Chester Yellowjackets defeat High Island

by Wendy Whitworth

Yellowjacket Baseball
The Chester Yellowjackets grabbed a 7-4 victory over the High Island Cardinals Tuesday, February 25 at High Island. Chester took the early lead in the top of the first on a run scored by Cord Neal. Neal scored another run on a balk in the third to make the score 2-0. High Island scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth which gave the High Island Cardinals a leg up to take the lead of 4-2. Second baseman Levi Watts makes the catch.Second baseman Levi Watts makes the catch.The High Island Cardinals got on the board thanks to an RBI single by E McSpadin, and S Lopez, and a single by M Gutierrez. With the Chester Yellowjackets now trailing by two in the top of the fifth, Neal singled to first then stole second. Kris Kuehn singled to left field with a hard ground ball and Neal advanced to third then made his way home to score. Kuehn stole second and Keaton Whitworth got a walk. The Yellowjackets had runners on first and second. Colten Martin singled to right field with a ground ball. Kuehn advanced to third and Whitworth advanced to second. Bailey Goins singled to the pitcher with a bunt to push Kuehn home. Whitworth and Levi Watts made two outs on fly balls and Kuehn struck out the third batter. The fifth inning ended with a tied score of 4-4. The Yellowjackets started the sixth inning with two outs. Watts singled to left field on a ground ball and Kuehn walked. Whitworth hit a ground ball to advance the runners. Martin doubled to center field, scoring Watts, Kuehn and Whitworth. Martin racked up three RBIs on three hits for Chester Yellowjackets. Kuehn got it done on the mound. He allowed four runs over six innings. Kuehn struck out eight, walked three, and gave up five hits. He got the win for Chester. The Yellowjackets also played in the Big Sandy tournament; unfortunately, they did not fare well against their opponents. The Yellowjackets lost to Apple Springs 13-7, Big Sandy 13-3 and Livingston junior varsity 13-3.

Lady Jacket Softball
The Lady Jacket softball team played in the Woodville tournament February 27-March 1. On Thursday the Lady Jackets played Groveton and Woodville. The Lady Jackets were up 3-1 going into the bottom of the fourth inning, when Groveton put a rally together to go up 5-3 as time expired. The Lady Jackets did not have their best outing when they faced the Woodville Lady Eagles. A few too many errors and too many walks led to an early lead for the Woodville Lady Eagles. As the errors, walks and good hits compiled against the Lady Jackets, so did the runs for the Lady Eagles. Woodville won 15-3. On Friday, the Lady Jackets faced Jasper then Burkeville for a regular season game.

The Lady Jackets hit the ball really well against the Jasper Lady Bulldogs. Kyrstin Jobe got a hit all three times she went to the plate. Kalee Thomson walked both times she went to bat and scored both times. The Lady Jackets took a 5-4 lead in the top of the fourth inning. Unfortunately, a leadoff double, a walk, and an over throw from third to first was all it took for the Jasper Lady Bulldogs to take the lead and hold off the Lady Jackets. Jasper won 6-5. The Lady Jackets gave the Burkeville Lady Mustangs their all. The Lady Jackets were ahead 20-6 at the end of the fourth inning, when the game was called due to darkness. This game will be completed when the Burkeville Lady Mustangs come to Chester for their second meeting later in the year. The highlights for the Lady Jackets so far in this game were Jobe with two triples, Timber Wright had three hits, all of which were triples, Donna Martin with three hits, and Thomson with two doubles and two walks.

Saturday, the Lady Jackets played well against the Diboll Lady Jacks, but unfortunately, the Diboll Lady Jacks did an excellent job executing bunts and moving their runners around. The Chester Lady Jackets did not field the bunted balls cleanly, which lead to more base runners. The Lady Jackets had plenty of base runners, but did not always get the hit they needed in key situations.

Destiny Kuehn reached base on all of her at bats in this game. Diboll won 7-3.

Junior High Track
The Chester junior high track team attended the R.B. Moffett relays at Colmesneil on Monday, February 24. The team competed very well bringing home several medals and finishing in the top six in several events. Amory Parker placed second in 100m hurdles, Selah Spaulding placed third in the 800m, second in the 400m, and second 1200m, Dane Barnes placed second in the 1200m, and Ladarius Kirkwood placed first in the shot put, and second in the 100m. Other participants were Sarah Brown, Carmen Mahaffey, Cooper Bendy, Michael Castleberry, Jaqualin George, Zachary Johnson, J.T. Martin, Seth Read and Mason Richard. Coach Barnes and Coach Hall were very pleased with the performance of all the competitors. They are looking forward to a great track season for the junior high teams.

The Lady Jackets face Broaddus on March 7 there and West Sabine on March 11 in Chester. Both games will be at 5:00 p.m.

The Yellowjackets take on West Hardin there on March 7 and West Sabine on March 11 in Chester. Both games will be at 4:00 p.m.

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