Baseball-The Bulldogs are on a roll, with wins in their last three games.
Zach (Earl) Bryan at bat. (Colmesneil Yearbook Photo)On April 2, the Bulldogs played Brookeland and won 17-4. The Bulldogs had a great start to their game, scoring 10 runs in the first inning. An RBI double by Kameron Lindsey, an RBI single by Chris Thedford, and a two run single by Cole Johnson helped the Bulldogs earn the 10 runs in the first inning. Dalton Davis racked up two RBIs on one hit for the Bulldogs.
Brookeland had no answer for Sam Matterson, who kept runners off the basepaths in his appearance. Brookeland only managed one hit off of Matterson, walked three and stuck out six, in his four innings. The Bulldogs will play Evadale on April 11 at Evadale at 1 p.m. On April 14, the Bulldogs will play San Augustine at home at 6 p.m. Softball- On April 2, the Lady Dogs played Spurger and won 17-0. The Lady Dogs had a good defensive and offensive day, winning the game.
On April 10, the Lady Dogs will play Big Sandy at Big Sandy and the game starting time is TBA. On April 14, the Lady Dogs will play Apple Springs at Apple Springs at 6 p.m.
2015 Woodville Eagles Golf District Champions— Back row, from left: Carter Wilson, Kyle Lewis, Bobby Swein, David Whitehead, Dawson Wainwright and Dalton Haggard. Front: Callan Shimkus. (Jason Drake Photo)
by Jason Drake
The Woodville Eagles competed in the 2015 District 22-AAA golf tournament on Monday at the Neches Pines Golf Course in Diboll. The Eagles competed against teams from Garrison, Nacogdoches Central Heights, Pollock Central, Garrison, Corrigan-Camden and Newton. The Eagles team consisted of Dawson Wainwright, Bobby Swein, David Whitehead, Callan Shimkus and Kyle Lewis. Carter Wilson and Dalton Haggard entered the competition as medalists.
The Eagles won the tournament with a team score of 393. Nacogdoches Central Heights finished in second place with 411, followed by Pollock Central 416 and Garrison was in fourth place with a stroke total of 431. Corrigan-Camden and Newton entered the tournament as medalists and neither advanced. Freshman Whitehead finished second individually and earned the silver medal with a team best low score of 89. Swein was fourth overall with a round of 98.
The Eagles will compete in the Region III AAA Regional Golf Tournament on Monday and Tuesday at the Brenham Country Club in Brenham, Texas.
The Lady Eagles softball team added a pair of victories this week to improve to 19-2 this season. On Tuesday, Woodville faced little adversity in an easy 15-0 victory over the Newton Eagles. On Thursday, Pollock Central gave the Lady Eagles a much more difficult task. The Lady-Eagles were able to squeak by the Lady Bulldogs 5-4. Shelby Mixon pitched a complete seven innings, striking out eight Lady Bulldogs. Offensively, Woodville was led by Ashton Weatherford's two hits, walk and a RBI. Kenzie McGallion added a hit, walk and run batted in as well in the victory. The Eagle baseball team had a similar feat this week. The Eagles ten run ruled Newton on Tuesday 14-4, before being challenged by Central Pollock Friday night. Pitcher Jacob Watts stuck out thirteen hitters in route to a 2-0 victory. Both teams remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning. Markalin Merchant singled to right field with one out. Stephen Thomas advanced Merchant to second base on a hard line drive single to the shortstop. Eric McCollister loaded the bases on an infield hit setting up senior Riley Shaw. Shaw hit a ground ball single to right field scoring Merchant and Thomas for the lone runs of the game. The win improves the Eagles to 8-5 on the season. The Eagles and Lady Eagles will host Central heights on Friday, before traveling to Corrigan on Tuesday to take on the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs.
The Spurger baseball team has had an interesting season thus far. For the third year in a row, the Pirates have not only been trying to get back into the swing of things, but are adjusting to a new head coach again.
