Grapeland Sandiettes notched a five-game victory over Crockett on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at The Hop. After dropping the first game 25-18, the Sandiettes took the second 25-21. The county rivals split the next two matches with the Lady Bulldogs winning 25-12 and Grapeland taking the next 25-11 to force a deciding fifth game. Grapeland then prevailed 15-12 to claim the match.
In their first tournament action of the year at Groveton Aug. 18-20, the Sandiettes posted three wins and three losses to finish third.
After competing in the Centerville Tournament over the weekend, the Sandiettes (6-3) will have two home games this week against Class 4A Huntington on Tuesday and Apple Springs on Friday.
New Head Coach Megan Simison has a young team with just three returning players from last year. Setter Hailee Sheridan, the lone senior, received honorable mention all-district last season. Sophomores Hannah Chipman, second team all-district, and Reagan Bowie are returning varsity players, and sophomore Maddie McCombs is the libero.
A trio of freshmen-- Kenya Woods, Keaundra Harris and Tatiana Bowie—round out the varsity unit.
Crockett’s Xavion Dixon plows over Trinity defenders in Friday night’s season opener at Driskell Stadium.
Crockett gridmen made their season debut in impressive fashion by shutting out Trinity 42-0 Friday night in Driskell Stadium.
Scoring on their first three possessions, the Bulldogs led 21-0 at halftime and then lit up the scoreboard two more times in the third quarter to lead 35-0. The Bulldogs put on the finishing touches with a fourth-quarter score.
The game got off to a shaky start for Trinity when Crockett linebacker Ahmad Brown recovered a fumble at the Tiger 20 yard line.
Quarterback B. J, Anderson hit Xavion Dixon for a 9-yard gain and then handed the ball to Dixon for an 11-yard touchdown run. Kicker Ricardo Ramirez gave Crockett a 7-0 lead with 11:37 left in the first quarter.
After the kickoff, the Tigers drove deep into Crockett territory before the Bulldogs mounted a defensive stand. Trinity reached the 8 yard line, but lost four yard on third down and then Derrick Sherman made a touchdown-saving tackle at the 2 yard line on fourth-and-goal.
Taking over at the 2, Anderson gave the Bulldogs some breathing room on a keeper to the 6 yard line and Dixon broke free to the 14 for a first down.
Going back to the air, Anderson found Daniels, who hauled in the pass at the 50 and strutted all the way for an 86-yard TD strike. Ramirez tacked on the extra point for a 14-0 lead with 2:40 to go in the first quarter. Early in the second quarter the Bulldogs drove inside Trinity's 10 yard line before turning the ball over on downs at the 22 yard line.
The Bulldogs made up for that lost scoring opportunity when the defense forced a Tiger punt that Daniels returned 65 yards for a quick touchdown. Ramirez nailed the point-after for a 21-0 lead with 5:30 left in the second quarter. Trinity dodged another bullet late in the first half with Crockett threatening at the 1 yard line. The Bulldogs coughed up the ball and the Tigers recovered.
Taking over with 17 second left, Trinity broke a 43-yard run on its first play but was unable to strike before halftime and Crockett's 21-0 lead remained in tact.
After receiving the second half kickoff, the Bulldogs didn't waste much time in padding their lead. Crockett's offense set up shop at the Tiger 46 following an onside attempt. An illegal procedure penalty against Crockett moved the ball back to the Bulldog 49, but that did not deter Daniels from taking a pitch and going all the way on the first play. Ramirez tacked on the extra point for a 28-0 lead with 11:32 in the third quarter.
Late in the third, the Bulldogs took over at the Tiger 22 following a punt. Tyress Anderson carried the first two plays for nine yards and Latavion Jones caught a 10-yard pass for a first down at the 11 yard line. Tyress Anderson capped the drive from 11 yards out and Ramirez added the extra point for a 35-0 lead with 2:39 left in the third.
A fumble recovery by Lonzo Rodgers at the Trinity 43 set up Crockett's final touchdown. Keshaun Smotherman carried for 12 on the first play, Marcus Smith carried twice, Reginald Lockhart gained 11 yards to the 7 yard line and two plays later Derrick Sherman scored on a 4-yard blast. Ramirez capped his perfect night in the kicking department to put the Bulldogs ahead 42-0 with 3:29 left in the game.
Three Crockett Bulldog seniors brought the curtain down on their high school baseball careers with All-District accolades after recent voting by the coaches.
The CHS battery of seniors Colby Davenport and Case Robinson were awarded District 21-3A Superlatives. Davenport was tabbed Co-Outstanding Pitcher and Robinson was Co-Outstanding Catcher.
Senior Tyler Dowell landed a spot on the First Team as First Baseman and Larren Reeves was tabbed for the Second Team Infield.
