May

12

Posted by : admin | On : May 12, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
TYLER–The Athens Hornets knocked off the Van Vandals in the first round of the playoffs 6-1 May 6 in Tyler.
Brandon Boyd started on the mound for Athens and pitched a complete game. He allowed seven hits while striking out nine and walking three.
Nobody scored in the first two innings but Athens finally got things going in the third after an RBI-single by Landon Bynum scored Jeremy Bateman. Athens took a 1-0 lead.
Athens then went on to score five runs in the fourth inning to go up 6-0 and put the game away. Alex Fernandez singled to start things off, then Boyd hit a sacrifice fly to move him to second base.
Luis Valdez and Casey Pitchford walked to load the bases then Fernandez scored on a a passed ball to make the score 2-0.
Peyton Brewer then hit into an RBI-fielder’s choice as Valdez came in to score on the play to make the score 3-0. Bateman came up to bat next and singled to knock in Zach Carlson to make it 4-0.
Cameron Woodard hit a single to load the bases and Landon Bynum grounded out to score Brewer to make the score 5-0. On the throw to home, Bateman came in to score for the 6-0 lead.
Van scored in the bottom of the sixth inning when Brett Doring knocked in Casey morrow to cut the lead to five. It would be the only run given up by Athens.
Athens was led at the plate by Woodard, who went 2-for-3. Bateman was 1-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Bynum was 1-for-3 with three RBI, Fernandez was 1-for-2 and Pitchford was 1-for-2 with one RBI.
After the game, Athens coach Dallas Robertson said that he was proud of how hard his team worked. He was happy to see them open the game up in the fourth inning and score runs to pull away.
Athens improves to 20-6 overall with the win. they will move on to the second round of the playoffs where they will face the winner of the Gilmer-Paris series in the area round next week.
Van ends the season with a fourth place district finish and a 11-15 record.

May

12

Posted by : admin | On : May 12, 2016

malakoff signing

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Malakoff High School senior Kiana Reed (front, center) signed a Letter of Intent to play basketball at Temple College in Central Texas May 10. Also pictured is (back, from left) Reed’s mother, Roshawn Weathersby, fellow Malakoff High School athlete Jalie Dawson and Malakoff High School girls basketball coach Meghan Hyde.

