Maidens, Lady Eagles, Lady Panthers earn district championships

by By Michelle Dillon


Maidens vie for bi-district title

The final game of the season for the Maidens resulted in a shutout win against John Tyler, 22-0. Asjia Canady pitched the three-inning game, striking out seven batters.

Emily Moreira led in runs batted in with five RBIs, while Jordyn Whitaker had three RBIs and Gracie Jackson, two.

The Jacksonville Maidens, having fallen to the Hallsville Ladycats last week, finish the district schedule as District 16-5A co-district champions with the Ladycats.

The teams each took a win over the other, with both Jacksonville and Hallsville ending the season with 13-1 district records.

The Maidens will play Texas High for the bi-district title, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 26 at Longview High School.

Indians to end district play

The Jacksonville Indians played two games last week against the Whitehouse Wildcats, losing both.

The first game was a shutout, 19-0, and the second finish was a closer score of 11-1.

The Indians will conclude their district schedule this week.

They were slated to play at Marshall Tuesday, April 23, and will host Marshall Friday, April 26.


Eagles beat the Eagles

The Rusk Eagles had a single game scheduled last week. The team hosted the Fairfield Eagles, defeating the visiting Eagles, 7-2.

Rusk took a 3-0 lead following the first inning.

The second inning was scoreless, but Fairfield plated two runs in the third inning.

Though it decreased the Rusk lead, it would be the only score for Fairfield.

Rusk plated an additional run in the fourth and three more in the fifth inning ensuring the victory.

Andrew Gates pitched the seven-inning win, striking out 10 batters.

The Rusk Eagles, with a 7-2 district record, were to complete league play at Mexia, Tuesday, April 23.

Lady Eagles end season as district champs

The Rusk Lady Eagles completed their season with a single run win over the Fairfield Lady Eagles, 3-2.

Rusk was first to score, with a single run in each of the second and third innings. Fairfield tied the score by plating two runs in the fourth.

Rusk plated an additional run in the sixth inning to take the lead and the win.

Alanna Goldsberry struck out 10 batters in seven innings of work.

The Lady Eagles finished the season with a 7-1 record to become District 19-4A champions.

They will participate in a one-game bi-district playoff game against Jasper beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Rusk High School.


’Jackets win one, lose one

The Alto Yellowjackets played two sets of Indians with two different results.

The Yellowjackets fell to the Douglass Indians, 13-0, but defeated the Groveton Indians, 5-3.

Alto plated two runs in the first inning and another in the third. Groveton crossed home once in the fourth inning. The Yellowjackets scored two more runs in the fifth to increase their lead, 5-1.

The Indians scored twice more in the bottom of the seventh, but it was too little to overcome the Yellowjackets.

Alto was to visit Cushing Tuesday, April 23, and will finish their district schedule at Groveton Friday, April 26. The team currently holds a 7-3 district record.

Lady ’Jackets beat Wells

The Alto Lady Jackets played fellow Cherokee County residents, the Wells Lady Pirates, defeating their neighbors, 10-7.

The Lady Jackets opened with four runs in the first inning. The Lady Pirates responded with two in the second inning.

Alto plated another run in the third and added three in the fourth. It wasn’t until the fifth inning that Wells added three runs to their total, but Alto also added a run to remain in the lead, 9-5.

Each team crossed home plate once in the sixth inning. Wells scored one more run in the final inning, but Alto had secured the win, 10-7.


Lady Panthers end perfect season as district champs

The Bullard Lady Panthers completed their season picking up two more wins for a perfect 10-0 district record, becoming District 16-4A champions.

The Lady Panthers defeated both Chapel Hill, 10-0, and Spring Hill, 18-1, to complete their district schedule.

The Lady Panthers will play Pleasant Grove for the bi-district title with the first game beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, April 26, and the second game at noon Saturday, April 27.

If a third game is necessary, it will take place following game two.

The contests will be held at East Texas Baptist University.

Panthers win two

The Bullard Panthers won two games over Spring Hill last week. The first game was a near shutout, 10-1. Bryce Jewell led with three hits. In runs batted in, Mason Kelley led the team with two.

The second game resulted in a shutout of Spring Hill, 1-0. The only two hits of the game came off the bats of Ryley Sharp and Landry Lasseter.

The Panthers carried a 9-2 district record going into this week and were to complete the district schedule by hosting the Henderson Lions Tuesday, April 23.


Tigers to host Winona

The Troup Tigers lost a low-scoring shutout to Harmony, 3-0.

The team defeated the West Rusk Raiders, 9-1. Pitching against the Raiders were Brandon Metzig and Weslee Ross.

Metzig pitched four innings, fanning five batters. Ross pitched three innings, striking out four.

Metzig lead in runs batted in with two RBIs and Grayson Driggs led in hits with three.

The team was to complete their district schedule by hosting Winona Tuesday, April 23.

Lady Tigers ends season

The Troup Lady Tigers concluded their district schedule last week, dropping two games.

The Lady Tigers lost to Harmony, 4-3. Following two scoreless innings, Troup took a three-run lead in the third. Harmony failed to score until the fifth inning, plating two runs. Though it looked like the win might go to Troup, Harmony managed to plate an additional two runs in the final inning, taking the win. Lindsay Davis pitched the game, striking out seven.

The team traveled to New London

The team finished the season with a 9-5 district record. The Lady Tigers enters post-season play as the fourth seed for District 16-3A. They will play Hughes Springs at East Texas Baptist University in a best two out of three series. The first game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 25. The second game is set for 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, with a third game to follow, if necessary.