Ladies open up district play

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BY Kenny Mitchell


Lady Bears big gun Astonai Gray picked right up in baseball where she left on in basketball and started the district season with a 17 strikeout performance and an 8-1 win over the Paris Chisum Lady Mustangs.

The Lady Bears held a 3-21 advantage going into the top of the 7th and blew the game wide open then with five runs on some clutch hits.

An RBI triple by Railey Rankin was followed with another RBI hit from Bailey Blackstone and then the barrage of scoring was capped off with a two run triple from Gray to put the game away.

DeKalb rocked the Lady Mustangs pitcher for 12 hits in the game, including a 3 for 4 outing with a pair of RBI’s from Rankin and a trio of runs batted in from Gray.

The Lady Bears will host Cooper on Friday starting at 5 p.m.

The Hooks Lady Hornets earned their first district win with a pair of runs in the 7th inning lifting them over the New Boston Lady Lions by a final score of 6-4.

Hooks’ Sidney Pardue rapped a two run triple in the top of the 7th scoring Kenley Kyles and Cheyenne Springer and pitcher Marena Estell kept the Lady Lions in check in the bottom half of the inning to secure a complete game win.

Estell earned the win allowing eight hits and striking out nine.

At the plate, Korey Brooks and Pardue had a pair of RBI’s for the Lady Hornets, including a dinger for Pardue in the 1st inning, and Morgan McAlexander was 3 for 4 with an RBI for the Lady Lions. Meredith Farris, Emily McAlexander and Mckenzee Thomas also had an RBI each for New Boston.

The Redwater Lady Dragons won their district opener on the road with a 12-5 throttling of the Prairiland Lady Patriots.

Big bats and solid pitching was again the name of the game for the girls from Redwater as four Lady Dragons had three hit nights and pitcher Katy Worrell was solid as always with four strikeouts.

With the bat, Ramzi Smith was 3 for 5 with a dinger and Baylee O’Bannon also rocked one over the fence in her 3 for 4 performance. Kelli Francis and Keely Wilbur also rocked the Ladp Patriots pitching staff with three hits apiece.

The Lady Dragons will head to the Dallas metroplex this weekend to play in the McKinney tournament.

In baseball action, the Hooks Hornets jumped all over Liberty-Eylau in the third inning and never trailed from there as they went on to defeat the Leopards by a score of 9-4.

Jake Whitten got the win on the mound for Hooks scattering 10 hits and striking out six.

Dillon Pool and Jacob Ragland had the hot sticks for the Hornets as Ragland contributed three hits and three RBI’s and Pool was 3 for 3 with a pair of runs batted in. Bailon Powell also knocked in a pair of runs for the Hornets.

Hooks will be at the tournament in Elysian Fields this week with games versus Hughes Springs and Ore City slated for Thursday.

The New Boston Lions went on the road and rocked the host Daingerfield Tigers on Tuesday, blanking them by a score of 11-0.

The combination of Jake Bobbit and Philip Sissons teamed up to no hit the Tigers and the Lions bats came alive in the third inning scoring seven runs to seal the deal.

Brady Chitwood was a big stick for the Lions with three RBI’s and Cole McCool added a long ball.

The DeKalb Bears battled back from a two run deficit come back and beat the James Bowie Pirates by a final score of 4-2 on Tuesday. Dalton Hanna earned the win on the mound for the Bears.

After Daige Croley hit a 2 run dinger to give the Pirates the lead, the Bears scored a pair in the 6th and two more in the 7th to get the win.

Hanna and Tristen Jamison had RBI’s for the Bears, who will now face Rivercrest in DeKalb on Friday.


In the photo, Redwater Lady Dragon ace Katy Worrell

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