Baseball, softball continue across Cherokee County

by By Michelle Dillon Staff Writer


Two wins in a week for Indians

The Jacksonville Indians defeated John Tyler twice last week.

The first match, played at home, ended in a 6-2 victory for the Indians.

Jacksonville plated two runs in the first inning, three in the second and one more in the third without allowing a run for John Tyler through the first five innings. John Tyler managed two runs in the sixth inning, but it was too little to overcome the Indian lead.

The second win was on the road. Grant Walters pitched a five-inning shutout in the 12-0 victory. Jacksonville crossed the plate five times in the first inning, scored four runs in the second and two in the third.

In the fifth inning, Jacksonville plated one more run for the game. The team has a 4-8 season record, but have a winning 2-0 record in district play.

The Indians were to travel to Hallsville Tuesday, March 19, and will host Hallsville Friday, March 22.

Maidens now 4-0 in district

The Maidens, like their counterparts, won two games last week. They beat Pine Tree, 8-4, and then defeated Marshall, 2-1.

Though Pine Tree took the lead, 1-0, following the first inning, the Maidens plated five runs in the third, which would have been enough for the win.

Both teams scored once in the fourth inning, bringing the score to 6-2.

Jacksonville crossed home twice more in the sixth and Pine Tree answered with two runs in the seventh, though it was not enough to overcome the Maiden lead. Saylor Williams pitched the seven-inning game, earning seven strikeouts.

Williams also pitched the seven-inning win over Marshall, fanning 14 batters in the game.

After three non-scoring innings, Marshall plated the first run of the game at the top of the fourth. Following two more innings without a score, the Maidens plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh to finish the game, taking the 2-1 win.

The Maidens’ season record stands at 13-2-1, with four wins and no losses in league play. The Maidens were to travel to Whitehouse Tuesday, March 19, and will host Hallsville Friday, March 19.


Eagles lose one, win one

The Rusk Eagles lost a non-district game to Robinson, 8-1.

The Eagles faired better against Wills Point, defeating the Tigers, 3-2.

After two scoreless innings, the Tigers plated a single run in the top of the third.

Rusk didn’t answer until they crossed the plate with a run in the bottom of the fifth.

With a tied score, Wills Point took the lead by scoring a second run in the sixth inning.

The Eagles plated two in the bottom of the seventh and final inning to win the game, 3-2.

Andrew Gates pitched three and 2/3 innings and Mason Cirkel pitched thee and 1/3. Each pitcher struck out four batters.

The Eagles bear a 10-6 season record. The Eagles were to host Canton Tuesday, March 19, and will open league play Friday, March 22, when they host Palestine.

Lady Eagles shutout Van

The Lady Eagles hosted Van Friday, March 15, vanquishing the Vandals, 7-0.

Rusk took a 3-0 lead following the first inning, which would have captured the win.

The team added three more runs in the third inning and a final run in the sixth.

Tatum Goff pitched the seven-inning victory, striking out 15 batters. The team has a 10-4-1 record and was to begin district action Tuesday, March 19, on the road at Mexia.

The Lady Eagles will host Palestine Friday, March 22.


Yellowjackets fall in 2 non-district games

The Alto Yellowjackets lost two non-district games last week.

The first loss was to Douglass, 6-1. Foster Hall pitched five and 2/3 innings with four strikeouts.

Todd Duplichain pitched one and 1/3 innings, fanning two.

The New Waverly Bulldogs beat Alto, 14-3.

Cody Watson pitched three innings, striking out four. Todd Duplichain pitched the remaining two innings.

The Yellowjackets hold a 5-6 season record and are 0-1 in district.

Alto was to travel to Cushing Tuesday, March 19, and will host Kennard Friday, March 22.

Lady Jackets split

a pair of games

The Lady Jackets won one and lost one last week.

The victory over Joaquin was by a score of 11-4. Following two innings without a score, both teams plated three runs in the third.

