Boyd ISD approves field renovations


Boyd ISD trustees Monday night approved upgrades to the existing baseball and softball fields, putting in artificial turf, net backstops, renovating the dugouts and replacing side fences.
The cost of the project is $1,081,391. The district will pull money out of its reserves for the project.
The fields are expected to be ready for the teams’ district openers March 12.
Four different contractors will complete the work. Hellas will put in the turf for $988,375. Bob Moss Masonry will build the dugouts and the baseball backstop retaining wall for $21,490. Ray’s Fencing will put in the side fences for $15,925. Containment System will construct the net backstops for $55,601.
Trustees discussed the fields for more than two hours before voting 5-2 for the renovations. Kyle Erwin and Kenneth Shepherd voted against the project.

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Future stars: 2018 All-Wise Softball and Baseball Teams

Future stars: 2018 All-Wise Softball and Baseball Teams


Teams selected by Reece Waddell with consultation of Wise County coaches. Photos by Joe Duty. Graphic design by Joy Carrico.

Blanks

MVP:
Jerod Blanks, Chico

The senior earned 10-2A Pitcher of the Year honors, going 6-1 with a 3.00 ERA. He struck out 81 over 46 and two-thirds innings while hitting .563 at the plate.

Hicks

PITCHER OF THE YEAR:
Wilson Hicks, Decatur

The Oklahoma State commit gave up only seven earned runs all season. He had an ERA of 0.96 and tossed 51 innings for the Eagles, leading them to the region quarterfinals.

Couture

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Dylan Couture, Boyd

Couture was a 3A second-team all-state third baseman, batting .410 in 2018. The 8-3A Offensive Player of the Year had a monster season, smashing 13 doubles, two home runs and tallying 30 RBIs.

Essig

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Jace Essig, Paradise

The 8-3A Defensive Player of the Year was a wall behind the plate for the Panthers with a fielding percentage of 0.965. Essig committed just five errors all season and caught nine runners stealing.

Rascon

UTILITY PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Bodi Rascon, Decatur

Rascon hit .415 at the dish, drove in 30 runs and swiped 11 bases. On the mound, the lanky southpaw shut the opposition down, sporting an ERA of 1.70 over 39 innings.

Cook

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR:
Parker Cook, Paradise

The freshman went 4-3 with a 3.89 ERA, including an impressive start in the bi-district round of the playoffs against Brock. Cook threw the second-most innings on the team and fanned 27 batters on the year.

Chism

MVP:
Reagan Chism, Decatur

The 9-4A MVP tallied 259 strikeouts and pitched in 30 games, leading the Lady Eagles to an appearance in the region final. Chism walked just 27 batters all season and was unhittable at times with a 1.57 ERA.

Candioto

PITCHER OF THE YEAR:
Kendall Candioto, Paradise

An 8-3A first-team selection, Candioto collected 202 strikeouts to go along with a 2.78 ERA and 11-9 record. Six of her losses were by one run. Candioto led the Lady Panthers in every statistical category offensively, hitting .488 with five home runs and 25 RBIs.

Tipton

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Christina Tipton, Paradise

The 8-3A first-team catcher had a 0.974 fielding percentage and was Candioto’s battery mate behind the plate. She batted .340 with an on-base percentage of .376 and drove in 19 runs.

Trull

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Tristyn Trull, Decatur

The freshman hit .450 and drove in 27 runs in the heart of Decatur’s order. Trull was a 9-4A first-team selection and scored 39 runs on the season.

Rasbury

UTILITY PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Kristin Rasbury, Boyd

A four-year starter, Rasbury capped off her final season with the Lady Jackets by hitting .483 with 27 RBIs and four home runs. In the circle, she struck out 128 with a 4.58 ERA. She will play softball at Henderson State.

Hesteande

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR:
Brison Hesteande, Decatur

Hesteande batted .455, tallied 12 RBIs and scored 41 runs to help Decatur finish the season 25-6. She was 9-4A’s Newcomer of the Year and had a fielding percentage of 0.937.

Touch Em All

TOUCH ‘EM ALL – Decatur’s Bodi Rascon is greeted by teammates after hitting a grand slam against Bridgeport. Rascon was the All-Wise Baseball Utility Player of the Year. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

ALL-WISE BASEBALL FIRST-TEAM

Pitcher: Mikey Passariello, Paradise

The sophomore struck out 17 batters in one game and went 4-4 with a 2.14 ERA. He threw 51 and one-third innings on the season and had a WHIP of 1.711.

Pitcher: Boston McIntire, Boyd

McIntire went 5-4, recorded one save and struck out 65 to help Boyd take third in 8-3A. He had an ERA of 2.39 over 67 and one-third innings.

Catcher: Daniel Delgadillo, Bridgeport

The 9-4A first-team selection hit .333, drove in 20 runs and committed just one error behind the plate. He caught 20 runners trying to steal and was selected to play in the Sophomore Sun Belt Classic in Oklahoma City.

Infield: Mitchell Sellers, Paradise

The 8-3A first-team first baseman slugged .682, launched a home run and collected 20 RBIs in 2018. Sellers hit .424 and drew 15 walks for an OBP of .524.

Infield: Yobany Roman, Bridgeport

Roman hit .338 with an OBP of .462. He scored 17 runs, tallied 15 RBIs and had a fielding percentage of 0.988 at second base.

Infield: Kooper Martin, Chico

The freshman hit .446, drove in 26 and belted six doubles. He also pitched 28 and one-third innings and had a 4.69 ERA, earning him first-team honors from 10-2A.

Infield: Tanner Petree, Alvord

The 10-2A first-team selection led Alvord in RBIs with 24 and had an on-base plus slugging (OPS) of 0.981. On the mound, Petree went 4-2 and struck out 31.

Outfield: Beau Bedford, Decatur

Bedford hit .312, drove in 14 and had an OBP of .423. He also saw quality innings on the mound and out of the bullpen as a reliever.

Outfield: Jadon Maddux, Bridgeport

The speedy sophomore stole 20 bases and had a batting average of .328, earning him first-team honors from 9-4A. In the outfield. Maddux never committed an error and had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

Outfield: Payton Brown, Boyd

An 8-3A first-team outfielder, Brown patrolled center field for the Yellowjackets and hit .310 on the year. He produced 15 RBIs, scored 17 runs and laced seven doubles.

DH: Triston Read, Decatur

Read struck out just 10 times all year in 111 plate appearances. He hit .374 with 14 doubles, 32 RBIs and scored 26 runs.

