Meyer's no-hitter highlights 2-0 week

Photo by David Kapitan Paytton Stanley registered a pair of multi-hit games over the past week, following up a 3/4 effort against Edgewood with a 2/3 effort against Kaufman.

The Grand Saline Lady Indians won a pair of wildly different games over the past week, weathering a late Edgewood rally in a key district showdown before dispatching Kaufman behind an impressive five-inning no-hitter by Delana Meyer.

Against Edgewood March 16, Edgewood scored three runs in the third and two each in both the fourth and fifth innings, and another run in the top of the seventh to take a commanding 8-1 lead over the Lady Dogs. 

Edgewood fought back to plate six runs in the home half of the seventh, ultimately falling just short in an 8-7 Grand Saline win.

Sisters Sarah and Emma Elliot were nearly perfect at the plate for the Lady Indians, combining to go 8/10 with a double, a triple, 5 RBI and four runs scored against the Lady Dogs.

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Mustangs dominate Cross Roads, LaPoynor

The Martins Mill Mustangs put on an offensive clinic last week, outscoring Cross Roads and LaPoynor by a staggering 33-1 in two “mercy rule” shortened games.

Martins Mill jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Cross Roads March 10, scoring runs in the bottom of the first on a Marshall Davis RBI single and a Peyton Garner RBI double.

The bottom of the third inning would serve as the exclamation point of the game for Martins Mill as the Mustangs scored 10 runs to put the game out of reach.

Marshall Davis needed just 74 pitches across five innings, allowing just a hit while striking out 12 Cross Roads batters.

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Eaglettes open district play with back-to-back wins

Photo by David Kapitan Eaglette shortstop Kylie Floyd tags out Wills Point counterpart Alexis Mosley on a stolen base attempt.

The Canton Eaglettes got off to a good start in their bid to make a trip to this year’s softball playoffs, registering wins over both Brownsboro and Wills Point to open District 13-4A play.

The Eaglettes began their week March 14, taking on the visiting Brownsboro Bearettes. A four-run outburst in the fourth inning would be a deciding factor as Canton secured a 7-2 win in the contest.

Canton struck first in the game, scoring two runs in the bottom of the second courtesy of two-out RBI doubles by Reagan Busby and Brooke Arnold.

The Eaglettes bounced back from allowing a run in the top of the fourth by plating four runs of their own to seize a 6-1 advantage.

Key plays in the inning included a two-run fielding error by the Brownsboro shortstop, followed by an RBI triple by Kylie Floyd and a subsequent passed ball that allowed Floyd to come home to score.


Bulldogs compete at annual tournament

Photo by David Kapitan Edgewood’s Turner Bannister reaches base in a painful way, getting hit in the back by an offering from a Crandall pitcher.

The Edgewood Bulldogs spent plenty of time on the field during their home tournament March 9-11, playing six times over the course of three days.

Edgewood finished the weekend up with a 3-2-1 record overall, including wins over Caddo Mills, Farmersville and Elkhart.

The Bulldogs opened tournament play early in the morning against Crandall March 9, surrendering a pair of seventh inning runs in a 3-1 loss to the Pirates.

Leading hitters for Edgewood in the contest included Turner Bannister going 1/2 with a double and a run scored, Trey Erwin going 1/3 with a double, Tye Elie going 1/3 and Cooper Hill going 1/3.

Tye Elie go the start for the Bulldogs, allowing five hits and an earned run in six innings.

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Bulldogs pitchers dominate at John Tyler Tournament

Photo by Tracy Erwin Bulldogs players line the dugout railing as they look on during play at the John Tyler Varsity Tournament.

The Edgewood Bulldogs pitching staff put on a clinic during March 2-4, allowing just eight earned runs during a 4-1 run at the John Tyler Varsity Tournament.

Turner Bannister got the ball rolling on the stellar run, allowing just one hit while striking out 12 in a 6-0 win over Tyler March 2.

Offensively, Bannister helped his own cause by going 1/3 overall with a triple, 3 RBI and two runs scored. Tye Elie finished 2/3 at the plate with a pair of singles, and Kason Grant delivered an RBI.

Tyler Lee handed Edgewood's its only loss of the tournament in an afternoon affair March 2, holding the Bulldogs to just one hit in a 5-0 win.

