pitch, KC catcher Shelby Edwards caught a TVCC player stealing second base and threw a perfect strike to second baseman Taylor Christopher to get the final out and earn the victory.
Worrell was the winning pitcher for the Rangers, lasting seven innings, allowing seven hits, three runs and striking out four.
The Rangers scattered eight hits in the game with Alyssa Maldonado and Shelby Edwards each having multiple hits.
Maldonado went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Rangers in hits.