May

05

Posted by : admin | On : May 5, 2016

Malakoff area track champs

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The Malakoff Tigers track team wins the area championship, April 21 in West Rusk. Memebers of the team include (in no particular order) Tyler Russell, Q.T. Barker, Dylan Grim, Jake Woolverton, Xavier McCullar, Tyler Crawford and Payton Lowrey.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
WEST RUSK–The Malakoff tigers and Estace Bulldogs track teams competed at the District 17-18 3A area track and field meet April 21 at West Rusk High School.
In the varsity boys division, Malakoff finished as the area champion, while Eustace finished as the runner up.
In the varsity girls standings, Eustace finished in second place with Malakoff finishing in seventh place in the team standings.
The top four finishers advanced to the regional meet April 29-30 at Baylor University in Waco.
In the varsity boys division, Malakoff’s Q.T. Barker advanced to regionals with a second place finish in the 100-meters. Barker finished with a time of 11.23 seconds.
• 200-meters, Eustace Bulldog Tate Pace advanced with a third place finish in a time of 23.22.
• 400-meters, Eustace Bulldog Stone Wadsworth was fifth with a time of 52.16. Malakoff Tiger Xavier McCullar was sixth in a time of 52.96.
• 800-meters, Eustace Bulldog Zane Arambula was second with a time of 2:03.99. Eustace Bulldog Andrew Page was fifth with a time of 2:08.42. Eustace Bulldog Michael Wong was eighth with a time of 2:16.15.
• 1,600-meter run, Eustace Bulldog Ericsen Gudjohnsen was the area champion with a time of 4:44.71. Arambula was second in 4:45 and Daniel Purselley was sixth in a time of 5:01.
• 3,200-meter run, Eustace swept the top three positions as Gudjohnsen won with a time of 10:10.96. Brandon Richardson was second with a time of 10:28.38 and Daniel Purselley was third with a time of 10:28.91.
• 110-meter hurdles, Eustace Bulldog Colton Summerall was the area champion with a time of 15.62 seconds. Malakoff Tiger Jacob Woolverton advanced to area with a third place finish in a time of 15.79.
Eustace Bulldog Jude Bonner was fifth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.22. AJ Dixon-Thomas was seventh with a time of 17.92.
• 300-meter hurdles, Malakoff’s Tyler Russell was second with a time of 43.50, while Summerall advanced with a fourth place finish in 43.94. Bonner finished fifth in a time of 44.19.
• 400-meter relay, the Malakoff team of Tyler Crawford, Dylan Grim, Woolverton and Barker finished first with a time of 42.85.
The Eustace team of Alejandro Sanchez, Clifton Johnson, Cory Strawn and Tate Pace finished in sixth.
• 800-meter relay, the Malakoff team of Grim, Russell, Woolverton and Barker finished first with a time of 1:30.54. The Eustace team of Strawn, Sanchez, Keenan Hargest and Pace was sixth.
• mile relay, the Bulldogs team of Johnson, Strawn, Wadsworth and Pace finished first in a time of 3:29.25. Malakoff’s Crawford, McCullar, Coker and Russell finished fourth in a time of 3:35.84.
• field events, Tyler Russell was the area champion in the high jump with a height of six feet, six inches. Woolverton was third with a height of six feet.
• pole vault, Eustace Bulldog Cody Duncan was fourth with a height of 11 feet, six inches. Malakoff’s Sha’Zarrior Bailey was sixth and Eustace Bulldog Charles Womble was eighth.
• long jump, Russell was the area champion with a leap of 21 feet, ¼ inches. Woolverton finished sixth with a leap of 19 feet, 2 ¾ inches.
• shot put, Danyal Littleton advanced to regionals with a third place finish and a throw of 42 feet, six ½ inches. Malakoff’s Payton Lowrey was fifth and Larry Coker was eighth.
• discus, Coker advanced with a throw of 135 feet, eight inches.
In the varsity girls division, Eustace swept the first two positions in the 1,600-meter run as Skye Burns was first with a time of 5:45.63. Molly McAtee was second with a time of 5:46.36.
• 3,200-meters, Eustace had the area champion in Chanda Westbrook with a time of 11:44.06. Burns finished fourth with a time of 12:38.47.
• 100-meter hurdles, Malakoff Lady Tiger Charlsey Stearman was fifth with a time of 17.57. Eustace Lady Bulldog Marshalla Padgett was seventh in a time of 17.65.
• 400-meters, Eustace Lady Bulldog Samantha Richardson was fourth with a time of 1:05.95.
• 300-meter hurdles, Padgett was second with a time of 49.64. Malakoff’s Mackenzie Crist was third in 49.76 and Stearman was seventh in 52.34. Eustace Lady Bulldog Reece Thorne was eighth.
• 400-meter relay, the Malakoff team of Keiundryia Walker, Candace Denis, Monica Oviedo and Dawson was fourth in a time of 51.13. Eustace finished in eighth place with a time of 53.24.
• 800-meter relay, the Malakoff team of Walker, Dawson, Denis and Oviedo was sixth. Eustace finished in seventh place.
• long jump, Denis advanced to regionals with a third place finish with a leap of 15 feet, 11 ½ inches.
She advanced in the triple jump with a distance of 33 feet, one ½ inches to finish in fourth place.Crist finished in eighth place in the triple jump.
• pole vault, Eustace Lady Bulldog Whitney Boerner won the area title with a height of 10 feet, six inches.
• shot put, senior Kiana Reed finished fifth with a throw of 35 feet, seven inches. Eustace Lady Bulldog Gabi Corder was seventh.
• high jump, Crist was sixth with a height of four feet, six inches. Eustace Lady Bulldog Erica Hoops was seventh with a height of four feet, six inches.
• discus, Eustace had two qualifiers with a second place finish by Miranda Fontenot at 96 feet, six inches and Corder in fourth at 91 feet, nine inches.