ALL-WISE BASEBALL SECOND-TEAM

Pitcher: Clayton Machal, Alvord

The second-team 10-2A selection led the Bulldogs in innings pitched and tied for the team lead in wins. He was 2-0 with a 5.64 ERA and struck out 45.

Pitcher: Creighton Witt, Boyd

An 8-3A first-team designated hitter, Witt hit for .272 and also found success on the mound. He was 5-3 overall on the season, struck out 58 and boasted an ERA of 3.42.

Catcher: Dayne Chapman, Decatur

The 9-4A second-team catcher hit .333 with an OBP of .418. He drove in 18 runs and caught 16 runners stealing.

Infield: Bailey Umphress, Chico

A 10-2A second-team pitcher, Umphress also spent time at first base and had a solid year at the plate. He finished the season with a .411 average, driving in 26.

Infield: Bridger Skogberg, Paradise

The 8-3A second-team third baseman hit .278 for the Panthers, helping Paradise make it back to the postseason. He had an OPS of 0.741 in his senior campaign.

Infield: Rustyn Fuller, Chico

Fuller led Chico in RBIs with 31 and was third on the team in batting average at .427. He hit six doubles, two triples and scored 29 runs.

Infield: Ace Edgett, Alvord

The freshman hit .309 and was third on the team in RBIs with 16. Edgett had an OBP of .465 and averaged a walk once every five at-bats.

Outfield: Karson Parker, Alvord

The 10-2A second-team selection proved to be a tough out in 2018, tying for the team lead in batting average. He hit .361, led the Bulldogs in walks and triples, and drove in 10.

Outfield: Trey Valentine, Paradise

Valentine batted .256 and collected 10 RBIs. He recorded 23 putouts to go along with a 0.963 fielding percentage.

Outfield: Austin Lacy, Chico

The 10-2A first-team selection stole 24 bases and drove in 17 runs while batting .324. He led the Dragons in fielding percentage at 0.958.

DH: Jake Faust, Boyd

The senior hit .274 with 21 RBis for the Yellowjackets. He was 2-1 on the mound with a 2.21 ERA in district play

Out at Home

OUT AT HOME – Paradise catcher Christina Tipton tags out a City View runner at home plate. Tipton was the All-Wise Softball Defensive Player of the Year. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

ALL-WISE SOFTBALL FIRST-TEAM

Pitcher: Gracie Gose, Alvord

The freshman was a 12-2A first-team selection, using her change up to keep hitters off-balance. She notched 47 strikeouts over 43 innings.

Catcher: Jordyn Smith, Decatur

Smith recovered from surgery at the beginning of the season and returned for the final four games of district and the playoffs. She batted .549, drove in 17 runs and did not commit an error behind the plate.

Infield: Sydney Langley, Boyd

Langley flashed her power to all fields in 2018, crushing five home runs, 12 doubles and driving in 38. She hit .451 and was an 8-3A first-team selection each of the past two years.

Infield: Maddi Terry, Paradise

The 8-3A first-team second baseman hit .317 with one home run and 19 RBIs. She scored 22 runs and had a 0.848 fielding percentage.

Infield: Morgen Davidson, Bridgeport

A 9-4A first-team shortstop, Davidson hit .538 and drove in 11 runs. In the field, she made 46 putouts, tallied four assists and had a fielding percentage of 0.877.

Infield: Kaylee Rutledge, Boyd

An 8-3A second-team third baseman, Rutledge batted .379 with 18 RBIs. She hit 11 doubles and one home run and was a two-year starter for the Lady Jackets.

Outfield: Jaci Ticknor, Decatur

The 9-4A Offensive Player of the Year led the Lady Eagles in RBIs with 41. She hit .417 and had a 0.875 fielding percentage.

Outfield: Emerson Coleman, Bridgeport

Coleman hit .412 as a freshman and drew seven walks. She earned second-team 9-4A honors and recorded 26 putouts.

Outfield: Aliyah Smith, Decatur

The 9-4A first-team selection belted three home runs, drove in 15 and hit .390 for the Lady Eagles.

DH: Hannah Copeland, Northwest

The 6-5A first-team selection had a productive year at the plate, batting .427 with one home run and 10 RBIs. She had an OBP of .463 and a slugging percentage of .573

ALL-WISE SOFTBALL SECOND-TEAM

Pitcher: Laynee North, Chico

The 12-2A first-team selection came up big for the Lady Dragons in her senior year, tossing multiple gems throughout the season.

Catcher: Jordan Salmon, Boyd

An 8-3A all-district catcher, Salmon tied for the team lead in home runs with five. She hit .333 with six doubles and 19 RBIs.

Infield: Lilly Hooks, Decatur

Hooks hit .333 and had a 0.971 fielding percentage at first base, earning her 9-4A second-team honors.

Infield: Faith Hicks, Bridgeport

Hicks played at first, third and in the outfield, batting .286. She earned 9-4A academic all-district honors and drew six walks.

Infield: Maley Mader, Alvord

A 12-2A first-team third baseman, Mader hit .509 with an OBP of .581. The junior drove in 17 runs and was a force in the middle of Alvord’s order.

Infield: Samantha Cantu, Decatur

Cantu led the Lady Eagles in home runs with four and drove in 26 runs. She was a 9-4A first team selection and hit .333, playing in 33 games.

Outfield: Kristen Whatley, Boyd

A three-year starter, Whatley earned 8-3A first-team honors in her senior campaign. She hit .268 and drove in 12 runs with two triples.

Outfield: Kinly Walker, Alvord

Walker earned 12-2A first-team honors, batting .490 and tallying 26 RBIs. She pitched 49 innings, struck out 43 and had a fielding percentage of .909.

Outfield: Kristen Grooms, Bridgeport

A 9-4A second-team outfielder, Grooms had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage, recording 13 putouts and five assists in 18 total chances. At the plate, she hit .293.

DH: Katelyn Schedcik, Alvord

The senior hit .400 and launched a home run in 2018, earning her 12-2A first team honors. She drove in 15 runs and had an OBP of .538.

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Boyd takes strides; Volleyball makes run to state semis


Historic Season

HISTORIC SEASON – Boyd middle blocker Laney Pelligrini celebrates after scoring a point in a game against Decatur. The Lady Jackets went on to make their first appearance in the state tournament last season. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Boyd Yellowjackets kept fans on the edge of their seats during the 2017-2018 school year.

Needing to beat rival Paradise by 10 or more points in the regular season finale to clinch a playoff berth, the Boyd football team won 29-13 to secure the fourth seed in 4-3A.

The volleyball team made a run to the 3A semifinal before falling to eventual champion Goliad in five sets. Softball won five of its last six games to force a tiebreaker with Paradise and Bowie for the last two playoff spots in 8-3A, even though they ultimately lost both games.

