Lady Eagles, Maidens and both Bullard teams maintaining perfect records in district softball, baseball play

April 10, 2019

By Michelle Dillon


Lady Eagles maintain a perfect 5-0 district record

The Lady Eagles softball team had a bye Tuesday, April 2, and as a result only played one game last week, garnering another win. The Lady Eagles hosted Mexia, defeating the Lady Cats, 11-4.

Rusk had a two-run lead following the first inning. Mexia plated a run in the second inning, but the Lady Eagles scored two more runs. In the fourth inning, Rusk plated another run, increasing their lead, 5-1. At the top of the sixth, Mexia crossed the plate three times closing the gap, 5-4, but Rusk answered with six runs at the bottom of the inning, insuring the win, 11-4.

Marissa Perry pitched five innings, striking out two batters. Alanna Goldsmith pitched two innings, also fanning two.

They were to travel to Palestine Tuesday, April 9, and will travel to Madisonville Friday, April 12.

Eagles pitch shutout

The Rusk Eagles are now 4-0 in district. In a non-league game Tuesday, April 2, the Eagles defeated Spring Hill, 4-0. Pitching the shutout was J.D. Thompson, who struck out four batters in the game.

In district play Friday, April 5, the Eagles defeated Mexia, 10-2. Mason Cirkel and Andrew Gates teamed up for the win. Cirkel pitched five innings, striking out three.

The Eagles were to travel to Palestine Tuesday, April 9, and will travel to Madisonville Friday, April 12.


Yellowjackets sting Wells Pirates

Two Cherokee County teams faced off on the diamond when Alto visited Wells Tuesday, April 2, edging out the Pirates, 5-4.

Alto plated three runs in the first inning, taking the early lead, 3-0. Following two scoreless innings, Wells crossed home three times in the fourth inning to tie the game. Following two more scoreless innings, the Alto Yellowjackets plated two more runs in the seventh. The Pirates could only manage a single run at the bottom of the seventh, handing the win to Alto, 5-4.

The Yellowjackets traveled to Douglass Friday, April 5, losing to the Indians, 7-6.

Alto now has an overall 9-8 record, 4-2 in district.

The Yellowjackets were to host Groveton Tuesday, April 9, and will host Cushing Friday, April 12.


Maidens beat Panthers, Pirates

The Jacksonville Maidens picked up two wins last week.

The first victory came at Lufkin when the Maidens defeated the Panthers, 12-3. Saylor Williams pitched the seven-inning game, striking out three batters.

The second win for the week was a shutout at Pine Tree, 11-0. In five innings’ worth of work, Williams struck out nine batters.

The Maidens now carry a 10-0 record in district.

The Maidens were to travel to Marshall on Tuesday, April 9, and were to host Whitehouse Friday, April 12.

Indians win one, lose one to Pirates

The Jacksonville Indians hosted Pine Tree-Longview, defeating the Pirates, 11-8. Jacarri Hamlett and Josh Holcomb combined to pitch the seven-inning win. Hamlett pitched 5 and 1/3 innings, fanning nine batters.

The Indians traveled to Pine Tree Friday, April 5, losing to the Pirates, 3-2, in a game that remained tied until the final inning. Grant Walters pitched 6 and 1/3 innings, earning six strikeouts. Josh Holcomb pitched 2 and 2/3 innings, striking out one.

The Indians were to travel to Lufkin Tuesday, April 9, and then host the Panthers on Friday, April 12.


Panthers 7-0 in district play

The Bullard Panthers carry a perfect 7-0 record in district, 16-3-2 overall, following two wins over Chapel Hill last week.

The Panthers hosted Chapel Hill Tuesday, April 2, defeating the Bulldogs in a shutout, 7-0. Colton Bowman pitched the seven-inning shutout, striking out 12 batters.

The Panthers traveled to Bulldog territory Friday, April 5, defeating Chapel Hill, 7-1. Bullard had plated six runs through the fifth inning. Chapel Hill scored a run in the sixth. Though the single score did not come close to overtaking the Panthers, Bullard plated another run in the seventh, winning the game, 7-1.

The Panthers were to visit Kilgore Tuesday, April 9, and will host Kilgore Friday, April 12.

Lady Panthers holding perfect district record

The Bullard Lady Panthers retain a perfect 6-0 district record, 18-5-2 overall.

The Lady Panthers defeated Spring Hill, 16-1. Bullard took a 2-1 lead after the first inning. The Lady Panthers plated three more runs in the second, increasing the lead, 5-1. In the bottom of the third inning, after preventing Spring Hill from crossing home, Bullard scored 11 runs. Ariel Matula pitched the three-inning win, striking out five.

The Lady Panthers beat Gilmer, 10-2. Ahead 2-1 after the first two innings, Bullard plated three more runs in the third to increase their lead, 5-1. Bullard scored three more runs by the top of the sixth before Gilmer answered with another run at the bottom of the same inning. With an 8-2 lead, Bullard plated two more runs in the final inning, securing the 10-2 win.

The Lady Panthers were to host Gilmer Tuesday, April 9, and will travel to Henderson Friday, April 12.


Tigers beat Winona, Gladewater

With 24 runs off 16 hits, the Troup Tigers mauled the Winona Wildcats, 24-1. The Tigers plated four runs in the first inning to the one and only run Winona would score. Troup had a 10-run rally in the second inning, plated five in the third inning and scored four runs in the fourth with one final run in the fifth. Brandon Metz pitched two innings, striking out three. Jordan Elliott pitched two innings, fanning three. Cade Jones pitched one inning of the game.

Grayson Driggs led the team in the number of hits with four. Jaden Lewis led in RBIs with five runs batted in.

At Gladewater, Troup beat the Bears in a low-scoring game, 3-1. The Tigers scored first, plating a run in the top of the third and scoring twice more in the fifth. Gladewater crossed home once in the sixth inning to prevent the shutout, but still lost to Troup, 3-1. Weslee Ross and Lewis teamed up on the mound for the win. Ross pitched five innings, fanning seven batters. Lewis pitched two innings, striking out five.

Troup was to host Sabine Tuesday, April 9, and will Travel to White Oak Friday, April 12.

Troup Lady Tigers win two

The Troup Lady Tigers added two more wins to their district record, now 8-2.

The team traveled to Winona where they defeated the Wildcats, 18-1. Troup plated four, five and three runs in the first three innings respectively, while preventing Winona from crossing home plate. In the fourth inning, the Lady Tigers scored three more runs for a total of 15. They did allow a single run for Winona in the same inning, which prevented the shutout. Troup plated three additional runs in the fifth and final inning of the game, taking the 18-1 win.

Taylor Vance took the mound for four innings, striking out five batters. Lindsay Davis pitched the final inning, striking out three.

Playing against Gladewater, the Lady Tigers picked up a 16-0 win. Lindsay Davis, Emily Neel and Grace Stone led in hits with two apiece. Stone led in RBIs with four runs batted in. Jessie Minnix brought in three. Davis pitched the five-inning game, striking out 11 batters.

The Lady Tigers were to host Sabine Tuesday, April 9, and will travel to White Oak Friday, April 12.