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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Softball: Boyd, Paradise players earn All-District honors


Boyd senior Kristin Rasbury and Paradise junior Kendall Candioto made the District 8-3A first-team after successful 2018 campaigns in the circle.

KENDALL CANDIOTO. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

Rasbury went 8-14 for the Lady Jackets and sported a 4.58 ERA. She struck out 128 and helped Boyd make a push for a playoff spot in the second half of district play. At the plate, she hit .483 with 27 RBIs and four home runs.

Candioto compiled an 11-9 record for Paradise with a 2.87 ERA. Six of Candioto’s nine losses came by one run. In the second-to-last game of the regular season, Candioto threw 13 and one-thirds innings in a 3-2 loss to Wichita Falls City View.

Boyd’s Jordan Salmon, Sydney Langley and Kristen Whatley also earned first-team honors for the Lady Jackets. Salmon hit .333 and drove in 19 runs. Langley batted .451 and knocked in 38 runs. Whatley had a .268 average and drove in 12.

The Lady Panthers’ other first-team selections included catcher Christina Tipton and second baseman Maddie Terry. Tipton hit .340 for Paradise in the clean-up spot, driving in 19 runs on the year.

2018 DISTRICT 8-3A GIRLS SOFTBALL TEAM

MVP: Haleigh Hogan, Henrietta

Offensive MVP: Taylor McCarty, Bowie

KRISTIN RASBURY. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

Defensive MVP: Maddie Brown, Henrietta

Pitcher of the Year: Maddie Chalenburg, Wichita Falls City View

Utility Player of the Year: Maylie Short, Bowie

Newcomer of the Year: Whitney Zaloski, Wichita Falls City View

Coaching Staff of the Year: Henrietta

FIRST-TEAM

Pitcher: Kendall Candioto, Paradise; Kristin Rasbury, Boyd; Marshal Gillitt, Holliday;

Catcher: Jordan Salmon, Boyd; Christina Tipton, Paradise; Mackenzie Cave, City View;

First base: Sydney Langley, Boyd; Callie Melton, Bowie;

Second base: Maddie Terry, Paradise; Addison Nichols, Holliday;

Shortstop: Hadlee Richardson, Jacksboro; Katie Newberry, Henrietta; Olivia Ford, City View;

Third base: Bailey Wright, Holliday; Kylee Hunter, Henrietta;

Outfield: Kristen Whatley, Boyd; Katelyn Allison, Bowie; Trinity Tisdale, Jacksboro; Cameron Byers, Henrietta; Kylee Erikson, Henrietta; Kalico Burkes, Henrietta; Kori Hurd, City View;

Designated player: Isabel Cervantes, City View; Kaitlynn Weatherread, Holliday

SECOND-TEAM

First base: Tori Green, Paradise

Shortstop: Kaycee Martin, Paradise

Third base: Kaylee Rutledge, Boyd; Kailey Thomas, Paradise

Outfield: Makenna Hudson, Paradise; Keylee Winters, Paradise; Sarah McKinney, Paradise

HONORABLE MENTION

Boyd: Jules Tullos, Morgan Pitts, Hannah Radke, Emma Clark

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Softball: Boyd season ends in tiebreaker


The Boyd Lady Jackets forced a three-way tie for the final two playoff spots in District 8-3A after winning six of their last seven games.

END OF THE LINE – Boyd senior Kristin Rasbury throws a pitch during the Lady Jackets’ loss to Paradise. Boyd suffered a season-ending loss to Bowie. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

Boyd dropped the first game of the tiebreaker on Monday, falling to Paradise 5-0. But when the Lady Panthers turned around and beat Bowie, the Lady Jackets got one more chance to earn a postseason berth Tuesday.

Boyd couldn’t take advantage, falling to Bowie 3-1.

Senior Kristin Rasbury got the start in the circle with a trip to the postseason on the line. She pitched a complete game, scattering three runs on seven hits. She struck out five.

Boyd and Bowie were tied at one going to the top of the seventh. The Lady Rabbits broke the deadlock with a one-out triple by Taylor McCarty that plated a run. Bowie added an insurance run on an error to go up by a pair of runs.

The Lady Jackets had the No. 6, 7 and 8 hitters due up in the bottom of the seventh, but all three struck out.

Boyd ended the season 10-19 overall, finishing fifth place in district.

