Mabank Texans ready for
Machine-pitch team heads for Mildred
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–The members of the boys machine pitch baseball team –
Mabank Texans – are excited about their upcoming district
playoffs starting July 11 in Mildred.
The team rose to the top of the American League with a 14-1
season to win the playoff berth.
All the players are between the ages of 7 and 8, and for most,
this is their first playoff experience.
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Shortstop Andrew Sullivan (right), 8, of Mabank covers second
with an underhanded catch, while second baseman Hudson Fraser of
Scurry takes note.
“I’m hoping for a more challenging atmospher and for our team to
keep improving and playing hard,” coach Scott McManus said.
As a district play-off team, the Mabank Texans could draft three
other players from their league to assist them.
They picked first baseman Ismael Maltos of Eustace, second
baseman Hudson Fraser of Scurry and third baseman Darion Peace
The city of Mabank is hosting the Texas Teenage Baseball
playoffs all this week July 11-15. Boys entering their freshman
year from Malakoff, Kerens, Eustace, Athens and Richland
Chambers are expected to participate.
The Mabank Knights, under coach Jeff Capehart, also made the
Games are set to begin at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Mabank Softball/Baseball Association members have worked hard
since the spring to help the city upgrade baseball fields in
“I’m an active association member,” McManus said and described
some of the work involved in improving the ball park and he’s
excited about the tournaments coming to Mabank.
“We should be able to host more tournaments next year and some
in the fall. We’re going to make good use of these facilities,”
Countdown to Red Hot ‘18’
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–It’s not called the Red Hot “18” Golf
Tournament for nothing!
Held the last Monday in July, the annual chamber of commerce
FUNdraiser rewards those who can “take the heat.”
This year’s event is set for the King’s Creek Country Club on
State Highway 274 in Kemp.
Check-in begins at 7:45 a.m. with a shot-gun start at 8:30 a.m.
Monday, July 25.
Event planners Robbye Grissom/BNR Pit Grill, Tiffany Lilly/State
Farm Insurance and Debra Davis/Edward Jones Investments have
lined up some great sponsors for the Hole-in-One
Contest/Tri-County Ford, Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin and
Buy a Drive Hole.
Other popular features of the long anticipated event include a
50/50 raffle, commemorative photos, door prizes and other
The format is a four-person scramble, with gross/net prizes.
Entry fee is $60 per player for early birds meeting a July 20
deadline for sign-up and $65 the day of the tournament. The
entry fee includes a light breakfast, golf cart and lunch.
Those who want to play, but don’t have a team, be sure to come.
You will be matched up with three others to form a team.
Tournament sponsorship/advertising opportunities still exist.
“We’ve added a couple of value-added sponsorships that are
excellent advertising opportunities,” Grissom said.
An exclusive $2,500 “Masters” sponsorship includes the fee for
two teams and a large sign on the King’s Creek golf course for
up to 10 days prior to the tournament. The $1,000 “Champions”
sponsorship includes one team and the same signage.
Of course other sponsorship opportunities are also available
from $100 to $500.
The committee is also taking donations for the goody bag, door
prizes and raffle items.
For an entry form or to get more information, call (903)
887-3152 or visit www.cedarcreek lakechamber.com and download
the entry form from the Home Page “Of Interest” block.
All proceeds benefit the Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber