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beat Bulldogs in playoff
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
CANTONWills Points Brent Bushnell tossed a complete-game three-hitter and the
Tigers got all the offense they needed in a fourth-inning burst to defeat the Eustace
Bulldogs 5-0 Friday at Canton High School.
Wills Point, the Canton Eagles and Eustace all tied for first in District 14-3A baseball
play, and the Tigers win relegated the Bulldogs to third place.
Saturday morning, the hosting Eagles (who had won a coin flip to play in the first-place
game) knocked off the Tigers, 3-2, to capture the district championship.
As the 14-3A third-place team, the Bulldogs will face the 13-3A runner-up Farmersville
Farmers (the same folks who knocked them out of the football playoffs back in November) in
a best-of-three bidistrict playoff series, opening at 5 p.m. Friday, May 7, at Tillery
Field in Mesquite.
Wills Point will face the District 13-3A winner, Princeton, in the bidistrict round, while
Canton will have a bye.
Bulldog head coach Chris Powers said his team had not seen Bushnell before Fridays
We just didnt hit the ball well, Powers said.
For a while, it looked like fans were in for a pitchers duel, as neither Bushnell
nor Bulldog starter Nathan Taft allowed much at all during the first three innings.
In the first inning, the Bulldogs got a base hit by centerfielder Jacob Petillo, who wound
up stranded, while Taft put together a one-two-three inning with a ground out and two fly
Both pitchers sat batters down in order during the second inning, each getting two
ground-outs and a fly-out.
In the third inning, the Bulldogs got their second baserunner on, as Taylor Caldwell
managed to beat out what appeared to be a routine tap to first base, but Caldwell wound up
stranded when the next batter, senior Chris Compton, grounded into a force-out at second.
Taft again sat the Tigers down in order, notching the first strikeout of the game against
Tiger right fielder Tyler Wicks.
Bushnell again sat down the Bulldogs in order in the top of the fourth inning, notching
In the bottom of the fourth, however, the Tigers put together a series of hits to take the
Leadoff batter Austin Bardin opened with a fly-out to deep left center, but the next
batter, Bradley McDonald, popped a bloop single to shallow right field to get aboard.
Bret Bradshaw followed with a scorching grounder up the middle to move McDonald to second,
and Taft walked Garrett Kinney to load the bases.
At that point, Powers pulled Taft and substituted reliever Brad Sawicki.
The next Tiger batter, second baseman Clay Deen, hit deep to right, which wound up as an
RBI sacrifice fly, bringing home McDonald with the games first run.
Sawicki hit Tiger third baseman Ty Harp, again loading the bases with two outs.
Connor McPherson hit a deep single to centerfield, and a misplay of the ball allowed both
Bradshaw and Kinney to score, with Harp advancing to third.
Harp then scored the Tigers fourth run of the inning on a passed ball.
The next batter, Monte Pendleton, grounded out, but the Tigers now held a hefty 4-0 lead,
and Eustace fans knew the Bulldogs would have to start getting to Bushnell pretty quick to
get back into the game.
Bushnell took care of business in the top of the fifth inning, getting Bulldog Owen
Babcock to pop up to short before allowing third baseman Alex Pharmakis to record the
Bulldogs second hit of the night.
The Bulldog threat was short-lived, however, as the next batter, left fielder Blake Ward,
hit into a double play.
Compton took the mound for the Bulldogs and notched two strikeouts and a fly out,
sandwiched around a single to left by Bardin.
Bushnell notched his first strikeout of the game against Caldwell in the sixth, but Braden
Strickland was able to beat out a routine infield hit to get aboard.
Strickland wound up stranded, however, when Bushnell got a pop-up and a ground-out to end
the top of the sixth.
Kinney, the Tiger leadoff hitter, immediately had Wills Point fans on their feet when he
slammed a stand-up double off the left-center wall.
Deen moved Kinney to third with a sacrifice fly to deep center, but Compton got Harp
swinging for the second out.
McPherson tapped into what appeared to be a routine grounder, but the Bulldogs only
official error of the game (a wide throw that pulled first baseman Blake Hammonds off the
bag) allowed pinch runner Will Girdley to score.
Compton caught Pendleton looking for the final out, but the Bulldogs were in a deeper hole
and down to their last three outs.
Bushnell proved to be up to the task, notching his second strikeout against Hammonds, and
getting two fly-outs sandwiched around a single by Addison Scott.
Castle, Fisher named top MHS athletes
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANKSeniors Nolan Duncan, Tyler Fisher and Alison Castle were selected as the
Mabank High School Athletes of the Year during the annual Mabank Athletic
Booster Clubs All-Sports Banquet Saturday.
All three are outstanding multi-sport athletes, as well as forging high academic standing
and showing proven leadership ability, outgoing Booster Club president Scott Tuley told
the gathering in the MHS auditorium.
Duncan was a first-team all-district linebacker in football, qualified for the state
powerlifting meet, and also qualified for the regional track meet (shotput).
AT RIGHT: Selected as the Athletes of the Year at the annual Mabank Athletic
Booster Club awards presentation were seniors Nolan Duncan (left), Alison Castle and Tyler
Fisher. Each are standout multi-sport athletes and were commended for their academic
Fisher was a first-team all-district pick in basketball and qualified for the regional
track meet in two events the high jump and 300-meter hurdles.