“Overall, I thought we had a good year,” said athletic director Brandon Hopkins. “Football was getting back going in the right direction. We missed the playoffs [in 2016] but got in this year. We didn’t make it in softball, but we lost some pretty good talent over the past few years. I was proud of them.”

BEST TEAM: VOLLEYBALL

In 2012, Boyd’s volleyball program was still searching for its first district victory.

Last November, the Lady Jackets were two wins from their first state title in school history. Led by all-state outside hitter Jordyn Todd, Boyd made an appearance at the state tournament for the first time, losing to Goliad 3-2.

“Volleyball made a heck of a run to the state semis,” Hopkins said. “The thing about it is we have a chance to be even better this next year. We’ve got three all-staters back.”

In addition to Todd, Boyd also returns middle blocker Laney Pelligrini and libero Larrin Maxwell. All three were tabbed to the Texas Sportswriters Association 3A all-state team.

Todd received first-team honors, burying a school record 580 kills. Pellegrini made the second-team, notching 264 kills and 70 blocks. Maxwell earned third-team honors, tallying a school record 699 digs.

Over the past three seasons under coach Dusty Crafton, the Lady Jackets are 104-22.

“[Crafton] has been great,” Hopkins said. “She came in and definitely changed the culture. She’s done a tremendous job. We’ve had some kids develop as they come in. It’s night and day compared to before she got here.”

BEST SURPRISE: BASEBALL

The Yellowjackets were in the hunt for the 8-3A title most of the season and wound up taking third, finishing the year 15-16-1. They were swept by Peaster in the bi-district round of the playoffs.

Senior Dylan Couture led the charge at the plate for Boyd, earning 8-3A Offensive MVP honors. He also secured 3A second-team all-state honors at third base.

Couture hit .410, driving in 30 runs and smashing two home runs.

Boyd qualified for the postseason for the third year in a row after a lengthy playoff drought. From 2016-2018, the Yellowjackets were 44-45-2 under head coach James Karcher. He left earlier this month for the same job at Cooper High School.

“Coach Karcher did a great job,” Hopkins said. “Their main pitcher [Boston] McIntire is just going to be a junior [next year]. He’s definitely going to help and carry the load.”

Hopkins hired McIntire’s uncle, Brad, as Karcher’s replacement. He was an assistant at Grapevine High School last year.

Boston went 5-4 last season with an ERA of 2.39, striking out 65.

BOYD AT A GLANCE

Sport … ’16-17 record … ’17-18 record … Postseason

Football … 0-10 … 3-8 … Bi-district

Volleyball … 41-5 … 38-8 … State semifinal

Boys basketball … 9-19 … 14-11 … Missed playoffs

Girls basketball … 4-19 … 7-20 … Missed playoffs

Baseball … 16-17-1 … 15-16-1 … Bi-district

Softball … 11-19-1 … 10-19 … Missed playoffs

Track … Boys 2nd in 8-3A, Girls 6th in 8-3A

COACHING CHANGES

Sport … Previous Coach … New Coach

Baseball … James Karcher … Brad McIntire

Boys Track … John Basting … Joe Bounds

Girls Track … Cody Vanover … Oscar Hernandez

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Baseball: Wise County players earn academic all-state


Three Wise County athletes were named to the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Academic all-state team.

Noah Baker and Isaac Smith earned all-state honors from Northwest on the 5A squad.

Dylan Couture of Boyd joined the 3A team.

Couture was the District 8-3A Offensive MVP in 2018 and a THSBCA second-team all-state third baseman. He hit .410 for the Yellowjackets in the heart of their order, driving in 30 runs.

He had an on-base plus slugging (OPS) percentage of 1.126 and smashed 13 doubles and two home runs.

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Baseball: Boyd’s Couture earns all-state spot


Boyd third baseman Dylan Couture was named to the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association second team after hitting .410 in 2018.

The 6-0 senior was the Offensive MVP in District 8-3A, boasting an on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) of 1.126 and a slugging percentage of .635. He tallied 30 RBIs and hit 13 doubles and two home runs.

Couture had a .462 batting average during district play, leading the Yellowjackets to a third-place league finish and playoff appearance. Former Boyd coach James Karcher said Couture was the leader of the team all season.

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Baseball: Karcher leaves Boyd – Baseball coach departs after five seasons


Boyd baseball coach James Karcher is leaving for the same position at Cooper High School.

Karcher recently finished his fifth season with the Yellowjackets. Boyd went 15-16-1 this year and finished third in District 8-3A.

“He did a good job,” said Boyd athletic director Brandon Hopkins. “We’ve had some good kids roll through here and he’s done a good job with them getting them in the playoffs.”

The Yellowjackets advanced to the postseason for the third straight year, but lost to Peaster in the bi-district round. Boyd went 44-45-2 over the past three seasons.

Senior Dylan Couture was named District 8-3A Offensive MVP for his efforts this year. He hit .462 at the plate and drove in 17 runs. The Yellowjackets had three players selected to the first-team.

“Overall I’m pleased with what we’ve done,” Karcher said. “The first year we won eight games and the last three years I think we’ve won 15, 16 and [17] games. It’s my understanding that really hasn’t been done in a while around here. It makes me proud of the kids that I’ve coached. They put a bunch of hard work and dedication into the program. “

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Baseball: Couture, Essig earn individual honors – Cook named Newcomer of the Year


Boyd’s Dylan Couture earned District 8-3A Offensive MVP and Paradise’s Jace Essig was named 8-3A Defensive MVP after stellar 2018 campaigns.

Couture hit .462 for the Yellowjackets and drove in 17 runs. He slugged .635 and had an OPS of 1.126 to go along with a home run and six doubles.

Essig was a wall behind the plate for the Panthers, sporting a fielding percentage of .983. He committed only two errors on the season.

Essig’s battery mate, Parker Cook, was one of two Newcomers of the Year out of 8-3A. He went 3-2 on the season and had an impressive playoff start in Game 1 of the 3A Region I bi-district series against No. 2 Brock. Cook surrendered just three runs to the Eagles in a 3-1 loss. He finished the year with a 3.30 ERA and tallied 19 strikeouts.

First-team selections for Boyd included catcher Rustyn Ellis, outfielder Payton Brown and designated hitter Creighton Witt.

Ellis hit .357 and drove in 18 runs. Brown had an average of .333 and an OPS of .856. Witt hit .333 and worked 12 walks.

The Panthers’ first-team selections were pitcher Mikey Passariello, first baseman Mitchell Sellars and outfielder Will Reeves.

