Posted by : March 27, 2014| On :
Monitor Staff Writer
EUSTACE- March 21 was a day to celebrate despite the Eustace Bulldog baseball game loss to the visiting Malakoff Tigers, 17-4.
Prior to the games start players congratulated Bulldogs Head Coach Chris Powers for his 100th win by presenting him a plaque.
Malakoff took the lead early with two runs in the first inning, and one more in the top of the second. Eustace battled back and took the lead in the bottom of the second inning with four runs. The Bulldogs led 4-3.
The Tigers tied things up in the top of the third for a 4-4 lock.
In the fourth inning, the Tigers just kept getting hit after hit. A total of 12 Malakoff players crossed the plate to score runs. Malakoff scored one more run in the fifth inning for the 17-4 final before the game was called due to the run-rule.
Forrest Lane was a bright spot for the Bulldogs, going 2-3 with two RBIs. Ryan Brown drove in one run on one hit. Chance Scott, DJ Hocutt and Shane Braddy crossed the plate to score runs. Pitcher Rogers Rusty took the loss.
Posted by : March 23, 2014| On :
Eustace Bulldog baseball player Ryan Brown slides into third base safely during the Eustace Tournament earlier this month. The Bulldogs played Palmer March 18 on the road and were defeated 10-0 in five innings. The Bulldogs next game is March 25 in Kemp.
Posted by : March 20, 2014| On :
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
JACKSONVILLE–The Mabank Panthers baseball team exploded for 12 runs on 12 hits to annihilate the Jacksonville Indians 12-4 March 14 in Jacksonville. The Indians managed nine hits, but Mabank’s pitching duo of Cody Thompson and Corey Dyer stopped Indian rally attempts in their tracks.
The Panthers got scoring underway quickly when Mabank scored two runs in the opening frame. The action got started when Adam Penix led off with a single and stole second base. Colt Conway bunted to move the runner on to third base, but a throwing error gave Penix all the room he needed to run all the way home to make the score 1-0 Mabank. Conway advanced to second on the play. Ty Winkelvoss struck out for the first out of the inning, followed by a Kaleb Mandeville double to move Conway to third base. Corey Dyer managed to get Conway across home plate with a ground ball back to the pitcher. Tristain Mellorn hit a fly ball to the outfield to end the inning and strand Mandeville on third base. In the bottom of the first, Jacksonville kept the game close by scoring a run of its own to make the score 2-1.
Mabank got things rolling again in the top of the third inning when Mandeville shot a single into right field that scored Conway and Winkelvoss. Mandeville advanced to second base on a Dryer ground ball, then ran home on a Mellorn single into the outfield. Parker Johanneson struck out looking to end the threat. Mabank led 5-1.
The Indians attempted a comeback in the bottom of the fourth inning. With the score still tied 5-1, the Indians scored two runs to close the gap to 5-3.
The Panthers scored two more runs in the top of the fifth to keep a moderate lead in the game. Dyer got things going when a pitch hit him, advancing him to first base. Mellorn grounded out, moving Dyer to second. Johanneson singled on the next at bat, moving Dyer to third base. On the next play, Johanneson stole second base and a Jacksonville error allowed Dyer to score. Johanneson advanced to third on the miscue. Cody Thompson hit a sacrifice fly to the outfield to allow Johanneson to tag up and score to put Mabank up 7-3. Pearson Johannesen lined out to end the frame. The Indians were again held scoreless in the bottom of the 5th.
Mabank scored one more run in the sixth inning getting four across home plate in the seventh.
Leading 8-3, Johanneson drew a walk and proceeded to steal second, third and home to extend Mabank’s lead 9-4.
Johannesen then hit a triple to bring in Thompson. Penix walked to get on base, then Conway ripped a double to leftfield, bringing home Johannesen and Penix for the huge 12-3 lead.
Jacksonville put up a lone run in the last frame to solidify the 12-4 final score. Penix, Conway, Mandeville and Johannesen had two hits each, while Conway added thee base-on-balls and three RBIs for a perfect night at the plate. Mandeville had two RBIs for the Panthers. Thompson pitched four innings, allowing three runs on six hits, striking out three and walking two. Dyer’s pitched three innings in relief, allowing 1 run on three hits, striking out four and walking one.