May

05

Posted by : admin | On : May 5, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–The Athens Hornets finished their District Championship winning season in dominating fashion by beating the Kaufman Lions 8-0 on Senior Night, May 2.
This was the final home game for Jeremy Bateman, Landon Bynum, Paden Quade, Alex Fernandez, Brandon Boyd, Jacob Knight and Josh Sims.
In the first inning, Cameron Woodard, Bynum and Quade loaded the bases. Fernandez was walked and Woodard scored for a 1-0 Hornet lead.
Athens loaded the bases in the second inning again and Bynum walked to bring in Peyton Brewer for a 2-0 lead. Later in the inning, Quade knocked in Bateman with a single to put Athens up 3-0.
Neither team had any success scoring in the third inning. In the fourth inning, Athens had two outs but they were still able to score two more runs to go up 5-0.
First, Boyd hit a single to knock in Bynum after an error by the Kaufman shortstop. An error on the thrown allowed Quade to score too.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Woodard singled to drive in Brewer and make the score 6-0. Later in the inning, Bynum knocked in Bateman to make it 7-0.
Woodard scored the final run of the game for Athens to make the final score 8-0. The brilliant pitching by Athens kept Kaufman in check the entire game and the Lions could not do very much on offense.
Athens was led at the plate by Bateman, who went 2-for-3. Bynum was 2-for-2 with two RBI and Woodard and Quade had one hit each.
Athens coach Dallas Robertson said that he was happy to get a victory for the seniors and that it was a big momentum builder heading to the playoffs.
Robertson called the seniors a “special group” and said that he was proud of all they accomplished in their time at Athens. He was also pleased with how they represented the school and community.
With the victory, Athens finishes up the season 19-6 with an 11-1 mark in district. They were District Champions this season. They open the playoffs with a one-game series against Van.
Kaufman finishes the season with a 12-13 record with a 7-5 mark in district. They will enter the playoffs as a two seed, having finished second in district. Their playoff game has not been set.

Apr

28

Posted by : admin | On : April 28, 2016

1st brady williams age 6 and under

Courtesy Photo/Mendy Davis
Brady Williams (right), who won first place in the six and under division poses with his catch after recieving his award during the Kid Fishing event at Purtis Creek State Park, April 23.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
PURTIS CREEK–More than 60 fish were caught and just under 400 kids were angler education certified and received their very own rod and reel provided by the Friends of Purtis Creek at the annual “Kid Fish” event, held April 23 at Purtis Creek State Park in Eustace.
Three different age groups competed in the event and the top three from each age group recieved medals.
In the six and under category, the first place winner was Brady Williams. Cate Coker won second place and Colt Pope won third.
In the seven through 12 division, the first place winner was Wyatt Standridge. Jasmine Grover won second place and Gracie Standridge was third.
In the 13 through 16 division Mark Walters took home first place. Seth Johnson won second and Hunter Mercer was third.
Robert Mercer Jr. set a lake record for the Junior Angler Channel Catfish. His catch was 15.25” long and .096 pounds.
“Our event was a huge success,” Purtis Creek State Park Superintendent Mendy Davis said. “I would like to thank board members Carei and Bobby Bobbitt for volunteering and supporting the event. I would also like to thank our other sponsors and partners for helping to make this possible.”
Sponsors for the event included Friends of Purtis Creek, Cabela’s, Kiddie Kampus of Eustace, Brookshire’s, Nestle Waters, Trinity Valley Electric Coop, Dr. Pepper, Texas Forrest Service, Communication Division Hunter Education, Communication Division Angler Education, TPWD Game Wardens, TPWD State Park Police Officers, Regional Natural and Cultural Resource Specialists and Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Director and Volunteers.

Apr

28

Posted by : admin | On : April 28, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–The Athens Hornets continued to dominate district play, knocking off the Mabank Panthers 13-3 on a run rule in their April 22 game.
The Hornets were the “visiting” team in their own stadium. The game was originally planned to be played in Mabank but heavy rain caused unplayable field conditions for the game.
Athens scored early on in the first inning when Jeremy Bateman led the game off with a double. Paden Quade got on base next and Brandon Boyd hit a two-run RBI to score Bateman and Quade. Alex Fernandez later scored on a error to make it 3-0.
Athens made it 4-0 in the second inning when Landon Bynum knocked in Peyton Brewer on a sacrifice fly.
Mabank responded in the third inning and cut into the Athens lead. Dalton Penix got on base and scored when Trey Neighbors hit a double to bat him in and make the score 4-1.
Later in the inning, a single by Corey Flores scored Ty Winklevoss and a third strick that was dropped scored Dylan Truelove to make the game 4-3 in Athen’s favor.
Athens put the game away in the fifth inning when they scored nine runs off Neighbors and relief pitcher Kobey Roberts. Athens scored first when Fernandez knocked in Bynum with a single to make it 5-3.
Later in the inning, Boyd knocked in Quade with a double and Luis Valdez scored on a walk to make it 7-3. Brewer then hit a two-run RBI single to score Fernandez and Boyd. Bateman singled to score Valdez and Brewer made it 10-3 when he scored on an overthrow.
Bateman, Bynum and Fernandez all scored again in the inning for the 13-3 final score. The win makes Athens 10-1 in district play.

