Mar

16

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 16, 2014

Courtesy Photo/Jack Harrison

Courtesy Photo/Jack Harrison


Ranked No. 2 in the Professional Bull Riding (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series Silvano Alves, of Brazil, rode three bulls before being eliminated in the bracket contest March 1 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Alves lasted 5.95 seconds on Honey Hush, scored 87.75 for a complete ride on Smackdown and rode 3.23 seconds on David’s Dream but was elimated in the final four.
More photos from this event can be found in the Sunday, March 16, 2014 issue of The Monitor.

Mar

13

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

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson Garret Holcomb slides in safely to home, helping secure the Panthers 5-4 victory March 7 against the Kemp Yellowjackets in the Kemp Tournament.

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson
Garret Holcomb slides in safely to home, helping secure the Panthers 5-4 victory March 7 against the Kemp Yellowjackets in the Kemp Tournament.

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–Kemp’s late rally wasn’t enough to top Mabank, as the Panthers defeated the Yellowjackets 5-4 in a cross-lake baseball match up at the Kemp Tournament March 7.
Scoring got underway in the bottom of the first inning when Kemp’s Braxton Allison manufactured a run all by himself. Leading off, Allison drew a walk from Corey Dyer, then stole second and third base. Now with a man on third and no outs, Dyer struck out Calbert Hukill swinging. Next up was Corey Watkins, who hit a sharp line drive to rightfield. The ball was hit so sharply that Allison was unable to tag up and run home on the play. With two outs, Allison scored the same way he made it to third – by stealing a base. With the steal of home, Kemp was up 1-0 before Dyer struck out Dylan Ivey to retire the side.
The second inning was quiet, as Mabank only managed to get one hit and scored no runs. Kemp was three up and three down in the bottom of the inning. Things began to heat up for Mabank in the top of the third inning.
Pearson Johanneson got things going leading off the inning by drawing a walk from Watkins. Kemp looked to be in position to end the Panther threat when Watkins responded by striking out Adam Penix and Colt Conway. Ty Winkelvoss kept the inning alive with a single into centerfield, allowing Johanneson to advance to third base. Mabank’s batters seized the moment and capitalized on the opportunity. Kaleb Mandville singled into leftfield, driving in Johanneson to tie the game up 1-1. Mandville advanced to second on the play. Dyer was up to bat next and the Mabank pitcher was able to help his own cause by hitting a hard double to centerfield, scoring Winkelvoss. Mabank led 2-1. Tristian Mellorn drove in the final run of the inning with a single, scoring Mandville and giving the Panthers a 3-1 lead. Parker Johannesen flied out to end the inning.
The Yellowjackets got a run back in their favor at the bottom of the third inning and threatened to do a whole lot more. With one out, Dyer got himself in some trouble by walking three consecutive Kemp batters. Watkins hit a deep fly ball to centerfield to score Dennis on a sacrifice fly, bringing the score to 3-2 Mabank. The runners advanced to second and third on the fly ball. The rally, however, ended too soon for Kemp when Johanneson made a great play at third base on a hard hit ground ball to end the inning and the Kemp threat.
The score remained the same until the top of the fifth inning. Mabank’s Conway led off the inning with a single, then stole second base. Winkelvoss quickly transferred Conway’s effort into a run, when he doubled to rightfield for the RBI. Mabank led 4-2. Watkins then had some control problems and walked two consecutive Mabank batters to load the bases. Mellorn hit a sacrifice fly to score Winkelvoss for the first out of the inning. Mabanks lead extended to 5-2. Watkins dug deep to get a strikeout on Johannesen for the second out, then Flores grounded out to end the frame.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Kemp nearly tied the game and took the lead. David Dennis got things going by drawing a walk from Dyer, then stealing second base. Allison singled, advancing Dennis to third on the play. Hukill drove in Dennis after the next at-bat with a single, to bring Kemp’s run total closer to Mabank, 5-3. The throw back to the infield was too late and Allison advanced to third base. Hukill took second base on the throw to third. Things began to look grim for Dryer when he hit Watkins with a pitch to load the bases. Ivey took advantage of the situation by hitting a single to centerfield, scoring Allison and making the game 5-4. Dyer got a clutch strikeout on the next batter, then forced Beau Dancer into a ground ball to end the inning and dash Kemp’s hopes, securing the 5-4 victory.

Mar

09

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : March 9, 2014

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson

Monitor Photo/Summer Simpson


Meagan Holyfield (4) dribbles the ball up the pitch, avoiding Lindale defenders March 4 in Mabank.
More from this event can be found in the Sunday, March 9, 2014 issue of The Monitor.