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Softball: Lady Eagles finish district undefeated


Undefeated Champs

UNDEFEATED CHAMPS – The Decatur softball team captured an 11-1 victory over Sanger Friday. The Lady Eagles finished the regular season undefeated in District 9-4A, going 10-0 to win the league title. Submitted photo

The Decatur Lady Eagles put an exclamation point on their perfect run through District 9-4A play with an 11-1 drubbing of Sanger last Friday.

Decatur went 10-0 in league play and will take on the fourth-place team from District 10-4A in the bi-district round.

The Lady Eagles averaged 7.7 runs per game during the regular season. Opponents managed just 1.6 runs per game.

Decatur went 14-8-1 last year and 4-6 in district, missing the playoffs. The Lady Eagles beat Krum, the defending 4A state champion, twice this season.

BRIDGEPORT 17, GAINESVILLE 1

Kristin Grooms collected five RBIs and Bridgeport routed Gainesville 17-1 in the regular season finale.

Morgen Davidson got the scoring started in the first inning with a two-run homer. The Sisses racked up eight runs in the third inning. Grooms, Davidson, Baylee Vieth, Jenny Flores, Jillian Hagar and Kasi Martinez all plated runs in the frame.

Bridgeport turned to Katelyn McComis in the circle. She gave up one run on two hits in two innings. She struck out four. Alexa Holzer threw three scoreless innings of relief out of the bullpen.

The Sissies ended the season 2-8 in District 9-4A.

CITY VIEW 11, BOYD 8

Boyd could not complete the comeback last Friday, falling to Wichita Falls City View 11-8.

The loss put the Lady Jackets into a three-way tie with Paradise and Bowie for the final two playoff spots in District 8-3A.

Boyd took on the Lady Panthers Monday at Henrietta in the first game of a three-way tiebreaker. The winner clinched a berth in the postseason. The Lady Jackets trailed 10-1 going into the bottom of the third, but Boyd scored seven runs over the next two innings to cut the Lady Mustangs’ lead to 10-8. Kristin Rasbury took the loss for the Lady Jackets. She scattered 11 runs on 15 hits, striking out four.

Boyd ended the regular season 10-17 overall and 8-6 in district.

COLLINSVILLE 9, ALVORD 0

Collinsville blanked Alvord 9-0 last Friday in the regular season finale.

Kinley Walker took the loss for the Lady Bulldogs. She surrendered four runs on six hits in three and one-thirds innings. Gracie Gose threw one and two-thirds innings out of the bullpen, scattering five runs on three hits.

Alvord finished the year 7-7 in District 11-2A. The Lady Bulldogs took on Era Monday at Valley View in a one-game tie-breaker. The winner advances to the postseason as the fourth seed out of 11-2A.

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


Decatur blanked the defending 4A state champion Krum Lady Bobcats 9-0 Tuesday night.

The Lady Eagles moved to 18-3 overall and wrapped up the District 9-4A crown, improving to 9-0.

Decatur has won its last three games by a combined score of 37-0. The Lady Eagles hosted Sanger Friday in the regular season finale.

ARGYLE 17, BRIDGEPORT 1

Argyle dispatched Bridgeport 17-1 in four innings Tuesday.

The Lady Eagles scored nine runs in the fourth inning and racked up 14 hits.

Katelyn McComis started for the Sissies in the circle. She gave up nine runs on 11 hits in three and two-thirds innings.

Bridgeport fell to 1-8 in District 9-4A. The Sissies traveled to Gainesville Friday.

CITY VIEW 3, PARADISE 2 (14)

Paradise dropped a pivotal game in District 8-3A, falling to Wichita Falls City View 3-2 in 14 innings Tuesday.

Kendall Candioto threw 238 pitches in 13 and one-thirds innings of work for the Lady Panthers. She struck out 17 and walked nine.

The Lady Mustangs scored the winning run in the bottom of the 14th on a walk-off single. Paradise had a 2-0 lead, going into the seventh inning. City View tied the game on a two-out RBI-single.

The Lady Panthers have lost five of their last six games. Paradise hosted Henrietta Friday in the regular season finale. If the Lady Panthers win, they would force a three-way tie for the district title.

Henrietta wins the league title with a victory over Paradise.

BOYD 19, NOCONA 1

Jordan Salmon and Kaylee Rutledge tallied four RBIs apiece as Boyd rocked Nocona 19-1 in three innings.