The complete All-District list is as follows:
21-3A All-District Baseball Selections Superlatives Most Valuable Player: Logan Freeman, Buffalo; Bryce Pauler, Buffalo Outstanding Offensive Player: Rhett Read, Leon Outstanding Defensive Player: Jackson Adair, Elkhart Outstanding Pitcher: Koby Finley, Trinity; Colby Davenport, Crockett Outstanding Catcher: George Vaught, Trinity; Case Robinson, Crockett Newcomer of the Year: Chase Thompson, Buffalo; Colton Bentley, Westwood Coach of the Year: Bryan Pauler, Buffalo
First Team All-District Pitcher: Steven Prewitt, Leon; Shiloh Crouch, Elkhart; Tanner Tutt, Elkhart; Michael Reyes, New Waverly Catcher: Clay McGill, Buffalo; Kevin Carlson, New Waverly First Base: Tyler Dowell, Crockett; Jacob Mays, Elkhart Second Base: Cash Crane, Leon; Mason Jonas, Buffalo Short Stop: Conner McWhorter, New Waverly; Collin Chadwick, Trinity Third Base: Caleb Ferris, Onalaska; Nick Gonzalez, Elkhart Outfield: Tobe Zientek, Leon; Lane Lisiecki, Elkhart; Chad Taylor, Elkhart; Alex Flores, Elkhart Designated Hitter: Brady Bauer, Trinity Utility: Joseph Meador, Westwood Second Team All-District Pitcher: Cameron Chadwick, Trinity; Peyton Archibald, Leon Catcher: Dalton Fisher, Westwood; Jared Theis, Leon First Base: Darren Jenning, Onalaska Second Base: Dante Thomas, Trinity; Trent Huff, Elkhart Short Stop: Blake Lowry, Leon; Bryce Ryder, Buffalo Third Base: Larren Reeves, Crockett Outfield: Corbin Watson, Leon; Cason Churchman, Westwood; Trey Minter, Buffalo Morgan Clow, New Waverly; Tyler Alford, Onalaska Designated Hitter: Hunter Bush, Elkhart Utility: Avery Archibald, Leon; Ben Wilkins, Onalaska
Shaking off a 4-3 loss in the series opener, the Lovelady Lions came back with identical 9-2 victories on Saturday to knock off Joaquin for the regional quarterfinal title.
After the setback in Jasper on Friday, the Lions had their backs to the wall when the series resumed Saturday in Lufkin.
"I couldn't have asked any more out of these guys today. They really came through," said Lion Head Coach Tommy Parker after his squad clinched the best of three series. "I didn't know what to expect because they were really down after losing yesterday. That was a long bus ride home from Jasper, but I told them we just have to regroup. There are a lot of good teams that lose the first game and then come back and win the next two."
"On Friday we out-hit Joaquin 9 to 2, and got three hits in the seventh inning but didn't score. It was a nightmare. We just shot ourselves in the foot, and basically in a nutshell, we gave the game away," said Parker.
"I didn't know how we'd respond. I didn't know what their pulse was after that loss," added Parker.
One thing Parker was certain about is his team's tenacity.
"Most of this bunch played football last fall and we had some really tough games against Beckville and Shelbyville in the playoffs. But they just played their hearts out every Friday or Saturday," said Parker. "That's what they did today." In Game 2, the Lions trailed 2-1 after five innings and then erupted for six runs in the sixth and two in the seventh. Game 3 saw the Lions score two runs in the sixth to take a 3-2 lead and then put the game away with a six-run explosion in the seventh. "We had to squeeze a couple of times just to get an insurance run. Then the flood gates opened up and we got a few more runs that gave us a comfortable cushion for Hunter (Murray) to come in and shut the door on them."
Murray went the distance in Game 1, giving up four runs (1 earned) on two hits with eight strikeouts and three walks. "It was hot and muggy, but he did a good job," said Parker.
Senior Mason Lowery pitched seven innings in Game 2 and then worked the fourth and fifth frames in Game 3. "I didn't know if Mason still had two good innings left in him, but I told him I needed six outs. Mason said 'I've got it, Coach', and he did it," said Parker.
"Hunter wanted to pitch three innings, but I told him I only needed two. Get six outs for me and I'll be tickled to death," Parker recalled telling the junior moundsman.
"We played fundamental baseball today. We played pretty good defense overall," said Parker.
The Lions collected nine hits in Game 2 and 12 in Game 3. "Eventually we hit the ball when it counted," the coach added.
Lovelady Lions came up short 4-3 against Joaquin in a best-of-three series opener in the regional quarterfinals Friday afternoon at Jasper.
After Joaquin took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second, the Lions pushed across a run in the bottom half after Alex McKnight drew a one-out walk and courtesy runner Jay Robinson came around to score.
The Rams went up 3-1 in the third, but the Lions tied it up in the fifth with a two-out rally. Jacob Jeffus reached on an error, Mason Lowery singled and Hunter Murray was intentionally walked to load the bases. An error allowed Jeffus and Lowery to score, making it 3-3.
After Joaquin scored the go-ahead run in the sixth, the Lions had a tying run at third with no outs in the bottom of the sixth but were unable to push it across.
Jeffus led off of the seventh with a double, but was caught stealing third on a passed ball. The Lions still were hopeful after back-to-back singles by Murray and Lee Holsey, but a flyout ended the threat.
Murray went the distance on the mound for the Lions.