Apr

21

Posted by : admin | On : April 21, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
TRINIDAD–The Trinidad Trojans and Lady Trojans track teams had athletes advance to the Class A regional meet at Tarleton State University, April 16.
In the varsity girls division, Erica Airheart advanced in three events. She finished in second-place in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, 6 ¼ inches.
She was second in the triple jump at 33 feet, 10 ½ inches and finished in fourth on the 400-meter relay team.
Tori Moody was fourth in the triple jump at 31 feet, 6 ½ inches to advance to regionals. She finished fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 14.42 seconds and was a member of the 400-meter relay team.
Robin Polk advanced as a member of the 400-meter relay team along with Jaylynn Womack.
Polk advanced to regionals in the shot put with a third place finish. She had a throw of 31 feet, 10 ¾ inches.
Heather Monroe advanced to regionals as the area champion in the shot put with a throw of 35 feet, 3 ½ inches.
In the varsity boys division, Sean Davies advanced to regionals in the triple jump and the 110-meter hurdles. Davies was the area champion in the hurdles with a time of 16.63 seconds. In the triple jump, he was second with a leap of 39 feet, 11 ¾ inches.
In the varsity girls division, Mystic McClintock was sixth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 24.54.
In the 800-meter relay, Trinidad finished in sixth place with a time of 2:19.30. The Lady Trojans finished fifth in the mile relay with a time of 6:48.82.
In the discus, Monroe finished in eighth place with a throw of 75 feet, 3 inches. McClintock was 14th with a throw of 62 feet, 3 inches and Hallie Airheart was 15th with a throw of 61 feet, 11 inches.
In the high jump, Tori Moody was eighth with a height of 3 feet, 10 inches and Jaylynn Womack was ninth with a height of 3 feet, 8 inches.
In the long jump, Womack finished 19th with a leap of 10 feet, 1 ½ inches. Hallie Airheart was sixth in the shot put with a throw of 27 feet, 9 ½ inches.
In the varsity boys division, Jovante Hornbuckle was seventh in the 100-meters with a time of 12.32. Hornbuckle was sixth in the 200-meters with a time of 25.68 seconds. Antywon Shofner was eighth with a time of 26.23 seconds.
In the 300-meter hurdles, Davies was sixth with a time of 55.17. In the 3,200-meter run, Kaelab Eastman was 11th with a time of 14:27.18.
The Trinidad 800-meter relay team was third with a time of 1:45.69. Raymond Dawson finished 12th in the discus with a throw of 74 feet, 7 inches.
Tristan Fletcher was 15th in the discus with a throw of 67 feet, 6 inches and Johnny Ayala was 16th with a throw of 65 feet, 10 inches.
Ayala was 22th in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, ½ inches. In the shot put, Marcus was 13th with a throw of 31 feet, 1 1/2 inches. Colby Snider was 22nd with a throw of 27 feet.
Shofner finished in ninth place in the triple jump with a leap of 32 feet, 5 ½ inches.

