Thursday, May 13th 2021

Rangers defeat NTCC to advance to regional tournament


KILGORE, TX -- Kilgore College's Caison Nachtigall drove in the walk-off run to defeat the Northeast Texas Community College Eagles, 7-6, to earn a spot in the Region XIV East Conference Tournament.

The Rangers (14-26-1) will play Trinity Valley Community College in the first round of the tournament at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 14, at UT Tyler.

Nachtigall singled on a 1-1 count in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring Dajah Montgomery for the win as the KC bench stormed the field in a postgame victory celebration.

The Rangers opened up the scoring in the first inning when Makayla Trevino doubled on the first pitch, scoring two runs.

NTCC scored twice in the top of the third on an error and a steal of home to tie the game up at two.

KC took the lead in the bottom of the third on a steal of home by Marissa Medina.

After NTCC scored three runs in the top of the fifth, KC answered with three of their own to take a 6-5 lead with a two-RBI single by  Montgomery and an RBI single by Calleigh King.

The Eagles tied the game at six in the top of the sixth on an error.

In the bottom of the seventh, Montgomery singled, Hannah Grumbles walked and King drew a walk to load the bases for Nachtigall's winning RBI single.

Marissa Medina pitched four and two-thirds innings, allowing only five hits and five runs over four and two-thirds innings, striking out one.

Jenna Lews relieved Medina, pitching two and a third innings, allowing only one run, striking out three.

Ayers was in the pitcher's circle for NTCC allowing six runs on five hits in four and two-third innings, striking out four. Emily Cole threw two innings in relief.

KC had eight hits in the game with Montgomery and Medina collecting multiple hits.

KC is the No. 6 seed in the regional tournament, facing No. 3-seeded TVCC. A win against the Cardinals would pit the Rangers against No. 2-seeded Tyler at 7:30 p.m. Friday.  A loss in the first game would send the Rangers to a noon game Saturday.

PHOTO ABOVE: Marissa Medina watches the pitcher looking for a chance to steal second base. Medina had four stolen bases in the contest. Photo by Catie Denfeld/KC Marketing