Passariello was 4-3 on the season with an ERA of 1.77. Sellars hit .417 at the dish with a home run and 14 RBIs. Reeves had an average of .250 and a fielding percentage of .933.

2018 DISTRICT 8-3A BASEBALL TEAM

MVP: Clay Botello, Jacksboro

Offensive MVP: Dylan Couture, Boyd

Defensive MVP: Jace Essig, Paradise

Pitcher of the Year: Weston Max, Henrietta

Newcomers of the Year: Parker Cook, Paradise; Hadley Harrigal, Holliday

Coaching Staff of the Year: Holliday

FIRST TEAM

Pitcher: Mikey Passariello, Paradise; Jake Turner, Holliday

Catcher: Rustyn Ellis, Boyd; Blake Gray, Holliday

First base: Mitchell Sellars, Paradise

Second base: Lathan Lowrance, Jacksboro

Shortstop: Luke Dixon, Jacksboro

Third base: Fernando Piedra, Jacksboro

Outfield: Will Reeves, Paradise; Payton Brown, Boyd; Ty Kennedy, Jacksboro; Zack West, Henrietta

Utility: Brendan Toulan, Holliday

Designated hitter: Creighton Witt, Boyd

SECOND TEAM

Pitcher: Boston McIntire, Boyd

Third base: Bridger Skogberg, Paradise

Outfield: Colby Cox, Paradise; Trey Valentine, Paradise

Utility: Cade Goodman, Paradise

HONORABLE MENTION

Boyd: Jake Faust, Nolan Clark

Paradise: Blaine Gibson, Trevor Helton, Trace Tyler

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Baseball: Peaster sweeps Boyd – Yellowjackets’ run ends in bi-district round


Peaster pitchers held Boyd in check for most of the weekend in Graford.

The Yellowjackets managed just one run in a 3A Region I bi-district series loss to the Greyhounds. Boyd fell 7-1 in Game 1 and 8-0 in Game 2.

Creighton Witt took the loss for the Yellowjackets in Game 1. He surrendered six runs on six hits over four innings. He struck out three and walked three.

Dylan Couture drove in Boyd’s lone run of the series in the fifth inning.

The Yellowjackets turned to sophomore Boston McIntire to salvage their season Saturday, but he gave up six runs on 10 hits in five and two-thirds innings.

Boyd finished the season 15-16-1 overall. The Yellowjackets took third place in District 8-3A.

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Baseball: Decatur clinches playoff berth – Rascon’s grand slam propels Eagles past Bulls


Touch Em All

TOUCH ‘EM ALL – Decatur’s Bodi Rascon is greeted by teammates after hitting a grand slam. Rascon’s blast gave the Eagles the lead for good in a 6-2 victory over Bridgeport. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Bodi Rascon turned the game around in one swing last Friday against rival Bridgeport.

With the bases loaded and the score tied at two, Rascon teed off on a fastball, depositing Corbin Bailey’s pitch over the right field fence for a grand slam. Rascon’s fourth-inning blast gave Decatur the lead for good in a 6-2 victory over the Bulls.

IN A GROOVE – Decatur junior Wilson Hicks pitches during a game against Bridgeport. Hicks struck out nine in a 6-2 win. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“[Bailey] was throwing the same thing,” Rascon said. “The second at-bat I lined him up down the middle and relaxed, and that third one I was just confident I was going to get a base hit. It felt really good. I knew it was gone. I just didn’t want to celebrate it too much.”

Decatur claimed the third seed in District 9-4A with the win and Sanger’s loss to Krum. The Eagles will face Dallas Pinkston in the bi-district round. Game 1 is at 7 p.m. Thursday in Decatur. Game 2 is at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Pinkston. Game 3, if necessary, would follow.

Bridgeport entered the game fighting for its playoff life. The Bulls needed a win to force a three-way tie for the final two playoff spots in 9-4A between Sanger and Decatur. Instead, the Bulls’ season ended at 3-7 in district.

Southpaw Wilson Hicks got the nod for Decatur on the mound. Hicks gave up only one hit in the final six innings. He sat the Bulls down in order in the third, fourth and fifth innings, pitching a complete-game.

Hicks finished the night with nine strikeouts. He struck out the side in the top of the third, freezing Daniel Delgadillo with an off-speed pitch.

“Our gameplan was get guys on base and bunt them over – do some things like that to really get [Hicks] out of his rhythm,” said Bridgeport coach Ted Leps. “Once he gets going, he’s pretty hard to hit. There was one inning where he didn’t throw more than 10 pitches. Our goal against any ace is to get to the bullpen, and we weren’t able to do that.”

Hicks allowed his only two runs in the first inning. The junior walked the first batter of the game and then made an errant throw to second base, putting two runners aboard. Bridgeport’s Ethan Herschler gave the Bulls a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI-single to center.

“Whenever you walk the lead-off batter, it’s always hard,” Hicks said. “The first inning was on me. I just went out there, relaxed, got in a rhythm and pounded the strike zone. I got ahead and worked ahead. I got in a good groove by the third [inning].”

The Eagles got a run back in the bottom of the first on a bad pickoff throw to first. As Hicks continued to keep Bridgeport off the board, Decatur started to solve Bailey until finally breaking through in the fourth with Rascon’s bases-clearing grand slam.

The Bulls ended their season 9-17 overall. The Eagles finished 16-13 overall and 5-5 in district.

Decatur advanced to the 4A Region II finals last year, falling to Texarkana Pleasant Grove one series shy of the state tournament,

“Once we knew we weren’t going to win [district] and couldn’t finish second, our goal was to get into the top part of the bracket. We did that,” said Decatur coach Tommy Maddox. “It’s week-by-week now. It doesn’t matter how you get in [the playoffs]. You get in, get on a roll and hopefully take care of some business.”

BASEBALL

4A Region II bi-district
Decatur vs. Dallas Pinkston
Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday at Decatur
Game 2: 4:30 p.m. Friday at Pinkston
Game 3, if necessary: Immediately after Game 2

3A Region I bi-district
Boyd vs. Peaster
Game 1: 4:30 p.m. Friday at Graford
Game 2: 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Graford
Game 3, if necessary: Immediately after Game 2

3A Region I bi-district
Paradise vs. Brock
Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday at Weatherford College
Game 2: 5 p.m. Friday at Weatherford College
Game 3, if necessary: Immediately after Game 3

2A Region II bi-district
Chico vs. Archer City
Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday at Bowie
Game 2: 7 p.m. Friday at Bowie
Game 3, if necessary: 2 p.m. Saturday

SOFTBALL

4A Region II Area
Melissa vs Decatur
7 p.m. Thursday at Prosper

RESULTS

4A Region II bi-district
Decatur 21, Dallas Roosevelt 0

2A Region II
Perrin-Whitt 7, Alvord 2
Perrin-Whitt wins series 2-0

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Baseball: No. 1 Argyle beats Decatur


No. 1 Argyle stayed undefeated Tuesday, routing Decatur 11-1 in six innings.