Every Lady Jacket recorded a hit, and all but one plated a run.

Kristin Rasbury picked up the win for Boyd, surrendering one run on two hits with six strikeouts.

The Lady Jackets have won five straight games. Boyd is 8-5 in District 8-3A and hosted City View Friday.

With a win and a Paradise win Friday, the Lady Jackets would be in a three-way tie for the district title with the Lady Panthers and Henrietta.

LINDSAY 9, ALVORD 2

Kinly Walker went the distance, but it was not enough for Alvord in a 9-2 loss to Lindsay.

Walker gave up nine runs on nine hits in seven innings. She struck out one and walked one.

The Lady Knights scored five runs in the final two innings.

Alvord fell to 7-6 in District 11-2A. The Lady Bulldogs hosted Collinsville Friday in the regular season finale.

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Softball: Lady Eagles rock Gainesville


Decatur throttled Gainesville 16-0 to stay perfect in District 9-4A. The Lady Eagles are 8-0 in league play with two games left in the regular season.

KRUM 13, BRIDGEPORT 0

Krum routed Bridgeport 13-0 in five innings.

Katelyn McComis took the loss for the Sissies. She gave one five runs on five hits over one and two-thirds innings. Alexa Holzer entered in relief and surrendered eight runs on four hits.

Holzer, Morgen Davidson and Emerson Coleman had the Sissies’ three hits. Bridgeport committed four errors in the loss.

The Sissies dropped to 1-7 in District 9-4A. Bridgeport will host Argyle Tuesday.

BOYD 2, PARADISE 1 (9)

The Lady Jackets came away with a crucial victory over rival Paradise, pulling out a 2-1 road win in extra innings.

Boyd took a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning until Keylee Winters tied the game on a single.

Kendall Candioto and Kristin Rasbury battled it out in the circle. They both went nine innings. Candioto threw 144 pitches. Rasbury threw 157.

Candioto surrendered the winning run in the top of the ninth when Kristen Whatley tripled on a 2-1 count. It was Whatley’s only hit of the game.

Rasbury and Sydney Longley had multi-hit games for Boyd.

The Lady Panthers fell to 15-7 overall and 8-4 in District 8-3A. Paradise has lost four of its last five.

The Lady Jackets improved to 7-5 in league play. Boyd is one game back of first place.

Boyd will travel to Nocona Tuesday. The Lady Panthers will travel to Wichita Falls City View.

ALVORD 14, CHICO 3

Alvord cruised to a 14-3 victory over Chico and moved into the fourth playoff spot in District 11-2A.

The Lady Bulldogs improved to 7-5 in league play with two games remaining.

Gracie Gose got the start for Alvord. She went three and one-thirds innings, allowing three runs on six hits.

Laynee North took the loss for Chico. She surrendered 14 runs on 14 hits.

The Lady Dragons fell to 4-7 in district. Chico will travel to Collinsville Tuesday.

Alvord will travel to Lindsay.

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Softball: Lady Eagles stay perfect in 9-4A


Reagan Chism threw a no-hitter as Decatur dominated Bridgeport 12-0.

Chism struck out nine and walked two in five innings. The Lady Eagles racked up 13 hits in the win.

Decatur improved to 7-0 in District 9-4A. Bridgeport fell to 1-6 in league play.

The Lady Eagles hosted Gainesville Friday. The Sissies traveled to Krum.

PARADISE 15, NOCONA 0

Paradise rocked Nocona 15-0 in three innings to get back on track in District 8-3A.

The Lady Panthers only tallied five hits in the game but capitalized on six Nocona errors.

Christina Tipton and Makenna Hudson led Paradise at the dish. Tipton and Hudson went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a walk.

The Lady Panthers moved to 15-6 overall and 8-3 in league play. Paradise hosted Boyd Friday.

ALL THE WAY – Boyd’s Kristin Rasbury pitched the full game in the Tuesday win over Holliday. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

BOYD 9, HOLLIDAY 4

Boyd extended its winning streak to three games with a 9-4 victory over Holliday.

Hannah Radke went 2-for-5 and drove in three for the Lady Jackets.

Kristin Rasbury went the distance in the circle, scattering four runs on eight hits. She struck out eight.

Boyd improved to 8-16 overall and 6-5 in District 8-3A. The Lady Jackets traveled to Paradise Friday.

