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Dogs Facing Central Heights in Bi-District

Crockett baseballers won their final district game over Onalaska 8-3 to secure the fourth place playoff seed in District 21-3A and will take on Central Heights in bi-district.

Game 1 will be Friday at 7 p.m. in Crockett. Game 2 will be Saturday at 4 p.m. in Central Heights. Game 3, if necessary, will follow.

Playing at Onalaska last Friday, the Bulldogs scored three runs in the top of the first and three in the third. After the Wildcats cut the lead to 6-3 in the bottom of the third, Crockett tacked on an insurance run in the fourth and fifth frames.

Larren Reeves started on the mound and went 2 1/3 innings. He gave up two runs on no hits with four strikeouts and four walks.

Ty Dowell worked the final 4 2/3 innings to record the pitching win. He gave up one run on two hits while striking out seven and walking three.

Crockett collected eight runs on 10 hits off Onalaska, along with seven RBI, three walks and three strikeouts.
Willie Revels led the hitting attack going 3-for-4 with a double and RBI.

Colby Davenport, 2-for-3, scored three runs and walked once. Case Robinson, 2-for-3, had two runs, one RBI, and was hit by pitch.

Larren Reeves, 1-for-2, booked one run, three RBI, one walk and reached on an error.

Drew Corry was 1-for-3 with one run and two RBI. Huntraiel Watson, 0-for-1, walked once and was hit by pitch twice.

Tyler Elmore was 1-for-4, Ty Dowell (0-for-4) scored a run, and Garrett Reeves (0-for-4) reached on a fielder's choice.

The Bulldogs logged 12 stolen bases, with Davenport accounting for six steals. Robinson and Larren Reeves had two apiece, while Revels and Dowell each had one.

In the first inning, Davenport drew a leadoff walk, stole second and third, and then scored on a single to left field by Robinson.

Robinson stole second and advanced to third when Dowell reached first on a dropped third strike.

After Dowell stole second, Larren Reeves hit a single to leftfield driving in two more runs for a 3-0 lead.

Onalaska had two base runners on walks in the second, but one was picked off at first and Reeves recorded two strikeouts to end the threat.

The Bulldogs extended their lead to 6-0 in the third. Davenport started the inning with a leadoff single, stole second and third, and scored on a single to centerfield by Drew Corry.

Robinson singled to leftfield and a groundout by Dowell put runners at second and third.

A sacrifice fly by Larren Reeves scored Corry and Robinson later came home on a wild pitch.

With two outs, Revels singled to left, Watson walked and Elmore singled to load the bases, but they were stranded on a groundout.

The Wildcats answered with three runs in the bottom third. After scoring first on a RBI double, Onalaska pushed across two more runs on a steal of home and a wild pitch to make it 6-3.

In the fourth, Davenport led off with a single to shortstop, stole second and third and scored on a sac fly by Corry for a 7-3 lead.

In the fifth, Larren Reeves reached on an error, stole second and came home on a double to shortstop by Revels for a five-run cushion.

Sandiettes Fall In Bi-district

The Grapeland Sandiettes' softball season ended with a bi-district series loss to Joaquin.

Joaquin took Game 1 on Thursday, April 28 by a 6-2 score, but the Sandiettes staye alive by taking the second game Saturday 2-0 to even the series.

In the decisive third game, Joaquin prevailed 12-2 and advanced to the area round to face Chireno.

CHS Triple Jumper Wins Regional Title

Senior Bulldog DaMarkus Griffin set a PR of 46'4.5" to capture the Class 3A Region 3 triple jump title and qualify for upcoming state competition.

Griffin's winning distance was five inches better than his closest challenger. Breyon Thurman of West Rusk placed second with an effort of 45'11.5".

Griffin's PR set at regional gives him the best seed mark going into state. Marquavous Evans of Mt. Vernon posted a PR of 46'3.75" to win the Region 2 triple jump title and has the second-best seed mark.

First and second place finishers from the state's four regions will advance to the UIL state meet in Austin on May 12-14.

The Bulldogs had several third place finishers at the Region 3 meet, which was held Friday and Saturday at Baylor University in Waco.

Griffin also took third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.61 and Lucky Daniels was third in long jump at 20'8.25".

Crockett's 4x100 relay team of Alton Owens, LaDarrian Jones, DeAnthony Epps and DaMarkus Griffin clocked in third with a time of 43.12.

Derrick Sherman placed fourth in high jump with an effort of 5'10".

The Bulldog 4x200 relay team of DeAnthony Epps, Lucky Daniels, LaDarrian Jones and DaMarkus Griffin came in fifth with a time of 1:30.07.

Tyress Anderson placed eighth in the 110-meter hurdles and AD Watkins was eighth in the 300 hurdles.

In girls regional competition, Lady Bulldog Mercedes James placed eighth in the 300-meter hurdles.

