HILLSBORO, TX -- The Kilgore College softball team rallied from five runs down in the sixth inning, but came up just short, losing to Hill College, 11-10, in the first game of a double-header.
KC scored four runs in the failed comeback wth a safcifice fly by Marissa Medina, an RBI single by Natalie Castillo, and a two-RBI single by Calleigh King.
The Rangers scored first in the game in the top of the first inning with a home run by Castillo over the center field fence.
In the bottom of the first, Radcliffe doubled, scoring Shelby Pelton to tie things up, 1-1.
Adrienne Lewing homered to left field in the top of the second to put KC ahead, 2-1, but the Ranger lead was short-lived.
In the second inning, the Hilltoppers scored six runs with a grand slam by Allie Wheeler and a two-run home run by Ratcliffe.
Madalyn Brewer doubled on a line drive to score Medina in the third inning, but Hill College responded in the bottom of the inning by scoring two runs on Ranger errors.
In the fourth inning, Brewer had an RBI double, scoring Daja Montgomery.
After holding Hill College scoreless in the bottom of the fourth, Lewing hit her second home run of the day to get within three runs of the Hilltoppers, 9-6, in the fifth inning.
Hill College scored again in the fifth inning on a Ranger error to make the score 10-6.
KC scored four runs in the seventh inning, but came up just one run short.
Hannah Spring pitched all seven innings, allowing 10 runs on 14 hits and striking out 10
Jenna Lewis pitched for KC, surrendering 10 runs on 11 hits over four and a third innings, striking out seven.
Castillo threw one and two-thirds innings in relief out of the bullpen.
KC had 14 hits in the game with King, Hannah Grumbles, Lewing, Castillo, Madalyn Spears and Brewer all with multiple hits.
King was 3-for-5 at the plate to lead the Rangers in hits.
Hill College racked up 14 hits with Madison Forrester leading the Hilltoppers with four hits in all four at-bats.