Chase Shook at bat. (Michelle Shook Photo)The district season began a few weeks ago, and though the score does not always fall in their favor, the boys have grown as a team this season, greater in previous years. Having played a majority of the team once, for a first round, the Pirates are 2-5 in their district standing. After analyzing their play and utilizing the young talent they have the Pirates are hopeful for better outcomes throughout the next go round.
Junior Robby Clark shared, "This is definitely a building year. We are a young team, but we have definitely improved from the previous years. We have a lot of talent, and a coach that knows how to work with it.
"The Pirates are excited to see the outcome of the rest of the season in both more wins as well as continue to excel as a whole. This year intends to be looked upon as a stepping stone for the road to success in Spurger Pirate baseball program."
The baseball boys will be in Sabine Pass on April 10, at 4:30 p.m., and will host a game against Hull Daisetta on April 14, in Spurger again at 4:30 p.m.
Lady Pirate softball will play April 10 in Apple Springs. They will play a week later, April 14, in Chester.
Spurger tennis teams have advanced to the Regional tournament and will be competing in Round Rock on April 20-21.
Best of luck to the Pirates in the upcoming events.
Pitcher Drew Kirk and first baseman Cody Carden attempt to pickoff Buna runner. (Doug Glosson Photo)
by Doug Glosson
Baseball - Due to a couple of big wins last week, the Warren Warriors now find themselves in first place in district. The Warriors started off the week with a win against Kountze 3-2. Pitcher Kelby Weyler had another strong outing allowing one run on six hits, two walks, and eight strikeouts over six innings of work. With the Warriors tied 2-2 in the sixth, they took the lead for good as Connor Fry started off the inning with a single followed by a walk by Dylan Scherry and a single by Rian O'Quinn to load the bases. Weyler was then able to draw a walk to bring in the winning run. Dylan Scherry pitched the seventh inning for the save. On Friday, pitching and defense was the key to the Warriors 3-2 win over Buna. Warren pitcher Drew Kirk threw six and a third innings giving up one run on five hits, three walks, while striking out four. The Warriors were able to make the most of only two hits in the game. In the second inning, Lance Eason drove in Scherry who had gotten on base by the benefit of a fielder's choice. In the fourth inning Fry scored on a walk, a couple of fielding errors by Buna and a passed ball. Cody Carden was able to come around and score in the sixth inning after a walk thanks to another error by Buna. Buna was able to load the bases in the seventh, but Sherry was able to induce a fly ball out to save the game. Softball – The Lady Warriors softball team had an up and down week as they were able to win their third straight game beating Kountze 11-8. On Friday however they were not able to keep an early 2-0 lead as they lost to Buna 12-4. On Friday, April 10, all teams will be at home against Anahuac and then travel to Kirbyville on Tuesday, April 14. Baseball starting at 4:30 p.m.; softball at 5 p.m. Tennis – The Warren tennis team was in the 23-3A district meet at East Chambers last Tuesday and Thursday. After playing several three set matches lasting over two hours each, Ty Ard came home with a third place bronze metal while Kaleb Bickham received fourth. The doubles teams had a good showing as well, making it to the quarter finals before losing to Kirbyville and Kountze.
Fans were treated to a high-scoring affair Tuesday as the Chester Yellowjackets outscored San Augustine 12-10 in seven innings. Hitters on both sides were strong at the plate as the teams combined for 14 hits, including three extra base hits.
The bottom of the first saw the Yellowjackets take an early lead, 1-0. Keaton Whitworth started things for the Jackets with a single, a steal of second and third. A single by Levi Watts, scored Whitworth. The Jackets held San Augustine scoreless in the second inning, while they added another run. Seth Read took a walk to first, and then was able to steal second and third. A single by Billy Thompson scored Read. Several errors in the third allowed San Augustine to battle back to add three runs to take the lead.
Whitworth started the comeback for the Jackets with a single, steal of second and third. Watts hit a RBI single to score Whitworth. Colten Marten and Bailey Goins took a walk to load the bases. A wild pitch scored Watts to give a 4-3 lead to the Jackets.
