LUMBERTON, TX -- The Kilgore College softball team won its first two conference victories March 3 thanks to stellar offense and gritty pitching efforts.
KC 5, Lamar State 4
Despite seeing KC's four-run lead whittled down to a run, the Rangers still held off the Lamar State College-Port Arthur Seahawks for a 5-4 victory.
The Rangers got on the scoreboard first in the third inning with three runs from an RBI double by Maddie Brewer, an RBI single by Marissa Medina and an RBI single by Adrrienne Lewing.
LSC answered with a run in the bottom of the third with an RBI double.
The Rangers scored again in the top of the sixth with an RBI double by Lizzy Torres, and scored in the top of the seventh with an RBI double by Brewer.
Kaitlyn Samarripa crushed a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh, but that was as close at the Seahawks would get, losing 5-4.
Jenna Lewis was the winning pitcher for KC, allowing four runs on seven hits and striking out seven in all seven innings.
Cameron Niedenthal was in the pitcher's circle for LSC, allowing five runs on nine hits, striking out six and walking one. Kayci Spittler threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.
KC racked up 11 hits in the game with Adrienne Lewing, Remington Denman, Madalyn Spears and Maddie Brewer each collecting multiple hits.
Lewing was 3-for-4 at the plate to lead KC in hits.
KC 18, Lamar State 7
KC stole the lead late and defeated Lamar State College 18-7 on Wednesday. With the game tied at seven in the top of the sixth inning, Hannah Grumbles doubled on a 0-1 count, scoring two runs.
Adrienne Lewing had four hits in five at bats to lead the Rangers to victory. Lewing homered in the first, singled in the fifth, singled in the sixth and singled in the seventh.
The Rangers got things moving in the first inning with a Lewing homer on a 3-2 count, scoring two runs.
Macie McGibney earned the victory on the mound for KC, allowing seven runs on seven hits and striking out three in five innings.
Marissa Medina threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Kaitlyn Samarripa was on the mound for LSC, allowing 10 hits and eight runs over five and a third innings, striking out four.
Alexa Garza and Kayci Spittler entered the game from the bullpen, throwing one inning and two-thirds of an inning respectively.
KC had three home runs with Makayla Trevino in the seventh inning, Lewing in the first inning and Grumbles in the seventh inning.
The Rangers tallied 18 hits in the game with Lewing, Grumbles, Brewer, Calleigh King and Medina each racking up multiple hits.
Lewing led KC with four hits in five at bats.