Starter Beau Bedford surrendered nine runs on six hits in three innings. Only four of the runs were earned. The Eagles committed four errors on the night.

Chase Oberle threw two and two-thirds innings of relief. He scattered two runs on two hits, striking out five.

Decatur managed just four hits. Triston Read drove in the Eagles’ only run of the game. He went 1-for-3 at the dish.

Decatur fell to 4-5 in District 9-4A. The Eagles hosted rival Bridgeport Friday in the regular season finale.

BRIDGEPORT 11, SANGER 8

Bridgeport snapped a four-game losing skid with an 11-8 victory over Sanger Tuesday.

The Bulls improved to 3-6 in District 9-4A. Bridgeport traveled to Decatur Friday for the regular season finale.

JACKSBORO 2, PARADISE 1

Jacksboro narrowly edged Paradise 2-1 Tuesday night.

The Panthers dropped to 7-6 in District 8-3A. Paradise hosted Bowie Friday in the regular season finale.

If the Panthers beat the Rabbits, they will clinch the fourth and final playoff spot in 8-3A. If Paradise loses, they will tie Henrietta and have a one-game playoff at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Graford.

HENRIETTA 9, BOYD 4

Boyd could not catch up to Henrietta, falling to the Bearcats 9-4.

The Yellowjackets hosted Jacksboro Friday. If Boyd wins, they will finish second in District 8-3A. If the Yellowjackets lose, they will finish third.

Boyd is 9-4 in district and 15-13-1 overall.

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Baseball: Hicks throws gem in win over Sanger


Wilson Hicks threw five hitless and scoreless innings Friday as Decatur beat Sanger 10-6.

The southpaw struck out 10 in five innings of work.

Roman Fuller entered in relief in the sixth inning. He allowed six runs on five hits, walking five.

Dayne Chapman and Eddie Fernandez went 2-for-3 at the plate, driving in two runs apiece.

The Eagles improved to 15-12 overall and 4-4 in District 9-4A. Decatur will travel to Argyle Tuesday.

GAINESVILLE 7, BRIDGEPORT 3

Bridgeport fell to Gainesville 7-3 Friday. The Bulls dropped to 8-16 overall and 2-6 in District 9-4A.

PARADISE 4, HENRIETTA 3

Trailing Henrietta 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Colby Cox came through in the clutch for Paradise.

Cox cleared the bases on a 2-2 count, lacing a triple to send the Panthers home with a 4-3 walk-off win.

Paradise improved to 7-5 in District 8-3A with the victory.

Mikey Passariello started the game on the mound for the Panthers. He gave up three runs on two hits, striking out six over five innings.

Paradise will travel to Jacksboro Tuesday.

BOYD 24, CITY VIEW 0

Boyd clinched a playoff berth Friday with a 24-0 romp of Wichita Falls City View in five innings.

The Yellowjackets scored 11 runs in the third inning. Rustyn Ellis led the charge offensively, tallying seven RBIs. Dylan Couture was 3-for-3 at the dish. He plated two runs.

Creighton Witt and Payton Brown combined to throw a no-hitter for Boyd.

The Yellowjackets moved to 9-3 in District 8-3A. Boyd will travel to Henrietta Tuesday.

COLLINSVILLE 6, ALVORD 0

Collinsville shut out Alvord 6-0 last Friday. The Bulldogs managed seven hits in the game but were unable to scratch across a run.

Clayton Machal took the loss for Alvord. He scattered three runs on six hits, striking out three.

The Bulldogs dropped to 5-8 in District 11-2A.

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Baseball: Krum sweeps Eagles


Decatur fell behind 7-0 after two innings and could not catch up to Krum, losing 7-4 Tuesday.

The Bobcats took both games from the Eagles this season.

Beau Bedford got the start for Decatur. He surrendered seven runs on six hits in four innings. Bryson Oates and Bodi Rascon each threw scoreless innings of relief out of the bullpen.

Triston Read continued his hot streak at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Dayne Chapman went 1-for-3 and also drove in a run.

The Eagles dropped to 14-12 overall and 3-4 in District 9-4A.

ARGYLE 12, BRIDGEPORT 0

No. 1 Argyle rolled Bridgeport 12-0 as two pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter.

Conner Holzer took the loss for the Bulls. He gave up nine runs on 10 hits in three innings of work. Michael Young threw two innings of relief, scattering three runs on two hits.

Bridgeport fell to 8-15 and 2-5 in District 9-4A.

BOYD 13, NOCONA 3

Boston McIntire threw a complete-game and Boyd pummeled Nocona 13-3.

The sophomore scattered three runs on nine hits in seven innings. He struck out six.

The Yellowjackets scored five runs in the fifth inning. Rustyn Ellis and Lane Wilson each collected RBIs in the frame. Ellis drove in two runs and Wilson tallied three RBIs.

Dylan Couture went 2-for-3 and plated three runs.

Boyd improved to 8-3 in District 9-4A.

PARADISE 21, CITY VIEW 1

Trevor Helton drove in six runs and Paradise thumped City View 21-1 in five innings.

The Panthers scored 10 runs in the fifth inning to seal the victory. Mitchell Sellars went 3-for-5 at the plate and collected three RBIs. Jace Essig went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

Mikey Passariello earned the win for Paradise, allowing one hit in two scoreless innings with four strikeouts.

Paradise moved to 6-5 in District 9-4A.

ALVORD 15, ERA 4

Alvord used a seven-run first inning to rout Era 15-4.

Wright Clint led the Bulldogs at the dish. He went 2-for-2 with a walk and drove in two runs.

Ace Edgett picked up the win for Alvord. He gave up four runs on four hits over four innings. He struck out five and walked five.

The Bulldogs moved to 5-7 in District 11-2A.

COLLINSVILLE 6, CHICO 5

Chico fell to Collinsville 6-5. The Dragons dropped to 6-5 in District 11-2A.

Chico has lost four of its last five games.

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Baseball: Read’s big day fuels Decatur


Triston Read drove in seven runs as Decatur thumped Gainesville 13-1 in five innings. Read went 2-for-3 at the plate and hit a grand slam in the third inning.

