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Sat
15
Apr

Davis strikes out 14 in no-hitter

Tuesday night's game between the Martins Mill Mustangs and Neches Tigers had a little bit of everything for local baseball fans with plenty of action packed into just five innings of play.

In the end, Martins Mill turned nine hits and five Neches fielding errors into an 11-1 win over the Tigers.

Mustang righthander Marshall Davis was the story of the night, striking out 14 batters in just five innings of work to record a no-hitter. Incredibly, Davis also finished with eight walks on the night which helped to account for the one Neches run in the game.

Tiger players and coaches are likely happy to be done with Martins Mill for the rest of the year, having lost 19-0 to the Mustangs back on March 17.

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Sun
09
Apr

Lady Indians one-hit Eustace in 16-0 win

The Grand Saline Lady Indians wasted little time in disposing of Eustace April 4, scoring early and often in a 16-0 shutout win over the visiting Lady Dogs.

Grand Saline got all the offense it would need in the bottom of the first, opening the inning with a single by Sarah Elliott.

After Elliott was advanced into scoring position by a Brooklyn Bolin sacrifice, Emma Elliott singled to left for the first run of  the game. Paytton Stanley followed with a single to center. The big blow in the inning came with two outs as McKenzie Vernon homered to centerfield, scoring both Emma Elliott and Paytton Stanley for a 4-0 advantage.

Grand Saline proceeded to add eight more runs in the bottom of the second, and four more in the bottom of the third to push the lead to 16-0.

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Sun
09
Apr

District Champs


Courtesy photo

The Fruitvale girls basketball team were named district champs.

From left to right, Audrey Robinson, Emily Driskill, Adison Allen, Abby Williams, Emily Williams, Lulu Campbell, Harlie Moore, Coach Casey Chase. Not pictured is Amy Anderson, Mackinzie Cavasos, Madi Hunt, Delaney Chennault, Elvia Torres.

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Sat
08
Apr

Lady Dogs earn split versus Eustace, Mineola


Photo by David Kapitan Kate Farnsworth registered a pair of multi-hit games for Edgewood over the past week, including going 2/4 with an RBI against Eustace and 2/4 with 2 RBI against Mineola

The Edgewood Lady Dogs returned to the diamond twice over the past week, taking on both Eustace and Mineola in District 12-3A action.

The Lady Dogs got the better of Eustace March 31, sweeping the season series with a 10-4 win over the Bulldogs.

Edgewood weathered four unearned runs in the contest, getting a strong effort from Whitney Kerr on the mound and big offensive games from Kaylee Golightly, Nicole Neal, Kate Farnsworth and Allie Perez.

Kerr went all seven innings for Edgewood, needing just 103 pitches and striking out seven in a complete game win.

Golightly led all hitters, going a perfect 3/3 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored, while Nicole Neal finished 2/3 with an RBI and two runs scored, Kate Farnsworth finished 2/4 with an RBI, and Allie Perez finished 2/3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Sat
08
Apr

Mustangs bounce back with 6-2 win

The Martins Mill Mustangs were on the road twice last week, continuing district play with games in Cayuga and Cross Roads.

Martins Mill finished the week with a split in its two games, dropping a narrow decision to Cayuga before bouncing back for a solid win over Cross Roads.

The Mustangs could not maintain a 2-0 lead against Cayuga March 31, falling victim to a late score in the bottom of the sixth inning in a 4-3 loss.

Paxton Nicodemus finished as the leading hitter for Martins Mill, going 2/4 with a double, a triple, an RBI and a run scored.

Marshall Davis finished 1/2 at the plate with a run scored, and Peyton Garner and Zant Perkins each went 1/3 with an RBI.

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Sun
02
Apr

Mustangs bounce back for 11-0 shutout win

The Martins Mill Mustangs ran the gamut last week, suffering an 11-0 loss to Kerens before returning to the diamond to put together completely different performance in an 11-0 win over New Summerfield.

The Bobcats controlled play against the Mustangs March 24, striking for a run in the first and 10 more in the third of their 11-0, 4.5 inning victory.

Martins Mill, which has had games of 20, 19, 17 and 13 runs in the month of March, struggled to find a rhythm against Kerens.

