Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 13, 2014

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson Parker Johannesen slides safely into third base for Mabank April 8.

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson
Parker Johannesen slides safely into third base for Mabank April 8.

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK-The Mabank Panthers baseball team offense was on a tear Tuesday night, scoring 15 runs in just six innings for a 15-8 victory over the visiting Brownsboro Bears April 8.
Mabank’s offense got going early with two runs in the bottom of the first inning to take the early 2-0 lead. The second inning was quiet, but it was the calm before the storm.
Brownsboro got one back in the top of the third to make the score 2-1 but the Panthers bottom half of the inning essentially won the game for them. Eight Mabank runners crossed home plate in the third inning, giving the Panthers a 10-1 lead moving into the fourth inning.
One big inning was not enough for Mabank’s offense. The Panthers scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to bring the score to 13-1. Brownsboro finally found the mark in the fifth inning, scoring four times and avoiding a run-rule defeat. Mabank answered with one run in the bottom of the fifth to bring the score to 14-5.
In the sixth inning both teams scored one run, making the score 15-6. The bats were silent in the seventh and final inning.
Mabank scored 15 runs on 11 hits and three Brownsboro errors. The Bears scored six runs on 10 hits and one Panther error.
Offensively Adam Penix led the way with two runs on two hits and a walk with two RBIs. Parker Johanneson crossed home plate three times on two hits and a walk. Ty Winkelvoss scored two hits for Mabank, while Colt Conway, Kaleb Mandeville, Winkelvoss and Cody Thompson scored two runs each. Nathan Henderson and Pearson Johannesen drove in two RBIs each.
Pitcher Cody Thompson threw seven innings of work, allowing six runs (four earned) on 10 Brownsboro hits, while walking two and striking out four.
The Mabank Panthers baseball team is back in action April 15 at home against Athens. Game time is 6:30.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 10, 2014

Monitor Photos/Summer Simpson Mabank’s Justin Smith places third in the high jump with a 5'10" leap over the bar.

Monitor Photos/Summer Simpson
Mabank’s Justin Smith places third in the high jump with a 5’10″ leap over the bar.

Lady ’Dogs take second

Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–The Mabank Panthers boys track team took first place at the ’Jacket Relays in Kemp April 3, while the Eustace boys and girls teams finished in second place. The Kemp girls finished third and the Kemp boys finished fourth out of the eight teams competing.
Individual boys first place winners include: Pole Vaunt – Duncan, Eustace; 3200m Run – Perez, Kemp; 400m Relay, Mabank; 800m Run – Zimmer, Eustace; 100m Hurdles – Summerhill, Kemp; 100m Dash – Penix, Mabank; 800m Relays, Mabank; 400m Run – Smith, Mabank and 1600m Run – Perez, Kemp.
Individual girls first place winners include: Shot Put – Culp, Eustace; Discus – Holcombe, Eustace; High Jump – Crocker, Eustace; 400m Relay, Kemp; 800m Relays, Kemp and 300m Hurdles – Allen, Eustace.
District track meets are scheduled for April 9 and 10. Kemp travels to Eustace for the district meet and Mabank travels to Van to see which team is best.
More photos from this event are in the Thursday, April 10, 2014 issue of The Monitor.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : April 6, 2014

Dyer’s bat, Thompson’s arm pave the way for success

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
VAN–The Mabank Panthers baseball team crushed the district rival Van Vandals 6-1 March 29 in Van.
Mabank was led by Corey Dyer and Cody Thompson. Dyer hit two for three with three RBIs and a run scored and Thompson pitched six innings and allowed only one hit.
Mabank got its offense going early on, as Adam Penix led off the game with a bunt single. Colt Conway reached first base on the next at bat after a fielder’s choice got Van the first out of the inning. Conway made the most of getting the lead runner out by stealing second base. Kaleb Mandeville followed the steal up with a ground ball single into right field that advanced Conway to third base. After the single, Mabank had runners at the corners with only one out. Mabank kept the pressure on and avoided the double play situation and Mandeville stole second base. In the ensuing confusion on the second base steal, Conway was able to cross home plate from third base to make the score 1-0 Mabank. An errand pitch hit Ty Winkelvoss in the following at bat to put runners on first and second base with still only one out. The Panthers looked to keep pushing their advantage and executed a successful double steal. Corey Dyer was up at bat next and made his only out of the night when he made contact, producing a ground ball that allowed Mandeville to score from third and advance Winkelvoss. Nathan Henderson struck out swinging to end the inning and the Mabank threat. The Panthers led 2-0.
Van answered back in the bottom of the inning with their only run of the game. Thompson worked his way out of a jam with Van runners on second and third and only one out by forcing a pair of ground balls. The first one scored a Van run and the second ended the inning. Mabank led 2-1.
The second inning saw no runs added to Mabank’s score, but the Panthers doubled their run production in the third. Mabank produced the runs by drawing walks, stealing bases and gaining one key hit. Penix led off the inning with a walk and took first base. Penix showed his speed on the base paths by stealing second and third base before Conway struck out looking for Mabank’s first out. Mandeville walked to gain first base and stole second to avoid the double play. After Winkelvoss got the second out of the inning, the Panthers offense rested in the capable hands of Dyer. Dyer came up big, hitting a ground ball single that scored Penix from third base and Mandeville from second. That’s all the offense Mabank would produce in the third inning. The Panthers led 4-1.
The fourth and fifth innings of play were largely a pitcher’s duel with only one hit among both teams in that span. The lone hit was by Van, and Mabank’s Thompson managed to force a double play to get him off the bases in the fourth. Thompson produced three more ground ball outs in the fifth inning. Mabank continued its trend of scoring two runs in successful offensive innings when Dyer got things going with an outfield single with one out in the sixth. After the Van pitcher threw a passed ball, Dyer advanced to second base. Henderson reached first base after a dropped third strike allowed him to scamper down the first base line. Dyer advanced to third on the play. Next up, Parker Johanneson tricked the defense with a bunt single that scored Dyer and advanced Henderson to make the score 5-1. After Thompson struck out swinging, Pearson Johannesen doubled by hitting a fly ball to centerfield to score Henderson. Mabank led 6-1 and the inning ended at the next at bat.
Thompson got three more ground ball outs in his final two innings of work to claim the win for the Panthers. He wasn’t flashy on the mound (with only one strikeout in seven innings pitched), but was highly effective at keeping the ball in the infield and runners out of scoring position. Overall Thompson allowed six hits, one run and walked four.
Offensively, Penix had one run and one hit, Conway scored one run and Mandeville scored two runs on two hits. Johanneson and Johannesen had an RBI each.
Mabank is back in action April 8 when they host Brownsboro at 6:30 p.m.