Apr

21

Posted by : admin | On : April 21, 2016

Jake Woolverton

Monitor Photo/Ryan Moulds
Malakoff runner Jake Woolverton competes in the district track meet at Eustace, April 14.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
EUSTACE–The Eustace Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs and the Malakoff Tigers and Lady Tigers comepeted in the district track meet in Eustace, April 14.
In the 100-meter hurdles, Malakoff’s Charlsey Stearman advanced to area with a second place finish in a time of 17.59 seconds. Eustace Lady Bulldog Marshalla Padgett was third in 17.64 and Malakoff’s Mackenzie Crist was fourth in 17.72.
In the 1,600-meter run, Eustace had the district champion in Skye Burns with a time of 5:41.96, followed by Lady Bulldog Molly McAtee in second with a time of 5:43.03.
In the 100-meter dash, Malakoff had a second place finish from Jalie Dawson with a time of 13.28, followed by Candace Denis in third with a time of 13.51. In the 200-meter dash, Malakoff’s Monica Ovieda was third with a time of 27.79.
In the 300-meter hurdles, Malakoff’s Shaylea Boles was second in 52.48, following by Crist in 53.47 and Eustace Lady Bulldog Reece Thorne in fourth at 54.19.
In the 3,200-meter run, Eustace junior Chanda Westbrook was the district champion with a time of 11:47.70. Burns was third with a time of 12:41.40.
In the 400-meter dash, Eustace junior Samantha Richardson was second with a time of 1:04.10. Eustace Lady Bulldog Jacelyn Warner was fourth with a time of 1:06.12.
The Malakoff 400-meter relay team was second in 51.57, while Eustace finished fourth in 53.19.
The Malakoff 800-meter relay team finished third in 1:51.45, followed by Eustace in fourth with a time of 1:53.15.
The Eustace mile relay team finished second in 4:18.62, followed by Malakoff in fourth in 4:30.58.
In the 800-meters, Westbrook won the district title in a time of 2:23.78, while Eustace junior Shelby White was third in 2:28.87.
In the discus, Eustace Lady Bulldog Miranda Fontenot was second with a throw of 99 feet, 6 inches, followed by Gabbi Corder in third at 97 feet, 8 inches.
Denis was third in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 2 ½ inches.
Eustace Lady Bulldog Whitney Boerner won the district title in the pole vault with a height of 10 feet, 6 inches. Eustace Lady Bulldog Breanna Ragan was fourth with a height of 7 feet, 6 inches.
Malakoff’s Kiana Reed was second in the shot put at 36 feet, 10 ½ inches, followed by Corder in fourth at 32 feet, 2 ¾ inches.
Denis won the district title in the triple jump with a leap of 34 feet, 1 inch. Malakoff’s Mackenzie Crist was fourth with a leap of 31 feet, ¼ inches.
Malakoff Tiger Q.T. Barker won the district title in the 100-meters with a time of 11.09 seconds.
In the 110-meter hurdles, Malakoff’s Jacob Woolverton won the district title with a time of 15.53 seconds.
Eustace Bulldog Colton Summerall was second in 15.57, Eustace junior Jude Bonner was third in 16.74 and Malakoff’s A.J. Dixon-Thomas was fourth in 17.66.
In the 1,600-meter rush, Eustace swept the top three positions as Ericson Gudjohnson was first at 4:38.09. Daniel Purselley was second followed by Zane Arambula in third.
In the 200-meters, Eustace Bulldog Tate Pace was third in 23.55.
In the 300-meter hurdles, Eustace and Malakoff swept the four area spots led by Malakoff’s Tyler Russell in first at 41.09. Woolverton was second in 41.24, Summerall was third in 43.86 and Bonner was fourth in 45.20.
In the 3,200-meters, Gudjohnson was first in 9:58.10, Purselley was second in 10:47.10 and Brandon Richardson was third in 10:56.56.
In the 400-meters, Eustace Bulldog Stone Wadsworth was second in 51.97. Malakoff’s Xavier McCullar was fourth in 53.88.
In the 400-meter relay, Malakoff finished first, while Eustace was fourth. In the 800-meter relay, Malakoff was second, while Eustace was fourth and in the 1,600-meter relay, Eustace was first, while Malakoff was third.
In the 800-meter run, Arambula was first as 2:04.03, Eustace Bulldog Andrew Page was second at 2:10.21 and Michael Wong was third at 2:11.17.
In the discus, Malakoff was led by Larry Coker in first at 141 feet, 11 inches, followed by A.J. Dixon-Thomas in second at 121 feet, 9 inches.
In the high jump, Russell was first at 6 feet, 6 inches, followed by Woolverton at 6 feet.
Russell advanced in the long jump in first with a leap of 21 feet, 11 ½ inches. Woolverton was fourth at 21 feet.
In the pole vault, Eustace Bulldog Cody Duncan was second at 11 feet, 6 inches, followed by Malakoff’s Sha’Zarrion Bailey in third at 10 feet. Eustace Bulldog Charles Womble advanced at 9 feet, 6 inches.
In the shot put, Malakoff’s Danyal Littleton was first at 44 feet, 7 inches, followed by Malakoff’s Payton Lowery in second at 44 feet, 6 ½ inches. Malakoff’s Larry Coker was fourth at 40 feet, ¾ inches.

