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Eagles advance in playoffs

Ashton Weatherford catches a pop fly in the outfield while Katie Watts backs her up. (Lori Bronstad Photo)by Jason Drake

The Woodville Eagles Baseball Team defeated Sabine to advance to the area round in the playoffs. Torin Hickman powered the Eagles at the plate and on the bump Friday, willing the Eagles to a 9-7 victory. Hickman racked up four RBI's on two hits, including a double in the third and a homerun in the fourth. Hickman also stuck out 12 and allowed three runs on six hits while walking three. The Eagles got a sacrifice fly from Charles Fentress in the second, scoring Marqui Jackson.

Wooodville racked up six hits, but it wasn't enough, as the Eagles were 11-5 losers Saturday. Colby Dungan reached base three times in the game including a double in the fourth. The Eagles scored one in the first inning, and then followed it up one more in the fourth. In the first, Jackson scored on an error by Sabine. Sabine posted one run in each of the second, fourth, and fifth innings to go up 8-2. Three runs in the bottom of the sixth helped the Eagles close the deficit to 8-5. The inning was highlighted by Grant Bullock's two run single.

The Eagles won game three 6-4. Sabine jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first. It didn't take long for the Eagles to answer as they scored two runs in the bottom of the first on an RBI single from Trent Daniels and an error. The Eagles never trailed again after an RBI single from Daniels in the second. Woodville's base runners came all the way around to score in each of the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. In the fourth, the Eagles scored on an RBI single by Beau Burelson, scoring Fentress. The Eagles' Burleson was perfect from the dish, going 3-3. Chase Hensarling was the winning pitcher by allowing four runs in seven innings and striking out three. The Eagles will play their area series against Crockett Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.Saturday at Polluck Central High School

The Lady Eagles Softball Team advanced to the regional quarterfinal round by defeating New Waverly in the area round two games to one. The Eagles started out slow losing game one 5-1. The Lady Eagles finished strong with a game two victory of 11-7 and game three 3-1. Woodville was led in the circle by the outstanding performance of Cayla White. The Lady Eagles were led at the plate by Jessica Bronstad, Sarah Reese, Ashton Weatherford, Mallory Watts, and Katie Watts. Coach Brown explains,"This was an entire team effort. It took every player on the team to get by a very tough New Waverly team. Everyone contributed in some kind of way." The Lady Eagles will face Troup in a two out of three series, Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Lufkin Morris Frank Park.

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