KCC softball splits doubleheader with KVCC

KCC's 2018 softball team

The Kellogg Community College softball team split Saturday’s home opener with conference rival Kalamazoo Valley Community College at Bailey Park in Battle Creek.

Below are results for Saturday’s games. To sign up to receive KCC softball results by email, visit www.kellogg.edu/softball and fill out the “Get KCC Athletics Results by Email” form on the left side (desktop) or bottom (mobile) of the page.

Game 1: KVCC 10, KCC 2

KCC softball fell 10-2 in the team’s first game of the season at home Saturday at Bailey Park in Battle Creek.

On offense for the Bruins, sophomore infielder/outfielder Kimberly Kucharczyk (Battle Creek/Lakeview High School) hit 2-3 at the plate, including an RBI; sophomore outfielder Sarah Gwinn (Jackson/Jackson Northwest High School) hit 1-3 at the plate, including an RBI; and sophomore catcher Kailyn Ebeling (Decatur/Decatur High School)hit 1-3.

“Weather was a challenge for both teams,” Head KCC Softball Coach Mike Miller said. “We gave up six runs in the second inning to spot them a 7-0 lead early. We battled but came up short.”

Game 2: KCC 5, KVCC 2

KCC rallied in game two Saturday to split the day with KVCC by winning 5-2.

Sophomore infielder/outfielder Dakota Keating (Springport/Springport High School) hit 1-3, including a double; Kucharczyk hit 2-2, including a sacrifice bunt and an RBI; freshman infielder Katelyn Leckie (Parchment/Parchment High School) hit 1-3, including 2 RBIs; sophomore pitcher Kylie Masko (Grand Haven/Grand Have High School) hit 2-4, including an RBI; sophomore catcher Jenny Renfroe (Homer/Homer High School) hit 2-3; sophomore outfielder Jessica Roan (Battle Creek/Pennfield High School) hit 2-4; and sophomore infielder Tyler Snyder (Portage/Portage Central High School) hit 1-3, including a sacrifice fly RBI.

“Scored twice in the bottom of the first, played solid defense and tacked on three more in the bottom of the sixth to get a nice conference win,” Coach Miller said. “Great job of finishing the day strong and well-played game.”

Saturday’s play brings the Bruins’ overall record for the season so far to 2-8 and the team’s conference record to an even 1-1.

The team’s next game begins at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, against conference opponent Muskegon Community College in Muskegon. The team’s next home game begins at 3 p.m. Friday, March 30, against conference opponent Lansing Community College at Bailey Park in Battle Creek.

For more information about KCC’s softball team, including a full schedule, roster and links to official team and player photos available for download by fans and the press, visit www.kellogg.edu/softball.

Coach Miller can be reached at softballcoach@kellogg.edu.