Mar

22

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 22, 2017

By Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACE–The Eustace Lady Bulldogs used a four-run sixth inning to pull away from Quitman for a 7-3 district win at Eustace field Friday, March 17.
Coming into the bottom of the sixth inning tied at 3-3, Lady Bulldog Courtney Smith reached on an error. After Ashlyne Burke walked, Chevy Jones singled to drive in Smith, which also put runners at first and third with no outs. Rachael Cook hit a ground ball to second to drive in another run and put the Lady Bulldogs up 5-3. After a flyout to left kept runners at first and third with two outs, Jaci Gray lined a triple to right field to score to put Eustace up by three runs. up 7-3. A passed ball by the Quitman catcher brought in the final run of the inning for Eustace. Olivia Herring struck out the side in the top of the seventh inning to close the win for the Lady Bulldogs.
The game was close throughout until the final Eustace at-bat. The Lady Bulldogs got the scoring started in the bottom of the first inning. Cook got on with a bunt single and moved to second base on a throwing error. After a Zoie Bailey walk, Gray singled in a run for the 1-0 Eustace lead.
Quitman tied the game in the top of the second inning with a walk, a fielder’s choice ground out and a single.
Quitman took the lead 2-1 in the top of the third inning on a couple singles. The inning ended for Quitman when a runner was thrown out advancing to third.
Eustace regained the lead in the bottom of the third inning. Cook had her second hit of the game on a single to center. With one out, Gray reached on an infield single to third base.The Quitman pitcher then battled a bout with wildness with the next two hitters. Herring was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Haley Purselley got hit with the very next pitch to drive home Cook. Nancy Lowe reached on an error, driving in the go-ahead run.
The inning ended on a strange play as Smith hit a sacrifice fly to left field, but the baserunner at second passed the baserunner at third for the automatic out.
Quitman again tied the score in the top of the fifth inning on a single, an error and a double to left.
This set the stage for the big sixth inning for the host Lady Bulldogs.
Cook went 3-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, Gray was 3-3 (and was hit by a pitch) with two RBIs and a run scored.
Purselley finished the night with one run batted in. Lowe went 1-3 and drove in a run and Jones had a single, an RBI and a stolen base.
Lowe also pitched five innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits.
Herring came on in relief and threw the final two innings, retiring all six batters faced, including striking out the side in the seventh.
Eustace will be traveling to Mineola to take on the Lady Yellowjackets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 in a district battle.

Mar

22

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 22, 2017

By Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–The Kemp Yellowjackets staged a furious rally in the last few minutes of their season finale against Van, but ultimately came up short, losing 2-1 at Yellowjacket Stadium Saturday, March 18 on Senior Day. The ’Jacket boys and girls teams were honored between the two games.
The ’Jackets took a 1-0 lead just four and a half minutes into the match. Senior forward/midfielder Jose Rico scored on a perfectly-placed free kick from about 20 yards out, sending the ball just over the hands of the Van goalkeeper and into the back of the net for the ’Jacket lead.
Van tied the score with 18 minutes remaining in the first half. A Van midfielder took a pass down the middle of the field, dribbled through the Kemp defense and sent a kick past diving Kemp senior goalkeeper Adolfo Viguerrias to even the score at 1-1. The score stayed tied into the second half as both teams played good defense for the rest of the half.
Van had a chance to score on a breakaway with 28 minutes remaining in the game, but Viguerrias swatted away a Van opportunity, preserving the 1-1 tie.
Just six minutes later, Van scored when a Van player deflected a corner kick past Viguerrias for a 2-1 lead.
The ’Jackets kept the pressure on offensively for the last 20 minutes of the game, but could not get another one past the Van goalkeeper.
Kemp finishes the season 2-14-1, including a big 1-0 win against rival Mabank.

Mar

17

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 17, 2017

By Rollin Hadsell
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–The Mabank Panthers had trouble getting anything going against the North Lamar pitching staff in a 10-1 loss March 14 at home.
The North Lamar Panthers used steady pitching and broke the game open in the top of the seventh inning to pull away for the win.
North Lamar got the scoring started in the top of the third inning with a walk and two singles, the last one scoring the first runs of the game and giving North Lamar a 2-0 lead.
Mabank answered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Junior Dalton Penix laced a two-out double and senior Hunter Caves drove Penix in with a double of his own to make it a 2-1 game.
North Lamar threatened again in the fourth inning, but Mabank got out of the inning after throwing out a runner trying to take second base after a walk.
Mabank put two men on in the bottom of the fourth inning with one out, but after a strikeout, the North Lamar defense halted the rally after a Clay Conway line drive to left field was caught on a great sliding catch by the left fielder.
North Lamar added a run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly to take a 3-1 lead, and then added another run in the sixth to go up 4-1.
North Lamar had bases loaded with two outs, but senior Braden Rich induced a grounder to first to end the inning.
Mabank loaded the bases again in the bottom half of the sixth inning, on a hit by pitch and two walks, but could not get the timely hit.
North Lamar added six runs in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach.
Rich had two hits for the Panthers, Caves had a double and an RBI, sophomore Alynn Gentry had a single and a walk, Penix doubled and scored a run. Sophomore Kobey Roberts had a hit and sophomore Bradley Reynolds had a walk in the game.
The Panthers will be back in action at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 when they travel to Wills Point to take on the Tigers in a district matchup.