Lions Cap District With Shutout

With the District 21-2A championship already secured, the Lovelady Lions ended the regular season with a 10-0 win over North Zulch at home Tuesday.

The victory gave the Lions a final district record of 11-1, which includes five shutouts.

Moundsman Alex McKnight worked four innings to record the win over North Zulch. He gave up no runs and two hits while striking out seven and walking one. Slade Smith pitched the final two frames, giving up no runs and no hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

Lovelady collected 10 runs on 11 hits, nine RBI, five walks and five strikeouts.

In addition to his stint on the mound, McKnight went 3-for-3 with one run, one RBI and a walk.

Mason Lowery, 2-for-2, scored three runs along with collecting one RBI and two walks. Blake Johnson, 2-for-2, scored once.

Lee Holsey went 1-for-2 with one run and two RBI. Daniel Cook also contributed at the plate going 1-for-1.

Hunter Murray, 1-for-3, had one run, one RBI, one walk and one strikeout. Jacob Jeffus, 1-for-3, recorded one run and one RBI.

Treyton Wilson, 0-for-1, logged two runs, one RBI and a walk. Nick Dodson, 0-for-1, and Slade Smith both contributed one RBI.

Latexo Softball Team Makes School History

Latexo Lady Tigers pose for a victory photo after knocking off Alto 6-3 in bi-district Thursday night in Crockett.Latexo Lady Tigers pose for a victory photo after knocking off Alto 6-3 in bi-district Thursday night in Crockett.

Although formed just seven years ago, Latexo's softball program has come a long way, winning games and reaching the playoffs this year.

Facing the Alto Lady Jackets in a bi-district matchup at Crockett on Thursday night, the Lady Tigers collected a 6-3 win to advance to the area round. They will face either Groveton or Zavalla, who are playing a best of three series.

The Lady Tigers came to play and took care of business. Gracie Zalesky was in the circle the entire game, collecting seven strike outs while giving up six singles and two walks. The rest of the defense also had a great game as they held Alto to three runs and only committed one error.

Shortstop Shayla Creswell was on her game making several great plays along with centerfielder Chaice Short. First baseman Ashlyn Brazzil kept busy from fielding throws along with stopping hits herself.

Leftfielder Carolyn Townsend along with right fielder Alexa Knight caught fly balls with each infielder doing their job. Along with Creswell and Brazzil the other infielders made some great plays-- Brooke Ashley at second, Kelsey Kilian at third, Makayla Gunnels catching and Gracie Zalesky taking charge in the circle.

In the bottom of the first, the Lady Tigers scored their first run after Ashley led off with a single to leftfield, stole second on a passed ball and scored when Kilian was thrown out at first. Next two outs were from Gunnels and Zalesky.

After being shut out in the second, Latexo added two more runs in the third as Townsend led off with a walk, Short was out, Ashley singled, and Kilian was out. Gunnels hit a line drive down third base line, scoring Townsend and Ashley for two more runs, but was left stranded.

Alto kept the Tigers from scoring in the fourth although they had base runners.

In the fifth, the Tigers were hungry as they plated three more runs. Leading off was Short, who was out on a good throw to first. Ashley followed with a single and with a full count Kilian drew a walk. With two on base, Gunnels stepped to the plate and on the second pitch slammed a long ball over left centerfield fence to score three more runs for Latexo

In the sixth, the Lady Tigers left Ingle and Townsend on base.

After giving Alto one run in the sixth, Zalesky struck out the leadoff batter in the seventh, gave up a single and a hit by pitch.
As Latexo fans cheered, the next batter flew out to right field for the second out. With fans now on their feet, the last out was made and the team-- along with the fans-- knew the Lady Tigers came to play hard.

Latexo was led at the plate by Ashley, who was 3-for-4 with three singles; Gunnels, 2-for-3 with a homerun and four RBI, and Ingle 2-for-3 with two singles.

Ashley and Townsend each scored two runs, while Kilian and Gunnels each crossed home plate once. Angeleah Benton was the courtesy runner.

Grapeland Girls Golf Places 9th

Grapeland Sandiettes came in ninth in the UIL Class 2A State Golf Championships Monday and Tuesday.
The Sandiettes posted a total score of 842 (442-401).

"The girls struggled a little the first day, but came back and had a really good final round," said GHS golf coach Cannon Earp.
Senior Emily Walker posted a 9th place finish, giving her back-to-back Top-10 State Tournament finishes to end her career. Walker carded a 93 on Day 1 and then improved her Day 2 score to 80 for a 173 total.

Freshman Hannah Chipman also played much better the final round, climbing all the way up to 16th place. She shot a first round 95, but bounced back to post an 85 and finish with a total of 180.

Rounding out the GHS team were Madelyn Conner, Callie Richburg and Sayler Leblanc.