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Bulldogs start off district play 2-0

by Michael PatrickMason Williams loads up and locks in on the pitch he sent over the left field fence for a grand slam in the Bulldogs 16-0 win over Chester. ( Colmesneil Yearbook Staff photo )

Varsity Baseball
This past week the Bulldogs started their district slate by taking on Burkeville and Chester. Colmesneil wasted no time in either game letting everyone know that the road to the district championship goes through the Bulldogs and they have no plans of relinquishing the title.

On Tuesday, the Bulldogs took on the Mustangs from Burkeville in the district opener for both teams. There was no doubt in who was in control of this game from the first pitch as the Bulldogs jumped all over Burkeville for a 21-2 victory. Kaleb Lindsey took the mound for Colmesneil and pitched four strong innings. He only gave up three hits while fanning six to pick up the win. Offensively, Cody Walsh led the attack going 3-3 and knocking in three runs. He also drew two walks.

In Friday's game, Colmesneil hosted rival Chester. Again, Colmesneil took control quick and did not let Chester get any offense going as they blanked the Yellow Jackets 16-0 to improve to 2-0 in district play. Matt Bailey took the mound for the Bulldogs in this match-up and pitched a complete game no-hitter to pick up the win. This was Bailey's first no-hitter of the season and the second for Colmesneil this year. Bailey fanned 11 Yellow Jacket hitters on the night. The offensive highlight was Mason Williams hitting a grand slam off the state championship billboard in left field for his first career high school homerun.
Also, over the last two weeks the Bulldogs have received some notable individual accolades. Cole Lowery was named the Diamond Pro Pitcher of the Week for 1A two weeks ago and last week Zach Bryan was named the D-Bat Hitter of the Week for 1A. These awards are given to the top hitter and pitcher for the entire state of Texas each week in their respective classification. So, these are very impressive awards that Lowery and Bryan have received.

Varsity Softball
Colmesneil took on the Lady Mustangs of Burkeville on Tuesday as the first round of district play continued for the Lady Dogs. The Lady Dogs were the first to strike in this match-up as they put four across home plate in the bottom of the first inning after holding Burkeville hitless in the top of the opening frame to take a 4-0 lead. Neither team could manage to score during the second inning. Burkeville found a little spark during the third inning. The Lady Mustangs drew a few walks and a couple of batters were hit by Colmesneil pitching, which Burkeville took advantage of as they tied the game up at 4-4. Colmesneil regrouped and put an end to the Burkeville rally and managed to get out of the inning with the score tied. But, any hope Burkeville had of pulling off the upset was quickly squashed by the Lady Dog bats as they scored five in the bottom of the third to take a commanding 9-4 lead. Colmesneil kept Burkeville from scoring in the top of the fourth by keeping them hitless. Then in the bottom of the fourth the flood gates opened for the Lady Dogs as they plated 12 to run rule the Lady Mustangs 21-4 and end the game in the bottom of the fourth. Kara Standley picked up the win and fanned seven Lady Mustang hitters along the way.

Contributing to the offensive onslaught were Kim Knighten with three singles; Treasure Jackson with two singles, two doubles, and a sacrifice bunt; Merrick Graham had two singles, Bayleigh Thedford had a single, a triple, and drew a walk; Krista Harris drew two walks; Alicyn Mitcham had a single and drew a walk; Destiney Kirkindoll had two singles and a walk; Kara Standley had a single and two walks; and McKenzie Rogers had a single and two walks.

Powerlifting
The Lady Dogs Powerlifters competed in Corpus Christi this past week at the state meet. The Lady Dogs had an awesome showing as all four Lady Dogs placed in the top 10 of their weight class. Kim Knighten finished in sixth place in the 220 weight class, Magen Allen finished in ninth place in the 181 weight class, Merrick Graham finished in tenth place in the 148 weight class, and Bayleigh Thedford finished eighth place in the 105 weight class.

High School Track
The Bulldogs and Lady Dogs competed in an extremely competitive Woodville track meet this past week. Medaling for Colmesneil were Nikki Noble who took first place in the 100 and Taylor Barker who took first place in the 400.

Junior Varsity Baseball
Colmesneil took on West Sabine on Monday and dropped a close one 12-10. On Saturday, they played a doubleheader against the JV from Diboll. The Bulldogs played well, but came up short against a tough Diboll squad.

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