EHS girls wallop Kemp,
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–The hosting Eustace Lady Bulldogs used aggressive
baserunning and took advantage of Kemp miscues to forge a 16-5
win over the visiting Lady Yellowjackets at Eustace High School
The Lady ’Jackets were scheduled to visit Wills Point Friday
night for their final non-district contest.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp Lady Yellowjacket second baseman Taylor Day (left) tags out
Eustace Lady Bulldog baserunner Kaytlin Bebe as she dives toward
second after getting caught in a rundown during the third inning
of Eustace's 16-5 win over the visiting Lady Yellowjackets
Monday. Also pictured is Kemp shortstop Maegan McVay.
Kemp opens District 13-3A softball play at home at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, March 15, against the Kaufman Lady Lions, and then will
host the Ferris Lady Yellowjackets in a 6 p.m. contest Friday,
Eustace was scheduled to visit Scurry-Rosser for their final
non-district game Friday night.
The Lady Bulldogs are scheduled to open District 13-2A softball
play on the road against the Leon Lady Cougars March 18, and
will return home to entertain Teague Tuesday, March 22.
Going into Monday’s contest, the Lady Bulldogs and Lady ’Jackets
already had met once in the TASO tournament, with Eustace taking
a 10-6 win.
In other tournament action, Kemp lost 4-2 to Kerens, while
Eustace defeated Brook Hill 9-3, and obtained a forfeit from
Kerens. The Lady Bulldogs lost to Tyler All-Saints, 6-2, but won
their division before all Saturday contests were cancelled.
During the tournament, EHS junior Katy Brigham had a breakout
performance, going 7-for-9 at the plate with four RBIs, while
Josie Collie added a home run.
Four-year Eustace starter Kaytlin Bebe notched 20 strikeouts
during the tournament, and her win over Kemp Monday night was
her fourth win in her last five starts.
In front of a small crowd, Kemp opened a 2-0 lead in the first
inning, but Eustace came back to score three runs and take a 3-2
lead in the second.
In the third, Kemp’s Brianna Pavatt scored on a passed ball to
tie the score at 3-3, but in the bottom of the third, the Lady
Bulldogs exploded for eight runs, helped along by Kacie
Richards’ inside-the-park two-RBI home run.
Yellowjackets pull away late to beat Bulldogs,
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–After a slam-bang second inning that saw both teams
combine to score 14 runs, the visiting Kemp Yellowjackets
steadily pulled away from the Eustace Bulldogs to take a
weather-shortened 10-7 win Tuesday night.
Now 4-5, the Yellowjackets were scheduled to host their own
tournament this weekend before hosting the Bulldogs in a rematch
at 6 p.m. Monday, March 14.
The Bulldogs fell to 7-3, and were scheduled to play in the
Athens tournament this weekend before visiting Kemp Monday and
hosting Palestine at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 15.
Kemp opens District 13-3A baseball play at home against the
Ferris Yellowjackets at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, before
hosting Crandall Tuesday, March 22.
The Bulldogs have an open date March 18, and will open District
13-2A play on the road against the Malakoff Tigers at 7 p.m.
March 22, before hosting Sunnyvale Friday, March 25.
Tuesday night, both the Bulldogs and the ’Jackets scored single
runs in the first inning before things broke loose in the
Kemp scored eight runs in the top of the second, taking
advantage of most of Eustace’s seven errors, to take a 9-1 lead.
Eustace came right back in the bottom of the second to score six
runs, helped by three Kemp errors, but trailed 9-7 going into a
scoreless third inning.
The Bulldogs had problems with ’Jacket reliever Corey Watkins,
who came on in the third for starter Jeff Gandera.
Gandera gave up all eight hits the Bulldogs collected, as
Watkins allowed no hits in three innings of work and just two
baserunners – one on a walk and one hit by a pitch.
In the meantime, the ’Jackets steadily banged out 12 hits
against a quartet of Bulldog pitchers – starter Raymond Shutak
and relievers Jacob Petillo, Brad Sawicki and Trevor Lane.
Every ’Jacket player got at least one hit in the contest, with
three – Riley Lazard, Bradley Stewart and Corey Watkins –
getting two hits. Stewart’s double was the only Kemp extra-base
The ’Jackets pushed across one run in the top of the fourth to
make it 10-7, and following a scoreless fifth inning, started
pounding away again in the top of the sixth, scoring four runs
to take a 14-7 lead.
At that point, however, the lightning that had been winking
fitfully to the north and northeast started moving in, and the
game was halted just minutes before a heavy downpour started.
Because the game was halted in the middle of an inning, the
official score reverted back to what it was at the bottom of the