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Six Kilgore College softball players moving on to next level

By Jack Stallard
April 30, 2013 at 10 p.m.


KILGORE - Kilgore College's first softball season, as expected, produced a lot of firsts on the field.

On Tuesday, the KC softball program produced a first off the field when six sophomores signed letters-of-intent to continue their careers at the next level.

Three players - Jessica Simon of Hallsville, Heather Bunn of Hugo, Okla. and Kaitlyn Hipsher of Canton - signed with Louisiana State University-Alexandria.

Also signing on Tuesday were Overton's Molly Mackey with the University of Louisiana-Monroe, Tricia Hock of Brazoria with Henderson State and Laura Martinez of Rosenberg with the University of Houston-Victoria.

"This group chose to come to Kilgore College," coach Leslie Messina said. "They all had other options, but chose to come here and be a part of starting a program ... to be a part of something bigger than themselves."

Kilgore finished its inaugural campaign with a 20-34 record overall and an 8-12 record in the Region XIV Conference.

Bunn and Hock were both named to the Region XIV Conference All-Conference Team on Tuesday.

Bunn hit .356 and led the Rangers with seven home runs and 36 RBIs to go along with nine doubles.

Hock was a .358 hitter with 14 doubles, three triples and 20 RBIs.

Hipsher hit .265 with two home runs, 25 RBis, nine doubles and one triple.

Mackey was a .256 hitter with six home runs, 29 RBIs, 10 doubles and a triple.

Martinez hit .331 with two doubles and 12 RBIs.

Simon was the team's pitching ace, finishing the season with a 10-8 record, a 3.65 earned run average, 80 strikeouts and 36 walks in 128.1 innings pitched.

Also on Tuesday, Kilgore College's Lakin Kerby, a former Hallsville standout, was named to the Region XIV Conference All-Conference second team.

Kerby hit .255 with five home runs, 21 RBIs and four doubles.

<em>(Follow Jack Stallard on Twitter: @lnjsports)</em>

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