Paxton Nicodemus finished as Martins Mill's only baserunner in the game, reaching via a fourth inning single.  

The Mustang offense did not have to wait long to get back on track, scoring at least two runs in every played of an 11-0 win over New Summerfield March 28.

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Sat
01
Apr

Lady Dogs rally past Quitman, fall to Alba


Photo by David Kapitan Edgewood’s Baileigh Slavens kicks up a cloud of dust as she slides safely into home during a 9-6 win March 25 against Quitman.

The Edgewood Lady Dogs had to show a little flexibility over the course of the week after being forced to reschedule a Friday night tilt against Quitman to the following day (March 25) due to unplayable field conditions caused by a rain shower early in the day.

Despite some shaky play in the field and on the base paths once play began against Quitman, Edgewood overcame all challenges to score a 9-6 come-from-behind win in the game.

Timely hitting by Quitman and three fielding errors proved costly for Edgewood in the top of third, leading directly to a 4-0 deficit.

Edgewood managed to cut the Quitman lead in half in the bottom of the inning, with an RBI single by Mary Sharff and an RBI double by Whitney Kerr making the score 4-2.

Quitman struck two more times in the top of the fourth, getting their final runs of the game on a pair of RBI hits to put Edgewood in a 6-2 hole.

Sat
01
Apr

THSCA releases Academic All-State honorees

The 2016-’17 season saw plenty of highs for Van Zandt County boys basketball teams, with Edgewood, Fruitvale, Martins Mill, Van and Wills Point all qualifying for the UIL State Playoffs.

The list of achievements for local student-athletes grew even longer last week with the Texas High School Coaches Association releasing its list of Academic All-State performers this season.

Students from Canton, Edgewood and Grand Saline were all recognized for their performance in the classroom by the THSCA. Honors included:

-Canton: Riley Crudgington, Honorable Mention All-State; Logan Willeford, First Team All-State

-Edgewood: Quinton Locke, First Team All-State

-Grand Saline: Trent Easley, Honorable Mention All-State; Shelbey Herring (manager), First Team All-State

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Fri
31
Mar

Bulldogs blank Panthers, edge Indians


Photo by David Kapitan Edgewood's Turner Bannister opened District 12-3A play with a no-hitter against Alba-Golden while also going 2/4 with a home run, an RBI, four stolen bases and three runs scored in games against the Panthers and Grand Saline Indians.

The Edgewood Bulldogs officially opened District 12-3A play last week, hosting Alba Golden March 24 before traveling to take on rival Grand Saline March 28.

The Bulldogs came away with wins in both games, getting a no-hitter from Turner Bannister to down the Panthers 10-0 before jumping out to an early advantage and never looking back in an 8-3 win over the Indians.

Turner Bannister was the story of the game against Alba Golden, striking out 11 Panther batters over five no-hit innings for Edgewood.

Bannister also helped his own cause at the plate, going 1/1 with a home run, an RBI, three walks, two stolen bases and two runs scored.

Other offensive leaders for the Bulldogs included Trever Smith going 2/3 with a double, 2 RBI and a run scored, Keaton Seale going 2/3 with an RBI and a run scored, Kason Grant going 2/3 with a triple, 2 RBI and a run scored, Cooper Hill going 1/3 with a run scored and Tye Elie going 1/2 with two runs scored.

Fri
31
Mar

Lady Indians continue playoff push

The Grand Saline Lady Indians picked up a pair of district wins over the past week, tightening their grip on a spot in this year's 3A UIL State Softball Playoffs.

Grand Saline began its week at home by putting up video game-like numbers in a 27-1 demolition of Kemp. The Lady Indians scored 18 runs in the first inning, and nine more in the second on 11 hits, nine walks and four Kemp fielding errors.

Offensive leaders for Grand Saline included Sarah Elliott going 3/3 with 2 RBI and four runs scored, Emma Elliott going 2/3 with a double, 6 RBI and three runs scored, and Mallory O'Donnell going 1/2 with a triple, 5 RBI and three runs scored.

Additionally, Brooklyn Bolin, Paytton Stanley, Cassidy Smith, Delana Meyer and Mckenzie Vernon all registered a hit and an RBI in the game.

Emma Elliott got the win for the Lady Indians, recording five strikeouts while allowing just one earned run over three innings.

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