ALVORD 15, TIOGA 0

Alvord throttled Tioga 15-0 and improved to 6-5 in District 11-2A.

LINDSAY 13, CHICO 12

Lindsay topped Chico 13-12 on Tuesday. The Lady Dragons dropped to 4-6 in District 11-2A.

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Softball: Lady Jackets stay in playoff hunt


Kristin Rasbury, Morgan Pitts and Kristen Whatley collected two RBIs apiece as Boyd dominated Bowie 13-1 last Friday.

Eight Lady Jackets plated runs in the victory. Kaylee Rutledge went 3-for-4 and drove in one.

Rasbury got the win for Boyd in the circle. She pitched a complete game, scattering one run on seven hits with four strikeouts.

The Lady Jackets improved to 5-5 in District 8-3A. They are tied for the final playoff spot in district and are two games out of first.

SANGER 13, BRIDGEPORT 3

Sanger got an early lead and never looked back last Friday, downing Bridgeport 13-3.

The Lady Indians scored five runs in the first frame and tallied nine hits on the night.

Alexa Holzer got the nod for the Sissies. She scattered 12 runs on nine hits over four and two-thirds innings. She struck out one and walked three.

Katelyn McComis and Emerson Coleman each finished with RBIs in the loss.

Bridgeport fell to 1-5 in District 9-4A. The Sissies hosted first-place Decatur Tuesday.

DECATUR 4, ARGYLE 3

Decatur kept its unblemished District 9-4A record intact last Friday, hanging on for a 4-3 victory over Argyle. The Lady Eagles improved to 6-0 in league play.

HOLLIDAY 6, PARADISE 5

Paradise lost in walk-off fashion for the second straight game, falling to Holliday 6-5 Friday.

The Lady Panthers have lost three of their last four games. Paradise fell to 14-6 overall and 7-3 in District 8-3A.

Kendall Candioto got the start for Paradise in the circle. She gave up four runs on four hits in four and two-thirds innings. She struck out 10.

Kailey Thomas took the loss for the Lady Panthers. She gave up two runs on two hits in two innings.

Thomas went 2-for-2 at the plate with two walks. Candioto was 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

The Lady Panthers hosted Nocona Tuesday.

ALVORD 10, ERA 5

Alvord picked up a key District 11-2A victory last Friday, edging Era 10-5.

Kinly Walker went the distance for the Lady Bulldogs, surrendering five runs on nine hits. She struck out six in seven innings of work.

Abbey Bloomer led Alvord at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

The Lady Bulldogs moved to 5-5 in District 11-2A. Alvord is now one game behind Era for the fourth and final playoff spot in district.

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Softball: Sissies pummel Gainesville


Bridgeport used a 10-run second inning to romp Gainesville 16-2 Tuesday.

Emerson Coleman, Morgen Davidson and Alexa Holzer all doubled in the second. Davidson and Coleman ended the day with three RBIs each.

Holzer got the nod for the Sissies in the circle. She lasted four innings, giving up two runs on six hits to get the win. She struck out four and walked one.

Bridgeport improved to 1-4 in District 9-4A. The Sissies hosted Sanger Friday.

BOWIE 5, PARADISE 4

Paradise fell in heart-breaking fashion Tuesday night, losing to Bowie 5-4 on a walk-off home run.

With the game tied at four in the seventh inning, the Lady Rabbits sent the Lady Panthers home on a solo blast to center field.

Paradise erased an early four-run deficit to draw even at four in the final frame.

Kendall Candioto got the start for the Lady Panthers. She scattered four runs on nine hits, striking out five and walking four. Kailey Thomas led Paradise at the plate, going 3-for-4 with one RBI.

The loss dropped the Lady Panthers to 14-5 overall and 7-2 in District 8-3A. Paradise traveled to Holliday Friday.

BOYD 12, JACKSBORO 6

Jordan Salmon had a game-high four RBIs as Boyd slugged its way to a 12-6 road victory over Jacksboro Tuesday.

Kaylee Rutledge and Hannah Radke drove in two runs each.

Kristin Rasbury threw a complete-game, giving up six runs on nine hits. She struck out seven and walked four.

The Lady Jackets moved to 6-16 overall and 4-5 in District 8-3A. Boyd traveled to Bowie on Friday.

