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Bullard sweeps Mabank
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
TYLER–Bullard’s Lady Panthers swept the mistake-prone Mabank Lady
Panthers 2-0 in a best-of-three bidistrict softball playoff last
Mabank finished the season at 18-20 after going 5-5 in District 13-3A
competition and grabbing the district’s third-place playoff berth.
Bullard improved to 25-7 on the season and advanced to face the Sabine
Lady Cardinals in an area series Thursday (tonight).
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Bullard catcher Allison Burton (left) tags Mabank pinch runner Brittany
Keith out at home to complete a double play and end the top of the
second inning in the first game of a bidistrict softball playoff series
Thursday at the University of Texas at Tyler softball field.
Playing on the billiard-table-smooth grass at the
University of Texas at Tyler’s softball field, the Mabank girls suffered
through a horrible 10-0 opening-game loss Thursday.
They bounced back a little in Game 2 Friday, but still fell 3-0.
Bullard freshman pitcher Erin Kipp proved to be untouchable, allowing
just one hit in the two games – and that didn’t come until she gave up a
leadoff double to Mabank’s Allison Castle in the sixth inning of the
Mabank freshman Brandie Lander also pitched both games, giving up seven
hits in each contest.
With the Mabank bats not working against Kipp, the Lady Panthers needed
to play error-free defense, but that didn’t happen, particularly in the
Mabank officially committed five errors in the opening game (this
reporter noted four in a disastrous second inning), and committed one
error in the second game.
Mabank’s Lady Panthers entered the bidistrict series with high hopes
under first-year head coach Russell Budai.
Even though they fell to unbeaten Ferris in the regular-season finale,
the Lady Panthers were still in the playoffs, which was a quantum leap
ahead for the program. Eight Mabank starters will be back next season.
A playoff appearance also was something new for Bullard’s Lady Panthers,
who were making the playoffs for just the second time in school history
under their first-year head coach, Billy Holcomb.
It was Mabank who showed playoff jitters in the form of sloppy play,
particularly during the run-ruled first-game loss.
In the first inning, Bullard forged a 1-0 lead when Allison Burton
singled home Valerie Roberts.
Lander issued three walks in that initial inning, but got out of a
bases-loaded, one-out jam by striking out both Whitney Worthen and
Mabank got two baserunners in the second inning when Kipp walked junior
catcher Erin Mason and senior Krista Jennings.
A bunt by Jordan Mounts moved pinch runner Brittany Keith to third and
Jennings to second.
Mabank junior Melody “Mo” Lander’s swing resulted in a bunt, and Bullard
put together a 2-3-2 double play, with Burton (at catcher) tagging Keith
out at the plate to end the inning.
That was as close as Mabank got to scoring in the first game, as Kipp
and the Bullard defense never allowed another baserunner.
Sloppy play got the best of Mabank in the second inning, as Bullard
posted four runs and took charge of the contest.
Bullard scored another four runs in the fifth inning, one coming on a
Mabank error, one coming when Brandie Lander issued a bases-loaded walk,
and two more when Kipp stroked a stand-up double to center, ending the
contest with one out.
In the second game, Kipp still had Mabank’s number, retiring the first
15 batters she faced, and racking up 14 strikeouts.
Bullard scored single runs in both the second inning (thanks to a Mabank
error) and third inning, when Kipp’s RBI single scored Kristan Bell.
The third and final Bullard run came in the seventh inning, when
Burton’s double scored Lara Buysman.
’Jackets blank Panthers
in season finale, 6-0
Monitor Staff Reports
KEMP–Kemp’s Yellowjackets blanked the visiting Mabank Panthers 6-0
Friday in the district and regular season finale for both clubs.
Both teams went into the final District 13-3A baseball game having
secured playoff berths earlier – the ’Jackets clinched the district
championship, while the Panthers took the third-place spot – but posted
the usual tough Kemp-Mabank struggle in front of a fairly large crowd.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp Yellowjacket Bret Kennedy (2, right) gets safely to second ahead of
the cutoff throw to Mabank Panther shortstop Mikey Shelton (2, left)
during the second inning of Kemp’s season-ending win over the Panthers
Mabank was scheduled to face the Van Vandals of District
14-3A in a one-game bidistrict playoff at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, at the
University of Texas at Tyler’s Irwin Field, weather permitting.
With a first-round bye, the ’Jackets await the outcome of bidistrict
playoff action. The ’Jackets likely will play an area-round game/series
late next week, May 10-12, at a site and time to be determined.
Kemp starter Nick Sallings scattered six hits against the Panthers,
walking three and notching nine strikeouts.
Sallings no-hit the Panthers in their first-round game at Mabank April
6. In that first-round matchup, the Panthers committed eight errors, and
they posted five miscues in Friday’s rematch. Kemp committed one error.
The ’Jackets roughed up Panther starter Kolton Browning for seven hits
and six runs (only two earned) in six innings. Browning issued four
walks and also notched nine strikeouts.
Kemp jumped on the Panthers early, scoring four runs in the bottom of
the first inning by getting three hits and taking advantage of three
Browning walked leadoff man Bret Kennedy, who took advantage of an
overthrown pick-off attempt to go all the way to third.
Leif Skierski brought Kennedy in with a sacrifice fly.
Matt Carr singled and advanced to second on an error, and the third
Panther error allowed Dalton Fugitt to reach base.
A stand-up double by Mikie Scruggs scored both Carr and Fugitt, and Josh
Carr’s RBI single brought in Scruggs.
The Panthers put two men on base in the top of the second when Brandon
Carrico singled and Sallings walked Steven Sims, but a strikeout and fly
out left both men stranded.
Kemp took a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Sallings singled
in Kennedy, who also had singled.
The ’Jackets threatened again in the bottom of the third when Josh Carr
reached on an error, advanced to second on a passed ball, and took third
base on an error.
Cody Kuehn also reached base on an error, but was thrown out trying to
steal second, stranding Carr.
Mabank loaded the bases in the top of the fourth when David Taylor
Carrico reached base on the only Kemp error, and Sallings walked Chris
Trejo to load the bases with two outs.
Panther shortstop Mikey Shelton hit into a ground out to end the threat.
Kemp scored its last run in the bottom of the fourth, when Kennedy
doubled in Tim Fuller, who had walked.
The ’Jackets threatened again in the bottom of the fifth, loading the
bases when Fugitt walked, Scruggs singled and Kuehn walked.
Browning got Fuller to pop-up for a second out and then struck out
Kennedy swinging to end the inning.
Mabank put two runners on base in the sixth when Taylor and Carrico (who
both went 2-for-3) posted back-to-back singles with one out, but
Sallings struck out Sims and Trejo to end the threat.
Fugitt came on to set the Panthers down in order in the top of the
MHS vs Van
@ UT at Tyler
KHS vs area round opponant
(site and time TBA)
*District 13-3A game
Xtreme @ Port City Jaguars
State Track Meet