Cooper Hill got the start for the Bulldogs, allowing three hits and an earned run in four innings on the mound. Keaton Seale pitched an inning in relief, also allowing an earned run, and Kason Grant allowed no baserunners during his one inning of work.


Indians finish 3-2 over busy week

Photo by Ayla Rightenour Judsen Truett tags out Canton’s Hunter Moore on a steal attempt during Grand Saline’s game against the Eagles.

The Grand Saline Indians spent plenty of time on the diamond over the course of the past week, taking the field four times as part of their home tournament March 2-4 before hosting the Martins Mill Mustangs for a non-district game March 7.

Grand Saline finished 3-2 overall during that stretch, recording wins over Scurry-Rosser, Winnsboro and Martins Mill while suffering losses to both Crandall and Canton.

The Indians began play March 2, scoring a 4-3 win over the Scurry-Rosser Wildcats in their tournament opener.

Trent Easley got the start and win for the Indians, allowing just five hits while striking out three in a complete game effort.

Offensively, Ryan Jones led the way by going 1/2 with an RBI. Other offensive leaders included Jake Morrison going 1/2 with a double and a run scored, Connor Lowe going 1/2 with a run scored, and Logan McDaniel going 1/2.


Lady Indians open district with wins

The Grand Saline Lady Indians put themselves in a good position after two games of district play, following up a big win over Quitman with a come from behind thriller over Alba Golden.

The Lady Indians opened district play March 3, scoring a 14-5 win on the road over Quitman. Grand Saline blew the game open with seven runs in the top of the fourth, and then ended the night in emphatic fashion with five more runs in the top of the seventh.

Emma Elliott picked up the win for Grand Saline, allowing just two earned runs in a complete game effort.

Extra base hits were the order of the night for the Lady Indians with players combining to hit six doubles and triples combined.


Lady Mustangs finish as 2A runners-up

Photo by Christine Davis The 2016-'17 Martins Mill Lady Mustangs finished the year with a staggering 37-3 record overall, including a State runner-up finish. Martins Mill's stellar play on the court included a 29-game winning streak.

The Martins Mill Lady Mustangs put together another impressive showing on the hardwood during the 2016-’17 season, reaching the UIL State Tournament for the 12th time in the program’s history. Another state championship for the Lady Mustangs was not to be, however, with a furious comeback bid in the State Final against Panhandle coming up just short.

March 3: State Semifinal

It was a clash of titans in San Antonio Friday morning as the Martins Mill Lady Mustangs, State Champions in 2015, hit the court for a game against the defending champion Weimar Lady Cats at the Alamodome in the Class 2A Semifinal.


Three clash at Lindale Tournament

Photo by David Kapitan Canton and Grand Saline players joined together on the field following the completion of their game at the Lindale Tournament Feb. 25.

The Van Zandt County softball community was well represented in Lindale Feb. 23-25, with Canton, Grand Saline and Van all hitting the diamond in tournament action.

The Eaglette program took early bragging rights among county teams at the event, finishing 4-1 overall including wins over Lindale, Spring Hill, Hawkins and Grand Saline at the event. The Lady Vandals finished 3-2 over the three-day event, missing out on going head-to-head against rival Canton but recording wins over Chapel Hill, Scurry-Rosser and Grand Saline. Grand Saline, which entered the week ranked 5th overall among all 3A teams in the state according to the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association Weekly Poll, endured and up and down tournament by finishing 1-3-1 in five games played.

February 23


Lady Cats dominate All-District, Superlative selections

The Fruitvale Lady Cats enjoyed a breakout 2016-'17 season on the court, earning the program's first district title in 10 years. Thanks to their top finish, the Lady Cats also added a bi-district round title before narrowly missing out on adding an Area crown to their list of season accomplishments.

Competing District 24-1A coaches were quick to recognize the program's accomplishments, bestowing numerous All-District and Superlative recognitions on Lady Cat players.

Superlative honorees included:

-MVP: Emily Driskill, Fruitvale

-Offensive Player of the Year: Brianna Young, Avinger

-Defensive Player of the Year: Amy Anderson, Fruitvale

-Newcomer of the Year: Haylee Campbell, Bloomburg

-Coach of the Year: Casey Chase, Fruitvale

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