DOMINANT PERFORMANCE – Alvord’s Gracie Gose pitches in a game against Muenster. The Lady Bulldogs won 17-2. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

ALVORD 17, MUENSTER 2

Alvord rocked Muenster 17-2 on Tuesday in three innings. The Lady Bulldogs collected 15 hits on the night.

Gracie Gose got the win for Alvord. She surrendered two runs on three hits and struck out eight.

The Lady Bulldogs moved to 4-5 in District 11-2A with the victory.

ERA 13, CHICO 12 (9)

Era downed Chico 13-12 in nine innings on Tuesday. The Lady Dragons fell to 4-5 in District 11-2A with the loss.

SOFTBALL STANDINGS AS OF FRIDAY, APRIL 6

District 9-4A

1. Decatur … 5-0
2. Krum … 3-2
3. Argyle … 3-2
4. Sanger … 3-2
5. Bridgeport … 1-4
6. Gainesville … 0-5

District 8-3A

1. Paradise … 7-2
2. Bowie … 6-3
3. City View … 5-4
4. Henrietta … 5-4
4. Jacksboro … 5-4
6. Boyd … 4-5
7. Holliday … 4-5
8. Nocona … 0-9

District 11-2A

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

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Softball: Sissies blast Gainesville


Bridgeport routed Gainesville 16-2 Monday. The Sissies scored 10 runs in the second inning to seal the win.

Emerson Coleman, Morgen Davidson and Alexa Holzer all doubled in the frame.

Holzer started the game in the circle and earned the win for Bridgeport. She gave up two runs on six hits in four innings. She struck out four and walked one. Holzer also collected three RBIs.

Davidson also had a three-RBI day.

Bridgeport will host Sanger on Friday.

HENRIETTA 14, BOYD 1

Henrietta’s bats came alive early in a 14-1 rout of Boyd last Friday.

Kristin Rasbury surrendered 14 runs on 16 hits. Only six of her runs were earned. The Lady Jackets committed five errors.

Sydney Langley drove in Boyd’s only run of the game in the first inning.

The Lady Jackets dropped to 5-16 overall and 3-5 in District 8-3A.

VALLEY VIEW 22, ALVORD 10

Alvord committed 13 errors in a 22-10 loss to Valley View last Friday.

The Lady Eagles scored eight runs in both the first and second innings to quickly mount their lead. Gracie Gose started the game for the Lady Bulldogs. She gave up 14 runs on seven hits, striking out two in two and two-thirds innings.

Alvord tried to mount a rally in the third inning. The Lady Bulldogs scored seven runs in the frame as Abbey Bloomer, Jocelyn Tambunga, Kate Schedcik, Cydney Bailey, Maley Mader and Kinly Walker all collected RBIs.

Alvord took on Muenster Tuesday.

DECATUR 5, SANGER 3

The Decatur Lady Eagles moved to 5-0 in District 9-4A with a 5-3 victory over Sanger Monday.

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Softball: Henrietta snaps Paradise’s streak


Henrietta jumped out to an early lead and never looked back Tuesday, snapping Paradise’s eight-game winning streak with a 7-4 victory.

Kendall Candioto suffered the loss for the Lady Panthers. She surrendering four runs on three hits in three innings. She struck out five.

Kailey Thomas gave up three runs on two hits in three innings in relief. She also went 2-for-2 at the plate with two walks.

Paradise fell to 14-4 overall and 6-1 in District 8-3A. The Lady Panthers took on Jacksboro Friday.

CITY VIEW 9, BOYD 6

Boyd could not overcome a five-run fourth inning in a 9-6 loss to City View Tuesday.

Kristin Rasbury scattered nine runs on eleven hits in six innings of work. She struck out four and walked one.

Rasbury went 2-for-4 at the plate and drove in two runs. The Lady Jackets committed five errors on the night.

Boyd dropped to 5-15 overall and 3-4 in District 8-3A.

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Softball: Lady Jackets roll Nocona


Kristin Rasbury threw a complete game as Boyd topped Nocona 13-5 last Friday.

Rasbury scattered five runs on three hits. She struck out eight and walked three.

Seven different Lady Jackets collected RBIs on the night. Boyd scored a run in every inning except the fourth. Kaylee Rutledge led the way at the plate, going 3-for-3. She drove in two.

