Monitor Staff Reports
That’s all the Malakoff Tigers could say Friday, after Eustace
senior Braden Strickland shut them out in a 12-0 whitewashing.
The LSU signee was one walk away from a perfect game, striking
out 14 of the 16 Malakoff batters he faced, and throwing only 59
pitches in the process.
Strickland also went 2-for-2 at the plate with four RBIs. Now,
With their third straight win, the Bulldogs improved to 15-7 on
the season and 4-2 in District 13-2A baseball play, keeping pace
with unbeaten Palmer (15-9, 6-0) and Sunnyvalle (16-6, 5-1) for
the district’s third-place playoff berth.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Bulldog senior Braden Strickland brings the heat during
the Bulldogs' 12-0 shutout of the visiting Malakoff Tigers
Friday. Strickland was one walk away from a perfect game,
striking out 14 of the 16 Tigers he faced.
Malakoff fell to 4-14 on the season and 2-4 in district play.
Eustace was scheduled to visit Sunnyvale in a key second-round
matchup Monday evening. Friday, April 15, the Bulldogs will host
Palmer in another key contest.
Saturday, April 16, the Bulldogs are scheduled to visit Athens
for a noon non-district tilt before hitting the road to
Waxahachie Tuesday, April 19, to face the Life Red Oak Mustangs.
The Bulldogs will wind up the second round and the regular
season at home with a “senior night” contest against the
On a warm and windy evening, the Bulldogs were as hot against
Malakoff starter Cash Armstrong as the Tigers were cold against
The Bulldogs wound up with nine hits off Armstrong and reliever
In addition to Strickland’s two hits, the Bulldogs got an RBI
double from Addison Scott, a two-RBI single from Tyson Oliver, a
sacrifice fly from Jacob Petillo, and a two-RBI single from
Raymond Shutak (2-for-3), along with an RBI double.
After scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning, the
Bulldogs added a third run in the second inning before exploding
for nine runs in the third inning, which pretty much ended the
Seeking crazy, yummy crappie
By Keith Sutton
Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Homer Circle of Ocala, Fla., has been writing
about fishing longer than most of us have been alive.
This legendary angler is perhaps best-known for his bass-fishing
expertise. But like millions of U.S. anglers, “Uncle Homer”
loves crappie fishing as well.
“The crappie is a crazy-acting, hot- or cold-biting, always
roaming, yummy-eating fish,” he says. “It’s so popular with some
addicts, they would drive 100 miles to catch crappie when other
species can be had near home.”
There are two species; the black crappie and the white crappie.
Both travel in big schools, searching for their favorite food,
“Think structure when crappie fishing, because that’s where
minnows school up to hide from hungry crappie,” Circle said.
“This means weed-beds, reeds, lily pads, brushpiles, standing
timber, fallen trees, back bays, old oxbows and off deep points.
“They are plentiful in shallower areas in spring and fall, but
go to deep habitats during the dog days of summer,” he added.
“Just keep moving and fishing until you cross paths with a
Circle’s most popular crappie-fishing rig in snag-free waters
consists of 4-pound-test line with a long-shank and a light-wire
hook, size 4 or 6.
“The light wire keeps minnows livelier longer because it makes a
smaller wound,” he explained.
In brushy or woody covers, Circle says 15-pound line is better,
because it will straighten out and pull free a snagged
light-wire hook. This saves a lot of tackle and re-rigging time.
“The favorite live bait is, of course, a lively minnow hooked
through the dorsal fin for vertical fishing, or through the lips
for trolling,” Circle said. “The most popular artificial lure is
a leadhead jig with a grub, or curlytail, body. At times, an
overhead spinner can work like magic.
“Remember the one special quirk of the crappie,” he added. “It
wants a lure, artificial or live, doing nothing at all. Just
hanging there, immobile.
“This takes patience and many hours of fishing to learn, but do
it and watch your catching total rise,” he said. “Try using a
thin, sensitive bobber to detect delicate pickups.”
Keith Sutton is author of “The Crappie Book” and contributes to
several magazines like CrappieNOW.
DH does her job
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Eustace Lady Bulldog designated hitter Shelby Marcom taps a bunt
that died about three feet in front of the plate. She was out at
first, but advanced two Eustace runners, who later scored in the
second inning of the Lady Bulldogs' 13-3 win over visiting
Teague Friday. The run-rule win improved the Lady Bulldogs to
3-4 in District 13-2A softball play.