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WP explodes late to beat Eustace, 10-0
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–Wills Point’s Lady Tigers scored six runs in the sixth inning to break open a fairly close contest, and went on to defeat the hosting Eustace Lady Bulldogs 10-0 Tuesday.
Now 1-4 in District 14-3A softball play, the Lady Bulldogs had the unenviable task of visiting top-ranked and unbeaten Van in the second-round opener Friday. Van improved to 21-0 by knocking off Canton 9-0 Tuesday and then edging Wills Point 3-2 in a make-up game Wednesday.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace freshman pitcher Kaitlyn Bebe (left) reacts with astonishment at the umpire's call after tagging Wills Point Lady Tiger Macy Unger, who dashed home on a passed ball. Unger's run ended the scoring in Wills Point's 10-0 District 14-3A softball win over the hosting Lady Bulldogs Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 7, the Lady Bulldogs are scheduled to host the Mineola Lady Yellowjackets for a 6 p.m. contest, and then host Canton Friday, April 10. (Eustace’s first-round contest March 24 was moved to Canton due to wet grounds.) Canton edged Mineola, 5-4, in a make-up game Wednesday, evening both teams at 3-2 in district play.
After a scoreless first inning, Wills Point (10-5-1 and 3-2 in district) pushed across one run in the second inning and two runs in the third.
Eustace freshman pitcher Kaitlyn Bebe gave up 14 hits on the game, but had just one walk and notched one strikeout, a significant improvement from her last outing March 28 against Kemp.
“She pitched a terrific game!” first-year Eustace coach Lara Belt noted later.
Neither team scored in the fourth and fifth innings, but in the sixth inning, the Lady Tigers began finding holes in the Eustace defense.
Not that the Lady Bulldog defenders were making mistakes – they had two errors, while Wills Point had one – but the Lady Tigers’ hits just kept finding gaps between defenders, and they made the most of their baserunning opportunities.
Wills Point’s Macy Unger struck out 14 Lady Bulldogs, walked two and scattered six hits while recording the shutout. Unger dashed home on a passed ball with two out in the top of the seventh to end the scoring.

Mineola girls run-rule Kemp
Monitor Staff Reports
MINEOLA–The hosting Mineola Lady Yellowjackets run-ruled the Kemp Lady Yellowjackets, 15-0, Tuesday.
Now 0-5 in District 14-3A softball play, Kemp’s girls were scheduled to start an extended home stand against Canton Friday night, as all five second-round games will be at Kemp (wet grounds forced Kemp to play Eustace there March 24).
Tuesday, the Lady ’Jackets will have the unenviable task of taking on top-ranked and unbeaten Van, who improved to 21-0 with wins over Canton Tuesday and Wills Point Wednesday.
Next Thursday, April 9, the Lady ’Jackets will host Wills Point, and Tuesday, April 14, they will host Eustace. All district games begin at 6 p.m.
At Mineola Tuesday, Kemp got behind early, as Mineola’s Autumn Williams tossed a four-inning no-hitter.
Mineola opened a 4-0 lead in the first inning, scored two runs in the second, and exploded for six runs in the third before scoring three more runs in the fourth inning.
Mineola racked up 13 hits off Kemp starter Jasmyn Prince and reliever Kayla Collum. Kemp committed two errors, while Mineola committed one.

Tigers hold off Bulldog rally, 7-5
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–A game-ending double play enabled the visiting Wills Point Tigers to escape with a narrow 7-5 win over the Eustace Bulldogs Tuesday.
Now 10-7 on the season and 2-2 in District 14-3A baseball play, the Bulldogs were scheduled to visit the 2-2 Van Vandals Friday night. Van knocked off previously unbeaten Canton 14-4 Tuesday.
Tuesday, April 7, the Bulldogs will open the second round of district play at home against Mineola, who improved to 2-2 in district play by run-ruling visiting Kemp Tuesday night (see related story).
Next Friday, April 10, the Bulldogs will host the Eagles, having played there due to wet grounds March 24. All district games open at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday’s game at Eustace was a tight defensive contest marked by errors (the teams combined for seven – Eustace five and Wills Point two) and outstanding plays to keep those errors from resulting in scores.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Bulldog pitcher Braden Strickland tags out Wills Point baserunner Garrett Kinney (8) on a rundown between second and third base, ending the top of the fifth inning during the teams' District 14-3A baseball contest in Eustace Tuesday. Wills Point held off a late Eustace comeback to win 7-5.

Neither team scored through the first three innings, but both hit the scoreboard in an error-plagued fourth inning, with Wills Point taking a narrow 5-4 lead.
The Tigers squeezed across another run in the fifth inning to go up 6-4, and then took a 7-4 lead with a run in the top of the seventh.
The Bulldogs began a comeback, getting one run across and placing runners at the corners with one out.
On a sharp grounder to short, Tiger shortstop Keifer Davis made an outstanding diving catch, then – while still on the ground – flipped the ball to second baseman Clay Deen to force out baserunner Braden Strickland.
Deen then fired over to first base to complete a game-ending double play, prompting the Tigers dugout to erupt in cheers.
Strickland took the loss for the Bulldogs, giving up seven hits, while Marshall Head got the win, giving up six hits to the Bulldogs.
Wills Point’s Colton Newton had one home run, while Strickland and Cameron Coffey both stroked homers for the Bulldogs, with Coffey’s a two-run shot and Strickland (2-for-3) bringing in three RBIs on the night.
Davis added a double for the Tigers.


Upcoming games


April 6
MHS boys District 15-4A
(Creekview GC)
KHS 1st rnd District 14-3A


April 15-16
District 14-3A meet


April 7
MHS bye*
KHS vs Van*
EHS vs Mineola*

April 9
MHS @ Terrell*
KHS vs Wills Point*

April 10
EHS vs Canton*

April 14
MHS vs Red Oak*
*district contest


April 7
MHS @ Terrell*
KHS vs Van*
EHS vs Mineola*

April 9
MHS vs Red Oak*
KHS vs Wills Point*

April 10
EHS vs Canton*
*district contest

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