Boyd is now 5-14 overall and 3-3 in District 8-3A. The Lady Jackets’ game on Tuesday at City View was rained out.

COLLINSVILLE 13, ALVORD 3

Alvord could not hold an early lead as Collinsville beat the Lady Bulldogs 13-3 on Monday.

Gracie Gose took the loss for Alvord. She lasted five innings, allowing 12 runs on 17 hits. She struck out three and walked one.

Collinsville did most of its damage in the third inning, scoring five runs in the frame.

The Lady Bulldogs fell to 3-4-1 with the loss. Alvord travels to Valley View on Friday.

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Softball: Lady Panthers rally to beat Boyd


Down But Not Out

DOWN BUT NOT OUT – Paradise coach Karin Essig high-fives a player during Tuesday’s win over Boyd. The Lady Panthers erased a one-run deficit to get the victory. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Trailing 4-0 with two outs in the fifth inning, a misplay of Jordan Salmon’s pop-fly opened the door for Boyd against rival Paradise.

After loading the bases and getting a run, Sydney Langley delivered what looked like the knock-out punch, depositing a pitch over the left field wall for a grand slam to give the Lady Jackets the lead.

THROWING HEAT – Paradise’s Kendall Candioto pitches in a game against Boyd. Candioto struck out 12 batters on the night. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

But the Lady Panthers were not done. After battling back to tie the game in the sixth, Kendall Candioto put Paradise up for good in the seventh, lacing a ground ball that Boyd shortstop Jules Tullos could not handle. The error was the Lady Jackets’ third of the game and paved the way for Paradise’s 6-5 road victory.

“I think everybody owned the moment,” said Paradise coach Karin Essig. “Sometimes they’re going to be tough, and this was one of those [games].”

Boyd scored all five of its runs in the fifth inning. The Lady Jackets struggled to even make contact against Candioto in the first four innings. She struck out nine batters in a row and finished with 12 strikeouts.

Candioto said she gave up the grand slam on a curveball that hung in the zone. It was one of only three hits she surrendered on the night.

“It’s one of those games we didn’t really have any right to be in the way we were playing early, striking out,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins. “We took one swing of the bat and all of a sudden had all the momentum in the world. We just let them back in it.

“We’ve hit [Candioto] a lot better in the past, but she’s a good pitcher and she was dealing it.”

Candioto also found success at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a walk. In the third, Candioto drove in Paradise’s first run of the game when she belted an 0-1 pitch into the left field gap for an RBI-double.

In the sixth, Candioto got the Lady Panthers’ rally started with a single. Christina Tipton drove her in with a sharply hit single through the right side of the infield.

“I was just thirsty,” Candioto said. “I wanted to hit.”

Boyd’s Kristin Rasbury threw a complete game in the loss. She scattered six runs on 12 hits and struck out nine.

Paradise moved to 12-3 on the season and a perfect 5-0 in District 8-3A. Boyd dropped to 4-14 overall and 2-3 in district.

The Lady Panthers hosted City View Friday while Boyd hosted Nocona.

“We always [fight back],” Candioto said. “We never give up.”

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Lady Panthers rally to beat Boyd, stay perfect in district


Trailing 4-0 with two outs in the fifth inning, Boyd’s Jordan Salmon hit a pop-fly to Paradise second baseman Maddie Terry. As Salmon rounded first base, Terry dropped the ball, keeping the inning alive for the Lady Jackets.

After loading the bases and getting a run, Sydney Langley delivered what looked like the knockout punch. With the bases loaded and Boyd down three, Langley deposited a pitch over the left field wall for a grand slam. The blast gave the Lady Jackets their first lead of the game and chased Paradise starter Kendall Candioto from the circle.

But the Lady Panthers were not done yet. After battling back to tie the game in the sixth, Candioto put Paradise up for good in the seventh, lacing a ground ball that Boyd shortstop Jules Tullos could not handle.

The error was the Lady Jackets’ third of the game and ultimately the difference, as Paradise rallied for a 6-5 road victory.

“I think everybody owned the moment,” said Paradise coach Karin Essig. “Sometimes they’re going to be tough, and this was one of those [games].”

Boyd scored all five of its runs in the fifth inning. The Lady Jackets struggled to even make contact with Candioto’s pitches in the first four innings, as she struck out nine batters in a row. Candioto fanned 12 batters total.