Chase Oberle got the nod for the Eagles on the mound. He allowed one run on two hits in four innings, striking out five.

Decatur tallied 12 hits. Read, Eddie Fernandez, Bodi Rascon and Dayne Chapman all had multi-hit games.

The Eagles improved to 14-10 overall and 3-3 in District 9-4A. Decatur will travel to Krum Tuesday.

KRUM 9, BRIDGEPORT 1

Krum used a six-run second inning to run away from Bridgeport 9-1.

Corbin Bailey suffered the loss, giving up eight runs on six hits in four innings. He struck out four and walked four.

Daniel Delgadillo had the Bulls’ only hit of the game.

Bridgeport fell to 8-14 overall and 2-4 in District 9-4A. The Bulls will host No. 1 Argyle Tuesday.

PARADISE 4, BOYD 3

Paradise stayed in the thick of the District 8-3A playoff race with a 4-3 walk-off victory over rival Boyd.

The Panthers trailed 3-2 entering the bottom of the seventh, but got two runs in the frame to come away with the win. Colby Cox knocked in the deciding run for Paradise on a double.

Parker Cook went the distance for the Panthers on the hill, scattering three runs on two hits over seven innings. He struck out five.

Creighton Witt got the start for the Yellowjackets and surrendered two runs on four hits over five innings. He struck out eight.

Paradise improved to 5-5 in district. Boyd dropped to 7-3 in league play and has lost two straight.

The Panthers will travel to City View Tuesday. The Yellowjackets will travel to Nocona.

CHICO 9, ALVORD 6

Chico snapped a three-game losing skid with a 9-6 victory over rival Alvord.

Jerod Blanks went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Dragons with a walk. He also started the game for Chico, scattering four runs on six hits. He struck out nine.

Clayton Machal took the loss for the Bulldogs. He surrendered nine runs on 12 hits over five and two-thirds innings.

The Dragons scored a run in every inning except the fifth. All but one Chico player tallied a hit.

Alvord dropped to 4-7 in District 11-2A. The Dragons improved to 6-4 in league play.

The Bulldogs will host Era Tuesday. Chico will play Collinsville.

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Baseball: Boyd drops pivotal game to Holliday


Making the Play

MAKING THE PLAY – Yellowjacket third baseman Whitt Hill throws to first to retire a batter. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

With first place in District 8-3A on the line, Boyd could not hold on to a slim lead, falling to Holliday 3-1.

The Yellowjackets managed just one hit, but took an early lead on an error by the Eagles.

Boston McIntire got the start for Boyd and went five and two-thirds innings, scattering two runs on three hits. He struck out five.

Creighton Witt pitched one and one-thirds innings of relief.

Payton Brown had the Yellowjackets’ only hit of the game.

The loss snapped Boyd’s six-game winning steak and dropped the Yellowjackets to 13-11-1 overall and 7-2 in district play. Boyd traveled to Paradise Friday.

PARADISE 10, NOCONA 0

Mikey Passariello threw a complete-game shutout as Paradise blanked Nocona 10-0.

Passariello surrendered one hit in six innings of work. He struck out 11.

Cade Goodman led the Panthers at the plate, going 3-for-3 with four RBIs.

Paradise put up six runs in the sixth inning with Goodman, Mitchell Sellers, Will Reeves and Colby Cox driving in runs.

The Panthers improved to 4-5 in District 8-3A. Paradise hosted Nocona Friday.

MUENSTER 10, ALVORD 0

Muenster jumped out to a 10-run lead and never looked back, routing Alvord 10-0.

The Bulldogs surrendered 15 hits in five innings. Alvord was held to just one hit.

Tanner Petree got the start for the Bulldogs and scattered seven runs on seven hits.

Alvord fell to 4-6 in District 11-2A. The Bulldogs traveled to Chico Friday.

SAINT JO 8, CHICO 4

Chico’s was unable to snap its losing streak against Saint Jo, falling 8-4.

The Dragons have lost three games in a row. Chico dropped to 5-4 in District 11-2A. The Dragons hosted rival Alvord Friday.

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Baseball: Bridgeport upsets Sanger


Bridgeport exploded for 10 runs in the sixth inning Friday to upset Sanger 10-7 at home.

Corbin Bailey plated the winning run for the Bulls, singling on a 1-0 count. Daniel Delgadillo went 2-for-4 at the plate and collected two RBIs. Jadon Maddux was 1-for-2 with an RBI and two walks.

Bailey also earned the win on the mound. He surrendered seven runs on nine hits in six innings. He struck out three. Michael Young closed the game out, pitching a scoreless seventh inning to slam the door.

Bridgeport improved to 8-12 overall and 2-2 in District 9-4A. The Bulls hosted rival Decatur Tuesday.

On the Mound

ON THE MOUND – Decatur’s Bodi Rascon pitches against Argyle. Rascon allowed two runs in three hitless innings. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

ARGYLE 8, DECATUR 2

Decatur dropped its third straight game Friday, falling to No. 1 Argyle 10-2.

Bodi Rascon started for Decatur. He allowed two runs in three hitless innings. He struck out seven and walked five.

Chase Oberle threw four innings of relief, scattering six runs on 10 hits.

Argyle did most of its damage in the late innings, scoring one run in the fifth, two in the sixth and three in the seventh. Decatur held Argyle scoreless through the first two frames.

Wilson Hicks led Decatur at the dish, going 2-for-3. Triton Read went 1-for-3 in the leadoff spot, driving in one run.

Decatur fell to 12-10 overall and 1-3 in District 9-4A. They traveled to Bridgeport Tuesday.

BOYD 11, BOWIE 2

Boyd extended its winning streak to six games Friday, routing Bowie 11-2.

The Yellowjackets scored nine runs in the second inning to build a quick lead. Creighton Witt, Rustyn Ellis and Dylan Couture all singled in the frame. Alex Booth walked.

Witt ended the night 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Couture went 2-for-5 and also drove in two runs.

Witt also earned the win on the mound. He went four and two-thirds innings, surrendering two runs on four hits. He struck out seven and walked one. Jacob Faust pitched two scoreless innings in relief.

Boyd improved to 13-10-1 overall and 7-1 in District 8-3A. The Yellowjackets hosted Holliday Tuesday with a chance to move into a tie for first place with a win.

HOLLIDAY 5, PARADISE 3

With the game tied at three in the bottom of the fourth, Holliday’s Ethan Greer tripled on a 1-1 count to score the winning run in a 5-3 win over Paradise Friday.

The Panthers scored two runs in the first inning and added a run in the third. Mitchell Sellars led Paradise at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a walk. He tallied two RBIs.