The Lady Jackets held Joaquin scoreless in the fourth, while crossing home plate five times.

Alto added three runs in the fifth inning. Joaquin scored a single run in the sixth inning, but it was far too little in the end.

The Lady Jackets fell to the Cushing Galkats, 7-3.

Alto plated a run in the first inning and two more in the third to take a 3-0 lead.

Cushing scored a run in the fifth, bringing the score to 3-1.

In the seventh and final inning of the game, Cushing would plate six runs to take the win.

The Lady Jackets were to travel to Timpson Tuesday, March 19, and will host Garrison Friday, March 22.


Tigers slam two wins

The Troup Tigers took two wins last week with a shutout over Gladewater, 8-0, and a victory over Sabine, 12-6.

The duo of Jaden Lewis and Jordan Elliott teamed up to pitch the shutout against Gladewater.

Lewis pitched five innings with seven strikeouts. Elliott pitched the remaining two innings.

Troup took the early lead against Sabine, scoring a single run in the second inning.

In response, Sabine plated three in the third with another run in the fourth inning, to take the 4-1 lead.

Troup crossed home three times in the fifth, but Sabine plated two runs in the same inning. The Tigers scored eight runs in the sixth while preventing Sabine from crossing home, giving Troup the 12-6 win.

Troup was to host White Oak Tuesday, March 19, and will travel to Harmony Friday, March 22.

Lady Tigers shut out Gladewater

The Troup Lady Tigers shutout Gladewater, 10-0.

Lindsay Davis fanned 13 batters in five innings’ work, allowing only one walk and one hit during the game. Tayler Vance hit a home run, the first for the senior player.

“It was a total team effort tonight from our freshmen al the way to our seniors,” stated head coach Sam Weeks. “I am beyond proud of what these young ladies are accomplishing this season.”

The Lady Tigers are now 10-5 for the season, 3-0 in district.

The game at Sabine was cancelled due to field conditions and was rescheduled for Monday, March 18.

The Lady Tigers were to host White Oak Tuesday, March 19, and will travel to Harmony Friday, March 22.


Panthers win 3 in competition

The Bullard Panthers win three in a week.

In a shutout against Kemp, Bullard won, 10-0. Mason Kelley pitched the seven-inning shutout, fanning 14 batters.

The Panthers earned a 5-2 victory over the Van Vandals.

Following a scoreless first two innings, Bullard plated four runs in the third. Van crossed the plate once in the fourth, answered by a single run by the Panthers in the fifth, brining the score to 5-1 in Bullard’s favor.

The Vandals plated one more run in the sixth inning, but it was too little to overcome the Panther lead.

Colton Bowman pitched five innings, striking out 14 batters. C.J. Gardner pitched the remaining two innings.

Facing the Whitehouse Wildcats, Bullard pulled out a 5-1 win after 10 innings of play.

Following two scoreless innings, the Wildcats plated a single run to take the lead.

After another two scoreless innings, Bullard answered with a run of their own.

With the game tied at one all, no team scored for another three innings. Finally, in the tenth inning, Bullard plated four runs to win the game, 5-1.

Hagen Smith pitched six innings, fanning 16 batters, and Tanner Fowler pitched four innings, striking out six.

Bullard’s season record is 10-3-2 and 1-0 in district. Bullard was to travel to Gilmer Tuesday, March 19, and will host Gilmer Friday, March 22.

Lady Panthers

rip up Lady Dawgs

The Lady Panthers hosted Carthage, defeating the Lady Dawgs, 3-2.

Carthage took an early 1-0 lead following the first inning.

Bullard finally responded in the third inning, plating two runs and taking the lead.

The Lady Panthers added a run in the fourth inning. The Lady Dawgs plated one run in the fifth, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Bullard. Ariel Matula pitched the seven-inning match, striking out four.

The Lady Panthers carry a 12-5-2 season record and were to begin district play by hosting Gilmer Tuesday, March 19. The team will travel to Kilgore Friday, March 22.