Apr

27

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 27, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
ATHENS–The Mabank Panthers fell to the district leading Athens Hornets 13-3 on a run rule in their April 22 game in Athens.
The Hornets were the “visiting” team in their own stadium. The game was originally planned to be played in Mabank but heavy rain caused unplayable field conditions for the game.
Athens scored early on in the first inning when Jeremy Bateman led the game off with a double. Paden Quade got on base next and Brandon Boyd hit a two-run RBI to score Bateman and Quade. Alex Fernandez later scored on a error to make it 3-0.
Athens made it 4-0 in the second inning when Landon Bynum knocked in Peyton Brewer on a sacrifice fly.
Mabank responded in the third inning and cut into the Athens lead. Dalton Penix got on base and scored when Trey Neighbors hit a double to bat him in and make the score 4-1.
Later in the inning, a single by Corey Flores scored Ty Winklevoss and a third strick that was dropped scored Dylan Truelove to make the game 4-3 in Athen’s favor.
Athens put the game away in the fifth inning when they scored nine runs off Neighbors and relief pitcher Kobey Roberts. Athens scored first when Fernandez knocked in Bynum with a single to make it 5-3.
Later in the inning, Boyd knocked in Quade with a double and Luis Valdez scored on a walk to make it 7-3. Brewer then hit a two-run RBI single to score Fernandez and Boyd. Bateman singled to score Valdez and Brewer made it 10-3 when he scored on an overthrow.
Bateman, Bynum and Fernandez all scored again in the inning for the 13-3 final score. The win makes Athens 10-1 in district play.

Apr

27

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 27, 2016

1st brady williams age 6 and under

Courtesy Photo/Mendy Davis
Brady Williams (right), who won first place in the six and under division poses with his catch after recieving his award during the Kid Fishing event at Purtis Creek State Park, April 23.

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
PURTIS CREEK–More than 60 fish were caught and just under 400 kids were angler education certified and received their very own rod and reel provided by the Friends of Purtis Creek at the annual “Kid Fish” event, held April 23 at Purtis Creek State Park in Eustace.
Three different age groups competed in the event and the top three from each age group recieved medals.
In the six and under category, the first place winner was Brady Williams. Cate Coker won second place and Colt Pope won third.
In the seven through 12 division, the first place winner was Wyatt Standridge. Jasmine Grover won second place and Gracie Standridge was third.
In the 13 through 16 division Mark Walters took home first place. Seth Johnson won second and Hunter Mercer was third.
Robert Mercer Jr. set a lake record for the Junior Angler Channel Catfish. His catch was 15.25” long and .096 pounds.
“Our event was a huge success,” Purtis Creek State Park Superintendent Mendy Davis said. “I would like to thank board members Carei and Bobby Bobbitt for volunteering and supporting the event. I would also like to thank our other sponsors and partners for helping to make this possible.”
Sponsors for the event included Friends of Purtis Creek, Cabela’s, Kiddie Kampus of Eustace, Brookshire’s, Nestle Waters, Trinity Valley Electric Coop, Dr. Pepper, Texas Forrest Service, Communication Division Hunter Education, Communication Division Angler Education, TPWD Game Wardens, TPWD State Park Police Officers, Regional Natural and Cultural Resource Specialists and Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Director and Volunteers.

Apr

22

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 22, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
EUSTACE–The Eustace Bulldogs fell to Frankston 11-1 in their April 15 game.
Cory Strawn started at pitcher for Eustace and struckout five batters. Hayden Shaddox came in later in the game and struck out two. Eustace had five hits in all.
Frankston got out to a fast start and had three runs in the first inning to put Eustace behind early.
Eustace responded by scoring a run in the second inning but they also gave up a run in the bottom of the second to make the score 4-1.
Frankston scored another run in the third and then three more in the fourth to really open up the game. Eustace was able to get hits but they could not score any runs.
Neither team scored in the fifth inning. Frankston scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to win the game 11-1 on a run rule.
Frankston had a great offensive night and finished the game with 17 hits. They only had one error.
Eustace played their next game on the road against Rice, who they had previously beaten 8-3 at home in April. Rice had a big sixth inning and came away with a 3-2 victory.
Chris Carlson started the game for Eustace at pitcher and struck out four batters in seven innings of work.
For the first four innings nobody scored. Both pitchers played well and not many hits would fall for either team.
Eustace finally broke through and had two runs in the fifth inning, thanks to big hits by Rusty Rodgers and Gannon Kirkhart.
Rice responded in the final inning and scored three clutch runs when it counted to take a 3-2 lead. Eustace had one more chance to put up a run but failed in the top of the seventh inning.
Kirkhart led Eustace with three hits, Rodgers had two. Carlson had 14 first pitch strikes. Cody Strawn was walked twice and Mikey Marshall was walked once. Kirkhart and Zach Compton had both RBIs for the Bulldogs.
The two losses drop Eustace to 11-10 and 4-4 in district play. They are in a tie for fourth place with Malakoff who has already beaten them twice this season.
Mildred has already won the district, and Troup and Frankston are tied for second place with 8-4 district records.
Eustace will need to play well in their final two games to grab the final playoff spot in the district.