Apr

14

Posted by : admin | On : April 14, 2016

Malakoff and Eustace handshake post game

The News Photo/Ryan Moulds
Malakoff and Eustace players shake hands after Malakoff’s 16-1 victory in their April 5 game in Malakoff.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Lady Tigers beat the Eustace Lady Bulldogs 16-1, April 5. The game was called in the third inning because of a run rule.
Jaci Gray started on the mound for Eustace and Candace Denis started for the Lady Tigers.
Eustace got two on base but did not score to start the game. Malakoff scored Denis on an error in the first inning to go up 1-0.
In the second inning, Zoie Bailey walked and Gabi Corder stole home to tie the game 1-1. Abra Roberts struck out to end the inning.
Malakoff went up 3-1 in the second when Cheyenne Ramsey and Chaney Tart got home. Denis hit a home run to make it 5-1 and Chyann Jarrett scored to make it 6-1.
Malakoff got a big break when the umpire missed an interference call that would have ended the inning. Instead Malakoff loaded the bases and scored five more runs to make the score 11-1 going to the third.
Eustace didn’t score in the third inning. Jarrett scored for Malakoff to make it 12-1 and Tart knocked in Abby Terris and Ramsey to make it 15-1. Hannah Terris ended the game when she knocked in Tart.
The win improves Malakoff to 10-0 in district this season. Eustace falls to 4-6 in district and is tied with Frankston for the final playoff spot. Frankston holds the tie breaker.

Apr

14

Posted by : admin | On : April 14, 2016

Z Bailey

The News Photo/ryan moulds
Malakoff pitcher Z Bailey gets ready to throw a pitch during the third inning of Malakoff’s game against Eustace. Malakoff won the game 12-9 in comeback fashion.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Tigers baseball team won in a offensive thriller 12-9 against the Eustace Bulldogs, April 5 in Malakoff.
Tristan Tobey started on the mound for Malakoff and Rusty Rodgers started for Eustace.
In the first inning, Malakoff didn’t allow Eustace to score and also scored one run to take an early 1-0 lead.
In the second inning, Eustace quickly loaded the bases. Tobey walked Juan Maltos in for a run to tie the game and then hit Hayden Shaddox with a pitch that got Gannon Kirkhart home.
Later in the inning, Zach Compton knocked in Cory Strawn and Chris Carlson for a 4-1 lead. Shaddox stole home for a 5-1 lead. Eustace scored five runs in the inning but Malakoff answered back with three runs of their own due to errors. Eustace had a 5-4 lead going into the third inning.
In the third inning, Z Bailey checked in for Malakoff at pitcher. He walked a few batters and Shaddox loaded the bases. Kelly Ashton knocked in TJ Howard to make the score 6-4 and Howard batted in Cory Strawn and Shaddox to make it 8-4. Tyler Crawford came in to pitch and got the last out.
Eustace put Cory Strawn in at pitcher. Dylan Grim and Crawford led off the inning for Malakoff with singles and Trevor Martin walked to load the bases. Grim and Crawford got home on a walk and a sacrifice fly to make the score 8-6. Hunter Snow hit a single to get Martin home and to make the score 8-7. Malakoff would hit two more singles to tie the game at eight. Shaddox came in to pitch for the Bulldogs and got the final two outs.
Things slowed down for both teams in the fourth inning. Cody Strawn got a base hit for Eustace but they didn’t score. Grim led off the inning with a walk for Malakoff but they couldn’t get anything going either.
In the fifth inning, Howard hit a single with two outs to get on base. Maltos then singled to move Howard to second. Kirkhart stepped up and hit a double to get Howard home and help Eustace take the lead back 9-8.
Malakoff almost scored when a wild pitch got away from the Eustace catcher. Dustin Miller almost stole home but Shaddox tagged him out just in time to keep the score at 9-8 going into the sixth inning.
Eustace went down in order in the sixth. Grim scored for Malakoff in the bottom of the sixth on an overthrow error by Shaddox that tied the game at nine. Malakoff loaded the bases and Snow knocked in Crawford and Martin to put Malakoff up 11-9. Ford Sugai singled to get Miller home for the last run that made the game 12-9. Eustace had two big errors in the inning that hurt them.
The Bulldogs needed three runs to stay alive in the top of the seventh. Compton led things off with a single but it would not be enough and the game ended on a fly ball.
The loss dropped Eustace to 10-7 on the season and 5-3 in district play. Malakoff also won the first meeting this season 21-11 in Eustace. Eustace is third in district.