Candioto said the pitch she gave up the grand slam on was a curveball she hung in the zone. It was one of only three hits she surrendered on the night.

“It’s one of those games we didn’t really have any right to be in the way we were playing early, striking out,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins. “We took one swing of the bat and all of a sudden had all the momentum in the world. We just let them back in it.

“We’ve hit [Candioto] a lot better in past, but she’s a good pitcher and she was dealing it.”

Candioto also found success at the plate, going 3-for-3 at the dish with a walk. In the third, Candioto drove in Paradise’s first run of the game when she belted an 0-1 pitch into the left field gap for an RBI-double.

Later in the sixth, Candioto got the Lady Panthers’ rally started with a single for her third hit of the game. Christina Tipton drove her in with a sharply hit single through the right side of the infield.

“I was just thirsty,” Candioto said. “I wanted to hit.”

Boyd’s Kristin Rasbury threw a complete game in the loss. She scattered six runs on 12 hits and struck out nine.

The win moved Paradise to 12-3 on the season and 5-0 in District 8-3A. The loss dropped the Lady Jackets to 4-14 overall and 2-3 in district. The Lady Panthers host City View Friday while Boyd hosts Nocona.

“We always [fight back],” Candioto said. “We never give up.”

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Softball: Paradise crushes Nocona


Kaycee Martin went 4-for-4 at the plate, and Paradise cruised past Nocona 21-2 on Wednesday.

Martin tripled in the first, singled in the second and third and doubled in the fourth. She had three RBIs on the day.

The Lady Panthers scored seven runs in the first inning and led 14-0 by the bottom of the third. Kendall Candioto was also perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3. She scored three runs and drew two walks.

Kailey Thomas got the win for Paradise, allowing one hit in three scoreless innings. She struck out four.

With the win, the Lady Panthers moved to 11-3 overall and 4-0 in District 8-3A.

BOYD 9, BOWIE 4

Boyd got back to the .500 mark in District 8-3A Wednesday, downing Bowie 9-4.

Kristin Rasbury threw a complete game for the Lady Jackets, scattering four runs on 10 hits. She struck out nine.

Boyd used a four-run second inning to pull away. Jordan Salmon and Sydney Langley each went 2-for-4 at the plate and drove in two runs.

The Lady Jackets are now 2-2 in district and 4-13 overall. They have won two straight.

ALVORD 26, TIOGA 0

Gracie Gose pitched a shutout as Alvord hammered Tioga 26-0 on Monday.

Gose surrendered just one hit in three innings of work. She struck out four and walked two.

The Lady Bulldogs scored 16 runs in the second inning. Katie Schedcik drove in four runs for Alvord, going 2-for-2 at the plate.

Rami Fritz, Aubrey Mitchell, Lulu Murillo, Cydney Bailey, Schedcik and Gose all notched RBIs in the Lady Bulldogs’ 16-run second inning.

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Softball: Boyd bested by Henrietta


Boyd was unable to hold an early two-run lead in a 9-5 loss to Henrietta on Tuesday. The Lady Jackets dropped their District 8-3A opener, falling to 2-12 overall on the year.

Kristin Rasbury suffered the loss for Boyd. She went three and a third innings, allowing nine runs on 12 hits. She struck out two.

Henrietta took the lead for good in the third inning on a Kaci Williams triple. Another run came across on a wild pitch by Rasbury. Boyd was shut out the final five innings of the game.

The Lady Jackets hosted Jacksboro on Friday.

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Softball: Familiar start – Boyd hoping tough schedule pays off come district


Batter Up

BATTER UP – Boyd’s Kristin Rasbury is hitting .600 this season and is the team leader in hits and runs scored. Photo courtesy of Patty Scarbrough

There is a familiar feeling inside the Boyd Lady Jacket dugout.

Last season, Boyd lost 12 of its first 13 games. The Lady Jackets did not win their second game until March 10, starting the year 1-12.

Then they made it to the second round of the playoffs.

A year later, Boyd has started its 2018 campaign almost the same way. The Lady Jackets currently sit at 1-6 one week before the start of District 8-3A play and have played another tough slate of games to begin the year.

Boyd opened the season against Krum, the defending 4A state champion. They then played Hillsboro, Weatherford and Stephenville – all games they lost. Even though the Lady Jackets have dropped six games by a combined score of 68-19, Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins is hoping the experience of playing tough teams pays dividends once again come April.

