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Mabank girls crush Lancaster; eye playoffs
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–An easy 15-1 win over the visiting Lancaster Lady Tigers Tuesday night enabled new Mabank Lady Panthers softball coach Mark Owen to play some younger players.
That may come in handy as the Lady Panthers eye a playoff berth in the next two weeks.
Now 15-12 on the season and 5-6 in District 15-4A softball play, the Lady Panthers were scheduled to wind up the season on the road against the West Mesquite Lady Wranglers Friday night, weather permitting.
A win (the Lady Panthers run-ruled West Mesquite in their March 30 first-round game) would give Mabank a 6-6 district mark and set up a first-round playoff game against either Waxahachie or Waco Midway, Owen said.
No games are scheduled until next Friday, April 30, as students across the state take TAKS tests.
“We’ll have until that next Monday or Tuesday (May 3-4) to play,” Owen said Thursday. “That’s when we would want to play (the playoff game).”
The Lady Panthers tentatively have a warm-up game set up with Brownsboro at Athens either Friday or Saturday, April 30-May 1, Owen said.
“Everything is still up in the air, but we kinda know what we want to do,” he said. “If we play Waxahachie, I’d like to play in Ennis, and if we play Midway, I’d like to play in Corsicana – that will be about halfway for both of us.”
With all of that in mind, Owen limited playing time for a number of starters in Tuesday’s game against Lancaster, enabling some young players to get some real-game experience.
Mabank opened a 6-0 lead in the first inning and expanded that to 13-0 in the second, thanks to some suspect Lancaster pitching.
The Lady Panthers obtained three bases-loaded walk-in runs and bracketed the inning with back-to-back stand-up doubles by senior pitcher Brandie Lander – the second double clearing the bases and forging the 13-0 lead.
During the inning and from then on, the Lady Panthers didn’t attempt to advance on passed balls or other Lancaster errors, and the seniors who continued to see action did so at different positions.


Bulldogs clinch playoffs
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–The resurgent Eustace Bulldogs continued their winning streak Tuesday, knocking off the visiting Wills Point Tigers, 5-1, to clinch a playoff berth.
Now 12-9-1 on the season and 6-3 in District 14-3A play, the Bulldogs have won five straight district games – their last loss was a 5-4 decision against the hosting Tigers in their March 30 first-round game.
The Bulldogs were scheduled to visit Van for the second-round and regular season finale Friday night, weather permitting. With all games cancelled for TAKS testing until next Friday, April 30, any playoff or warm-up games will be delayed until then.
On “senior night,” the Bulldogs jumped on the Tigers early, scoring three runs in the first inning, and adding two more in the second inning when junior pitcher Braden Strickland sent a Tiger pitch over the right-field wall.
That five-run lead was enough for Strickland, who recorded a complete-game win, allowing five hits, notching eight strikeouts and issuing two walks.
Wills Point’s only run came in the fifth inning, when Austin Bardin tagged Strickland’s pitch over the same right-field wall, but that solo shot was the Tigers’ only real chance at scoring.
In addition to Strickland’s dinger, the Bulldogs got hits from Blake Hammonds (double, single), Taylor Caldwell (two singles), Jacob Petillo (single) and Addison Scott (single).


Mabank Special Panthers excel at Malakoff games
Monitor Staff Reports

MALAKOFF–Mabank Special Panthers recently competed at the Malakoff Special Olympic Games April 17 and excelled.
Brian Moore collected a gold medal in the high jump and another gold in the 800 run.
Catherine Young collected a gold medal in the 100-meter dash and another gold in the softball throw.
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Courtesy Photo
Mabank Special Panthers gather at Malakoff High School for a recent competition. Pictured are (from left) Krista Holly, Paul Bogan, Jennie Handlin, Paige Watson, Catherine Young and Brian Moore.

Jennie Handlin collected two silver medals, one in the 100-meter dash and another in the softball throw.
Paige Watson collected two bronze medals, one in the 100-meter dash and another in the softball throw.
Paul Bogan won a gold medal in the 100-meter dash and took home a silver medal in the softball throw.
Krista Holly won a gold medal in the 400-meter run, and took home a silver in the softball throw.


Upcoming games


May 7-8
Region II meet @ Commerce

May 14-15
State meet
@ UT-Austin

Semi-Pro Football

April 24
Xtreme vs Shre’port Storm

May 1
Xtreme vs ET Outlawz

May 8
Xtreme @ ET Wildcats


May 3-4
MHS in 1st round playoff
(site, time, opponent TBA)
(*District contest)


April 30
MHS vs W.Mes’te* @ EHS
(end regular season)
(*District contest)


April 24
Race Day-Don’s Port

May 22
Race Day-Don’s Port

May 29
Round the Lake Regatta

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