Castle was a first-team all-district pick in volleyball, a four-year starter at third base
in softball (helping lead the Lady Panthers into the playoffs this year), did some
powerlifting on the side and also was a cheerleader, as well as homecoming queen.
Going with a slightly different format this year, including sandwiches, punch and cake
prior to the assembly, the program finished in a near-record time of two hours and five
In his opening remarks, athletic director Jimmy Cantrell noted there was good news and bad
news this year.
The good news was that Mabank would be dropping back down to 3A following Februarys
UIL biennial realignment.
Everybody is fairly pumped up about that, Cantrell said, but pointed out no
athlete could relax.
If we continue to work hard, he said, I guarantee you 90 percent or more
of our program will be in the post-season next year.
The bad news is the loss of an outstanding senior class, many of whom were just on the
verge of getting into the 4A playoffs, while others Castle and the softball team,
for example made the playoffs, Cantrell said.
I hate to leave 4A, because we were right there, he said. We have the
tools to make big things happen in 3A if we stay with it.
As in past years, coaches from each sport handed out certificates to athletes and
announced team awards. Freshman Kourtney Holyfield was recognized for playing five sports
this past year cross country, volleyball, basketball, soccer and track.
Tuley also presented $500 Booster Club scholarships to seven seniors Cory Janicke,
Lauren Norwood, Nolan Duncan, Dillon Bramblitt, James Burkhalter, Jacob Walker and Matt
Coaches awards are listed below:
Baseball MVP Jacob Walker, Offensive Player of Year (POY) Ryan Walker, Defensive
POY Hunter Carrico, Panther Pride Award to four seniors, Dustin Schultz, Cory Janicke,
Jacob Woodard and Walker.
Boys basketball MVP Griffin Marshall and Tyler Fisher, Offensive POY Jacob Woodard,
Defensive POY Unterrious Toliver, Top Playmaker Trey Phillips, Fighting Heart Award James
Burkhalter, Most Improved T.C. Greene, Panther Pride Award Chans Hall, Underclassman of
the Year Jordan Allen.
Girls basketball Offensive POY Jeanice Mojica, Defensive POY Ashton Norman, Hustle
Award Kelsey Mitchell and Maegan Olivarez.
Cheerleaders no awards listed. Cheerleaders were Lindsey Boughton, Alison Castle,
Jordan Koskelin, Brittney Lallemont, Haley Marshall, Jamie Watson, Ashley Wilcoxson,
Bailey Anthony, Brenna Gusman, Ally Greenville, Lauren Norwood, Makenzie Tucker, Jessica
Wilcoxson and Darien McCord.
Cross country Runner of Year (male) Korey Roberts, Runner of Year (female) Sydnee
Pottorf and Kourtney Holyfield, Most Improved Brittany Burns.
Boys golf MVP Brandon Hatfield, Panther Pride Award Jacob Hamilton.
Girls golf MVP Katie Hibbs.
Powerlifting MVP boys Dillon Bramblitt, MVP girls Rachel Millender.
Boys soccer notched first-ever playoff berth, no individual awards listed.
Girls soccer MVP Lindsey Pait, Most Improved Brittany Burns, Team Commitment Award
Kelly Fosse and Rachel Goth, Senior of Year Amanda Cook, Freshman of Year Vivian Duong.
Softball MVP Brandie Lander, Leadership Award Lauren Norwood, Offensive POY Alison
Castle, Defensive POY Ashley Hammack, Utility POY Sadie Roberts.
Swimming Sean Ryan All-State Swimmer.
Tennis MVP Taylor Chapa, Most Likely to Succeed Caitlyn Duran.
Boys track MVPs Tyler Fisher and Nolan Duncan.
Girls track MVP Kourtney Holyfield.
Volleyball MVP Alison Castle, Most Improved Megan Royal, Offensive POY Tori
Garrett, Defensive POY Shaylee Williams, Fighting Heart Award Whitney Evans.
Football MVP Si Frideley, Offensive POY Cory Janicke, Defensive POY Nolan Duncan,
Special Teams POY Michael Blackburn, Coaches Award Jordan Featherston, Panther Pride Award
John Estill (who scored a touchdown on his first and only varsity play), Sophomore of Year
Jesse Plunkett, Outstanding linebacker Michael Henderson, Outstanding defensive back Jacob
Walker, Outstanding defensive lineman Bob Cron, Outstanding offensive back Dustin Schultz,
Outstanding receiver Trey Fernandez, Outstanding offensive lineman Dillon Bramblitt.
Trainers Trainer of the Year Hollie Hardaway, Heart Award Dreyton Munden and
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Athletic Boosters scholarship winners announced at Saturday's awards
ceremony were (from left) Jacob Walker, James Burkhalter, Dillon Bramblitt,
Lauren Norwood, Cory Janicke, Nolan Duncan and Matt Lowe. Each received $500.
Region II meet @ Commerce
Xtreme @ ET Wildcats
EHS vs Farmersville
7 p.m. @ Tillery Field, Mesquite
Race Day-Dons Port
Round the Lake Regatta
Skippers practice sail/clinic