Ranger softball team sweeps TVCC, improves to 7-3 in conference play

KILGORE, TX -- Kilgore College sophomore catcher Jo Rivera knocked in five RBI in a double-header March 25 versus Trinity Valley to help the Ranger softball team improve to 7-3 in Region XIV play.

Rivera finished the double-header 5-of-7 from the plate.  Rivera wasn't the only offensive standout Saturday.  KC freshman Taylor Christopher added four RBI in the sweep of the Cardinals, going 3-of-8 from the plate.

Pitcher Katy Worrell earned her 11th victory of the season in the first game (11-8 overall) and Lashanda Jones earned the victory in the second game to improve to 5-1 on the season on the mound.

Game one vs. TVCC:

The Rangers defeated Trinity Valley 10-4 March 25 thanks in part to Jo Rivera, who drove in four RBI with doubles in the second and sixth innings.

KC got an early lead on the Cardinals thanks to a double by Rivera and an error in the second inning.

Trinity Valley rallied, scoring four runs in the sixth inning with home runs by Torri Hedrick and Breana Florez.

Katy Worrell earned the win for KC in seven innings, surrendering four runs, six hits, striking out 12 and walking one.

Courtney Johnson took the loss for Trinity Valley.  She tossed five innings, gave up five runs, seven hits and struck out two.

KC had nine hits with Rivera, Shelby Edwards and Manda Wilmoth each with multiple hits.

Defensively, KC didn't commit a single error. Rivera had the most chances in the field with 13.

Game two vs. TVCC:

KC jumped out to an early lead over Trinity Valley and took home a 10-7 victory March 25 to improve to 19-15 overall and 7-3 in Region XIV play.

The Rangers scored first on a double by Amber Williams and a single in the first inning, followed by singles by Taylor Christopher and Manda Wilmoth in the second inning.

KC scored three runs in the third inning thanks to a home run by Laci Hambalek and a double by Christopher.

Trinity Valley CC scored four runs in the sixth inning, but KC was able to preserve the victory.

Kimberly Hughes took the loss for Trinity Valley, pitching one and one-third innings, giving up six runs, six hits and striking out one.

Kilgore College Rangers collected 12 hits with Jo Rivera, Kaitlyn Stebelton and Christopher each with multiple hits.

Christopher went 2-for-4 at the plate as she led KC with three runs batted in. 

Defensively, the Rangers didn't commit a single error in the field.

Lashanda Jones earned the win for KC to improve to 5-1 on the season. Jones pitched five innings, allowed three runs, five hits and struck out four batters.

Katy Worrell earned a save by recording the last three outs of the inning.  Worrell was one of threw one of three relief pitchers for the Rangers.