A strong six run fourth inning put the Yellowjackets into comfort zone. A wild pitch scored Tyler Blevins and an error on the play scored Thompson. A RBI double by Watts scored Cord Neal, a RBI single by Chris Carter scored Watts, a RBI single by Read scored Carter and an error scored Goins for a 10-3 lead.
After a quick strike from San Augustine, the Chester Yellowjackets responded with two runs on a RBI by Whitworth to score Thompson and an error scored Neal in the fifth. The Yellowjackets held off San Augustine, as San Augustine was unable to overcome an eight-run fifth inning deficit. San Augustine scored on a two-run single, a groundout, and an RBI double in the sixth inning and a two-run single in the seventh inning.
Watts, Thompson, Whitworth and Neal helped lead the Yellowjackets. They combined for five hits and four RBIs. Thompson got the win for the Jackets striking out nine batters. He allowed eight earned runs, four hits and seven walks over five innings. Neal got the save striking out two batters, allowing two hits, two runs and two walks over one and a half innings.
A great day by Neal wasn't enough to carry Chester to a win on Thursday, as the Yellowjackets fell to Broaddus 2-1 in seven innings. Neal baffled Broaddus, striking out 11 batters. Neal allowed no earned runs, three hits and two walks over seven innings. Whitworth scored the only run for Chester on a close steal of home.
Chester Lady Jackets fell 11-0 to Groveton on Thursday. Destiney Kuehn took the loss for the Lady Jackets. She lasted just three innings, walked none, struck out one, and allowed five runs. Donna Martin was the relief. She pitched two innings, struck out two and allowed six earned runs.
The Yellowjackets will take on Colmesneil in a makeup game on Thursday, April 9 at 6 p.m. in Colmesneil, West Sabine Friday, April 10 at 6 p.m. in West Sabine and Brookeland April 14 at 6 p.m. in Brookeland.
The Lady Jackets face Centerville April 10 in Centerville at 4 p.m. and Spurger, April 14 at home. Game time is 4 p.m.
The Woodville Eagles tennis team are well prepared for the upcoming 22-AAA District Tennis Tournament on April 9-10.
by Jason Drake
The Woodville Eagles tennis teams won big in their own tennis tournament held on Friday, March 27. In girls singles, Lena Mannino won third place, while teammate Audrey Brookshire finished in fourth place.
There was a hard fought match in girls' doubles finals in which Shelby Swien and Lyndsey Kinard won over teammates Aureanna Stacey and Cameron Hutto. The finals gave Woodville both the gold and silver trophies. In boys' singles, Justin Livingston played well to capture the bronze medal, while teammate Josh Sheffield drew a bye in the first round but lost in the quarter finals.
The number one seeded players Cameron Coker and Caleb Dinger in boys' doubles flew through the tournament all the way to the finals with wins over Jasper, Central Heights and Warren. This is the fourth first place win in tournament play in 2015 for Coker and Dinger. These wins give them a 15 – 2 record for the season and are also seeded number one in the upcoming District 22 AAA tournament.
The mixed doubles teams of Ben Worsley and Carolina Baeza, and the freshmen team of Lesli Miranda and James Kenneson, again showed its power and depth as both Eagles mixed doubles teams faced each other in an all Woodville finals.
Worsley and Baeza defeated Miranda and Kenneson. Worsley and Baeza showed their experience and strength as they defeated Miranda and Kenneson 6-0 – 6-2.
Woodville placed in all five events of the tournament. This tournament should give confidence to the Eagles as they play in the District 22 AAA tournament on April 9 and 10.
The varsity tennis team was not the only team excelling as the junior varsity and freshmen teams hosted their own tournament the previous week.
Yoselin Miranda dominated the girl's singles division by winning the gold medal. Miranda drew a first round bye and went on to the finals with wins over Kirbyville, Huntington, Jasper and Warren.
The boys' doubles team of Eli Shirley and Kenneson also drew a bye in the first round. The duo found themselves successful in matches over Huntington in the semifinals but came up short against Kirbyville in the finals.