by Chance Bailey
On March 27, the Colmesneil Bulldogs took on Burkeville in a district contest. The Bulldogs started off the game on fire, scoring five runs in the first two innings, led by Bryce Rains' two-run in-park homerun and Chris Thedford's RBI double. The third inning of this game was arguably the best inning that the Bulldogs have played this season. They were able to score a season-high nine runs, highlighted by Dakota Thedford's RBI double, Dylan Falcon's two-run double, and Bryce Rains' RBI double. In the end, the Bulldogs' 15-run ruled the Mustangs, and continued their perfect season. Bryce Rains finished the game with four innings pitched: walking three batters, striking out four batters, and giving up zero runs. Later on in the week, the Bulldogs took on their bitter rivals, the West Sabine Tigers. The Bulldogs took the field with a ton of confidence, not having lost a baseball game in almost a month. The Bulldogs struggled heavily, not being able to get on base or score runs. The Tigers were able to handle the Bulldogs, only giving up one run. The final score was 8-1, ending the Bulldogs' dreams of finishing the season with an undefeated district championship. This sets up a highly anticipated rematch against the Tigers on April 24, a game where the Bulldogs will be seeking revenge, and it could also be the game that decides the district champion. On April 4, the Bulldogs traveled to Brookeland. After suffering that humbling loss to West Sabine, The Bulldogs came out motivated, and that led to an 11-2 romp of the Wildcats, giving the Bulldogs a 6-1 district record. Their next game will be at home against Chireno on April 13, at 6 p.m.
The Colmesneil JV Bulldogs took on Anahuac last week, looking for their first win of the season. In the first inning, The JV Bulldogs came out swinging the bat and were able to soar out to a 5-0 lead, led by Ryan Tyler's single, Cody Walsh's RBI single, Zach Bryan's RBI double, and Troy Eaves' two-run single. By the time the fourth inning came around, the JV Bulldogs had a 10-0 lead, and pitcher Matt Bailey was relieved after striking out eight batters, walking five batters, and giving up zero runs. After Bailey left the game, the JV Bulldogs got into a little bit of a scare, but were able to come out with a 10-6 win after giving up six runs in the game's fourth and final inning. In the JV Bulldogs' next game, they struggled, losing 11-4 to the West Sabine Tigers.
The Colmesneil Lady Dogs took on the West Sabine Tigers on March 30, looking to extend their undefeated streak to 5-0. In the first inning, senior Elisabeth Bryan drove in a run to give the Lady Dogs a 1-0 lead. As the game continued, junior Olivia Spradlin was on a completely different level, hitting triples in the second, third, and sixth innings, and playing lights out at third base for the Lady Dogs. The Lady Dogs were essentially able to put the game away, thanks to Kara Standley's two-run double and Jaymee Broussard's RBI single. The final score was 10-3, and the Lady Dogs were able to add another win to their undefeated record. On April 5, the Lady Dogs put their 6-0 record on the line against the Brookeland Wildcats. This game started off slow for the Lady Dogs, as they gave up three runs in the first inning. The Wildcats' dugout was completely ecstatic, having a sense of energy that the Lady Dogs couldn't match. The Lady Dogs were able to close the gap in the fifth inning, keeping the score at 5-4. But in the sixth inning, the Lady Dogs gave up two runs, and Brookeland was able to end the Lady Dogs' perfect season with a final score of 7-4. The Lady Dogs will have the week off this week, before taking on Zavalla on April 17.