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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 weekend.
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 second game.
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 opening game.
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 Mackenzie Morren.
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 Friday.

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 Panther errors.
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 singled.
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 seventh.


Upcoming Games


May 4
MHS vs Van
@ UT at Tyler
(bidistrict playoffs)

May 10-12
KHS vs area round opponant
(site and time TBA)
*District 13-3A game

Semi-Pro Football

May 5
Xtreme @ Port City Jaguars


May 11-12
State Track Meet
@ Austin