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Kilgore College softball season ends with Apaches, 13-3

By Jack Stallard
May 7, 2017 at 11:53 p.m.


LUFKIN — When the Kilgore College softball team looks back on the 2017 season, it will likely reflect mostly on playing games at a new home ballpark and setting records for wins in a season (33) and in conference play (19).

When the Rangers ponder Sunday's elimination loss to Hwy. 31 rival Tyler, the Apache Ladies' Mackenzie Goswick will be at the top of the list of bad memories.

Goswick homered, doubled, singled twice and drove in four runs, leading Tyler to a 13-3 win over the Rangers at the Region XIV Conference Softball Tournament hosted by Angelina College. The loss ends KC's season and the Rangers' first trip to the regional tournament in the five-year history of the program, at 33-23.

Tyler, which dropped a 4-2 decision to Galveston on Saturday, keeps its season alive and moves to 47-16 heading into today's action.

Goswick provided the power for Tyler, but leadoff hitter Briana Paysinger was a constant thorn in KC's side on Sunday, finishing the day 3-for-4 with an RBI and four runs scored.

Kilgore finished with eight hits, including two apiece by Kaitlyn Stebelton and Shelby Edwards. Edwards and Taylor Christopher drove in runs for KC.

Tyler struck first, scoring two runs in the top of the first when Paysinger singled and scored on a double by Hailee Weber and Weber hustled home on Goswick's double.

Kilgore answered with a pair in the bottom of the inning.

Stebelton led off with a single and took second when Tyler got lazy with the throw back to the infield. Hannah Carpenter tapped to the mound, and Stebelton raced home when the throw to try and get her at third sailed wide. Carpenter moved to second on the play, and she scored when Edwards singled to centerfield.

Kilgore loaded the bases, but Tyler pitcher Kelly Mardones settled down and got the final two outs.

Mardones earned the pitching win, working five innings and giving up three earned runs on five hits. Julia Knight finished with two scoreless frames.

Katy Worrell shouldered the pitching loss for Kilgore.

After Tyler went down in order in the second, Kilgore took its only lead of the tournament on an RBI single by Christopher to score Stebelton - who had bunted for a single with one out and moved into scoring position on a groundout off the bat of Carpenter.

Tyler then took control of things, scoring three in the third, three in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the seventh to turn things into a rout.

The third and fifth innings were particularly painful for KC, which got the first two outs in both of those innings before things came undone. An error was the culprit in the third, and in the fifth Tyler got three straight doubles after two outs had been recorded to stretch the lead to 10-3.

Goswick's two-run home run - her ninth of the year - highlighted a three-run seventh for Tyler that made the final 13-3.

(Follow Jack Stallard on Twitter:@lnjsports)

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