Parker Cook took the loss for the Panthers. He gave up five runs on five hits in four innings of work. Cook struck out two.

Paradise dropped to 3-5 in District 8-3A. The Panthers hosted Nocona Tuesday.

VALLEY VIEW 14, ALVORD 2

Valley View ran away from Alvord 14-2 Friday in five innings.

The Eagles scored a run in every inning and blew the game open in the fourth, plating seven runs.

Daidrain Locklear took the loss for the Bulldogs. He gave up five runs on 10 hits in two innings. Tanner Petree and Clayton Machal threw innings of relief out of the bullpen.

Petree went one and two-thirds innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits. Machal gave up a run on four hits.

The Bulldogs fell to 4-5 in District 11-2A. Alvord hosted Tioga Tuesday.

LINDSAY 3, CHICO 1

Chico was unable to string together timely hits Friday against Lindsay, falling to the Knights 3-1. The Dragons dropped to 5-3 in District 11-2A.

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Baseball: Northwest shuts out Boswell


Brendan Parker threw a complete game one-hitter to lead Northwest past Boswell 1-0 Tuesday.

Parker struck out five in seven innings of work, needing only 78 pitches.

Hunter Adkins drove in the only run of the game in the first inning on a single. Jayden Smith went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Texans.

Northwest improved to 8-14 overall and 5-3 in District 6-5A. The Texans hosted Boswell Friday.

BRIDGEPORT 15, GAINESVILLE 5

Bridgeport rolled Gainesville 15-5 Tuesday. The Bulls used an offensive explosion to quickly mount a 10-1 lead by the third inning.

Bridgeport scored five runs in both the first and second frames.

Daniel Delgadillo got the scoring started on an RBI-double. He led the Bulls at the dish, going a perfect 3-for-3.

Connor Holzer earned the win. He went five innings, allowing five runs on five hits. He struck out eight and walked one.

The Bulls moved to 7-12 overall and 1-2 in District 9-4A with the victory. Bridgeport played Sanger Friday.

PARADISE 7, BOWIE 2

Mikey Passariello tied a school record Tuesday, striking out 17 in Paradise’s 7-2 win over Bowie.

Passariello quickly settled down after giving up a leadoff triple and home run to the first two batters of the game. The Jackrabbits never recorded a hit after that.

Paradise took the lead in the third inning when Jace Essig and Mitchell Sellars collected RBIs. Essig doubled home two runs and Sellars singled to put the Panthers up for good.

Paradise improved to 3-4 in District 8-3A with the win. The Panthers traveled to Holliday on Friday.

BOYD 14, JACKSBORO 1

The Yellowjackets extended their winning streak to five games Tuesday, routing Jacksboro 14-1.

Brian Couture drove in five runs for Boyd in the win. He singled in the third, tripled in the fifth and singled in the seventh. Couture went 3-for-5 at the plate with a walk.

The Yellowjackets scored a run in every inning except the second. Creighton Witt and Boston McIntire combined to limit the Tigers to just one run.

Witt got the start, allowing five hits in three and two-thirds scoreless innings. He struck out four.

McIntire entered in relief and threw three and one-thirds innings, giving up one run on three hits. He struck out five.

Boyd moved to 12-10-1 overall and 6-1 in District 8-3A. The Yellowjackets went to Bowie Friday.

KEY VICTORY – Alvord’s Ace Edgett pitches in a game against Saint Jo Tuesday. The Bulldogs came away with a 10-7 win. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

ALVORD 10, SAINT JO 7

Alvord survived a six-run third inning by Saint Jo Tuesday, beating the Panthers 10-7.

Ace Edgett got the start for the Bulldogs but only lasted two and two-thirds innings. He gave up six runs on eight hits.

Clayton Machal threw three innings of relief, giving up one run on four hits. He struck out six. Tanner Petree closed the game out, giving up one hit over the final one and one-thirds innings.

Petree led Alvord at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a walk and three RBIs.

The Bulldogs improved to 8-8 overall and 4-4 in District 11-2A. Alvord hosted Valley View Friday.

VALLEY VIEW 9, CHICO 7

Chico could not overcome an early four-run deficit in Tuesday’s 9-7 loss to Valley View.

The Eagles put four runs on the board in the first inning. Jerod Blanks got the start for Chico and went five innings, scattering five runs on six hits. He struck out 10.

Logan Ellis, Bailey Umphress and Kooper Martin had multi-hit days for the Dragons. Umphress went 2-for-3 with a walk.

The loss dropped Chico to 10-4 on the season and 5-2 in District 11-2A.

BASEBALL STANDINGS AS OF FRIDAY, APRIL 6

DISTRICT 6-5A

1. Eaton … 7-0
2. Azle … 5-1
3. Northwest … 5-3
4. Aledo … 4-4
5. Brewer … 2-4
6. Boswell … 2-5
7. Chisholm Trail … 1-5
8. Saginaw … 1-6

DISTRICT 9-4A

1. Argyle … 3-0
2. Sanger … 2-1
2. Krum … 2-1
4. Decatur … 1-2
4. Bridgeport … 1-2
6. Gainesville … 0-3

DISTRICT 8-3A

1. Holliday … 7-0
2. Boyd … 6-1
3 Jacksboro … 5-2
4. Paradise … 3-4
4. Bowie … 3-4
4. Henrietta … 3-4
7. Nocona … 1-6
8. City View … 0-7

DISTRICT 11-2A

1. Muenster … 7-0
2. Chico … 5-2
3. Lindsay … 5-3
4. Valley View … 4-3
5. Alvord … 4-4
6. Collinsville … 3-5
7. Era … 2-6
8. Saint Jo … 1-4
9. Tioga … 0-4

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Baseball: Decatur falls to Krum


Decatur surrendered an early four-run lead in a 6-4 loss to Krum Thursday night.

Chase Oberle took the loss for the Eagles. He scattered six runs on 10 hits. He struck out four and walked one. Beau Bedford pitched one and two-thirds innings of relief, allowing one hit.

Wilson Hicks went 3-for-4 at the plate. The Eagles scored two runs in the first and two runs in the second.

Decatur fell to 12-8 on the season and 1-1 in District 9-4A.

KRUM 12, BRIDGEPORT 6

Bridgeport’s comeback bid fell short Wednesday against Krum in a 12-6 setback.

Connor Holzer got the start for Bridgeport. He surrendered 10 runs on 13 hits in four innings of work. Krum scored four runs in the first frame.

Bridgeport took the lead after scoring five runs in the second inning, but was unable to hold it. The Bobcats added four runs in the fourth and two runs in the fifth and sixth.