“I’m not basing everything off wins and losses right now,” Hopkins said. “It’s about getting out here and competing and getting better. Last year, we played a touch schedule and it paid off in the end. I think it’s going to pay off for us again this year.

“I’m hoping they see the big picture. They can’t focus on one or two games here or there.”

Despite surrendering 72 runs through its first seven contests, Boyd’s bats have often kept them in games. The Lady Jackets are hitting .340 as a team and sport an OPS of .900.

Senior Kristin Rasbury leads the team in both hits (12) and runs scored (9). The Henderson State commit is slugging 1.050 to go along with a .600 average. She has belted six doubles and one home run.

“We’re hitting the ball well,” Hopkins said. “That’s one thing we’ve always been able to do. We’re going to put the ball in play. We’re not a fast, small-ball team. We’re looking to put the ball in the gap and over the fence.”

One of only two pitchers Boyd has used in the circle this year, Rasbury is also the team-leader in ERA with an earned run average of 7.56.

Pitching is not Rasbury’s natural position.

Ordinarily a shortstop, Rasbury and fellow senior Kristen Whatley are typically the only two pitchers at the Lady Jackets’ disposal. Rasbury has thrown 25 innings so far this season, giving up 49 runs off 53 hits. She’s walked 15 and struck out 26.

Whatley has picked up Boyd’s only win this season, but has an inflated ERA of 14.78.

Rasbury said although the Lady Jackets have gotten off to another rocky start, she is not getting discouraged.

“It’s really important to [not get caught up in wins and losses], especially with a younger team like this,” Rasbury said. “Our focus is mainly making sure everybody knows what’s going on in the game so we’re able to do better in district.”

Boyd’s de-facto ace, Hopkins said Rasbury’s pitching will be pivotal when district play begins.

“She’s going to be called upon to throw strikes and hit her spots,” Hopkins said. “When they put it in play, we’ll play good defense behind her. She has four or five different pitches that all have different wrinkles in them, but her best pitch is probably her screwball or drop curve.”

Boyd’s game scheduled for Tuesday against Alvord was rained out. The Lady Jackets will compete in the Denton Tournament this weekend before opening district play Tuesday at Henrietta.

“There’s no letup in this district,” Hopkins said. “There’s seven teams that could all win a district title, and there’s going to be three or four teams that are pretty unhappy at the end because they didn’t get in [to the playoffs].”

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Softball: Rasbury signs with Henderson State


Beyond High School

BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL – Boyd’s Kristin Rasbury recently signed to play softball with Henderson State in Arkadelphia, Ark. The school plays in the Great American Conference. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

For the past three years, Kristin Rasbury has been a powerful force in the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets’ lineup.

Rasbury, 8-3A and Wise County MVP last season as a junior, hit .389 with seven homers and 40 RBIs in leading Boyd to the area round of the playoffs. Rasbury also went 8-11 in the pitching circle with 77 strikeouts.

Before heading into her senior season, Rasbury has decided on her plans after high school, signing to play at Henderson State in Arkadelphia, Ark. Rasbury was recruited as a middle infielder.

She was one of eight players signed by the Division II in the fall signing period. Henderson State competes in the Great American Conference.

“I really liked the college and it’s a really great opportunity to play softball at the next level,” Rasbury said.

“I look forward to playing softball and building relationships with teammates and coaches.”

For her career at Boyd, Rasbury is a .392 hitter with 69 RBIs and 30 extra-base hits. Her on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) is 1.072. Last year, she posted an OPS of 1.226.

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Volleyball/Softball: Boyd pair help all-star squads to victories


Boyd’s Dusty Crafton and Kristin Rasbury were part of winning efforts in all-star games at the Texas Girls Coaches Association clinic Tuesday in Austin.

Coaching the Blue team in the 1A-4A volleyball, Crafton led the squad to a win in five sets. The team took the fifth game 15-12.

Crafton is preparing for her fifth season at Boyd. Her Lady Yellowjackets reached the region quarterfinal last year and won their second straight district title.

In the 1A-4A softball game, Rasbury’s Red team won 8-4. Playing shortstop and second base, Rasbury reached on an error and struck out.

Rasbury was the Wise County softball MVP and will return for her senior season. Rasbury hit .389 with seven homers and 40 RBIs in leading Boyd to the second round of the playoffs.

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