KCC softball wins two over Jackson College at home

A KCC softball player catches a ball in the outfield during a home game at Bailey Park in Battle Creek.

The Kellogg Community College softball team returned to winning form Tuesday with two wins over conference opponent Jackson College at home at Bailey Park in Battle Creek.

Below are results for the Bruins’ latest 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: KCC 9, Jackson 8

KCC softball defeated Jackson 9-8 in the first game of the team’s afternoon double header Tuesday.

On offense for the Bruins, freshman infielder Katelyn Leckie (Parchment/Parchment High School) hit 2-4, including an RBI; sophomore infielder/outfielder Kimberly Kucharczyk (Battle Creek/Lakeview High School) hit 2-4; sophomore infielder/outfielder Dakota Keating (Springport/Springport High School) hit 1-1, including 2 RBIs; sophomore pitcher Alexa Stephenson (Battle Creek/Pennfield High School) hit 1-3, including 2 RBIs; and sophomore pitcher Kylie Masko (Grand Haven/Grand Haven High School) hit 1-4, including a double and the game-winning RBI.

Sophomore catcher Kailyn Ebeling (Decatur/Decatur High School) and sophomore infielder Tyler Snyder (Portage/Portage Central High School) hit a home run apiece.

Stephenson got the win from the mound.

Head KCC Softball Coach Mike Miller said the Bruins responded to Jackson’s 8-6 lead in the seventh inning with “an impressive three-run, game-ending seventh” to take the first game of the day.

“Facing a ranked opponent and staying with them, run for run, shows the team we have,” Miller said. “Needing two going into the final at-bat didn’t phase us. Great job of winning the battle today.”

Game 2: KCC 22, Jackson 3

KCC wrapped up the team’s Tuesday doubleheader with a whopping 22-3 win over Jackson.

On offense for the Bruins, Snyder hit 4-4; Keating hit 3-3, including a home run; Kucharzyk hit 2-3, including two home-runs; Ebeling and Stephenson each hit 3-4; and Masko and sophomore outfielder Sarah Gwinn (Jackson/Jackson Northwest High School) each hit 2-4.

Coach Miller said the Bruins “kept the pedal to the metal with a no-doubt mercy-rule victory” to complete the sweep over the Jets.

“We have 14 games left with a week and half to get them in,” Miller said. “This should be the momentum we need to finish strong.”

The Season Continues

The latest results bring the Bruins’ overall record for the season so far to 7-15; the team’s conference record is 6-8.

The team plays next beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 26, against conference opponent Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor. The team’s next home game starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28, against conference opponent Muskegon Community College at home 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.

Head KCC Softball Coach Mike Miller can be reached at softballcoach@kellogg.edu.