Michael Cole, Jadon Maddox and Daniel Delgadillo all drove in runs in the loss.

Bridgeport fell to 6-11 on the season and 0-1 in District 9-4A.

BOYD 10, HENRIETTA 7

Boston McIntire threw six innings and Boyd edged Henrietta 10-7 on Thursday.

McIntire surrendered seven runs on 10 hits.

Creighton Witt drove in three runs, going 3-for-5. Dylan Couture had two RBIs and went 2-for-4 at the plate.

The Yellowjackets got two insurance runs in the seventh inning to seal the win.

Boyd moved to 11-10-1 overall and 5-1 in District 8-3A.

HENRIETTA 4, PARADISE 1

Paradise was unable to string together timely hits in a 4-1 loss to Henrietta Tuesday.

The Panthers managed just three hits on the night. Trevor Helton, Jace Essig and Tre Valentine all had hits for the Panthers.

Mikey Passariello took the loss for Paradise. He scattered two runs on seven hits. He walked seven in four and two-thirds innings of work.

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Baseball: Boyd handles Nocona – Faust’s big night propels Yellowjackets


Jacob Faust was feeling it on the mound and at the plate Friday night.

Faust pitched six and one-third innings, scattering four runs on 13 hits to earn the win. He also went 2-for-4 at the plate, delivering a bases clearing RBI-double in the fifth inning to secure Boyd’s 10-4 victory over Nocona.

ON THE RUBBER – Jacob Faust got the win for Boyd last Friday against Nocona. He pitched six and one-third innings and drove in five runs. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“[Faust] was good,” said Boyd coach James Karcher. “He hadn’t pitched in a little while, and he came out here and did what I want all my guys to do, and that’s throw strikes. He’s been hitting the ball well all year but pitching-wise he was tremendous.”

Faust wiggled his way out of several jams throughout the game. With the bases loaded and one out in the second, Faust got the Nocona hitter to line out to Brian Couture, who doubled up the runner at first to end the inning.

Faust got out of trouble again in the sixth when he surrendered just one run after putting two runners aboard with no one out. He induced a ground ball to retire the side, minimizing the damage.

“I just don’t worry about it,” said Faust of tight spots. “I keep pitching, keep throwing strikes. Don’t give up free runs. That’s it.”

The Yellowjackets scored their first run of the game in the first inning when Lane Wilson was hit by a pitch, plating a run. Boyd added another run in the second on a two-out RBI-double by Faust into the right field gap.

In the fourth, Dylan Couture scratched across two runs on a looping line drive single into right field. Faust gave the Yellowjackets some much-needed insurance in the fifth when he slapped a ball down the first base line that scored three runs.

“I’m just glad it went fair,” Faust said. “I just put a good bat to it. It was a fastball right down the middle. I [was just trying] to get all three runs home.”

Boyd improved to 9-10-1 overall and 3-1 in District 8-3A with the victory. The Yellowjackets’ game against Wichita Falls City View on Tuesday was rained out.

“We’re playing well right now,” Karcher said. “We’ve got to try to keep this intensity that we have going right now. We can’t take anybody lightly, especially in this district, because this district is crazy.”

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Baseball: Blanks shuts down Alvord


Untouchable

UNTOUCHABLE – Chico’s Jerod Blanks struck out 15 in the Dragon’s 4-1 win over Alvord. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

Jerod Blanks struck out 15 as Chico beat rival Alvord 4-1 Tuesday.

Blanks scattered six hits and one run over six and two-thirds innings. He walked one.

Clayton Machal got the start for the Bulldogs. He gave up five hits and no runs in five innings.

Ace Edgett entered in relief for Alvord, surrendering four runs on five hits in two innings. The Dragons scored three of their runs in the seventh inning to pull away.

ENNIS 10, BRIDGEPORT 0

Ennis blanked Bridgeport 10-0 Tuesday.

Connor Holzer suffered the loss for the Bulls. He lasted five innings, giving up 10 runs on 12 hits. He struck out three.

Corbin Bailey had Bridgeport’s only hit of the game in the fourth inning.

The Bulls host Castleberry today (Saturday).

BOYD 4, PARADISE 0

Boston McIntire threw a complete game shutout Tuesday, leading Boyd to a 4-0 victory over rival Paradise.

McIntire struck out 10 in seven innings of work, surrendering just three hits.

Dylan Couture went 2-for-2 at the plate for Boyd. Rustyn Ellis plated a run on a sacrifice bunt in the second inning. The Yellowjackets scored three runs in the frame.

Mikey Passariello took the loss for Paradise.

Boyd hosted Nocona on Friday. The Panthers hosted City View.

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Faust’s big night leads Boyd past Nocona


Jacob Faust was feeling it on the mound and at the plate Friday night.

Faust pitched six and one-third innings, scattering four runs on 13 hits to earn the win. He also went 2-for-4 at the plate, delivering a bases clearing RBI-double in the fifth inning to secure Boyd’s 10-4 victory over Nocona.

“[Faust] was good,” said Boyd coach James Karcher. “He hadn’t pitched in a little while and he came out here and did what I want all my guys to do, and that’s throw strikes. He’s been hitting the ball well all year but pitching-wise he was tremendous.”

Faust wiggled his way out of several jams throughout the game. With the bases loaded and one out in the second, Faust got the Nocona hitter to line out to Brian Couture, who doubled up the runner to end the inning.

Faust again got out of trouble in the sixth when he surrendered just one run after putting two runners aboard with no one out. He induced a ground ball to retire the side, minimizing the damage.

“I just don’t worry about it,” said Faust when he gets in tight spots. “I keep pitching, keep throwing strikes. Don’t give up free runs. That’s it.”

The Yellowjackets scored their first run of the game in the first inning when Lane Wilson was hit by a pitch, plating a run. Boyd added another run in the second on a two-out RBI double by Faust into the right field gap.

Then in the fourth, Dylan Couture scratched across two runs on a looping line drive single into right field. Faust gave the Yellowjackets some much-needed insurance in the fifth when he slapped a ball down the first base line that barely stayed fair, scoring three runs.

“I’m just glad it went fair,” Faust said. “I just put a good bat to it. It was a fastball right down the middle. I [was just trying] to get all three runs home.”

Boyd improved to 9-10-1 overall and 3-1 in District 8-3A with the victory. The Yellowjackets will travel to Wichita Falls City View next Tuesday.

“We’re playing well right now,” Karcher said. “We’ve got to try to keep this intensity that we have going right now. We can’t take anybody lightly, especially in this district, because this district is crazy.”

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