After Malakoff tournament, Bobcats open district tonight vs. LaPoynor
MALAKOFF–After a soggy start that saw cancellations of scheduled scrimmages and regular-season games, Kerens High School varsity baseball belatedly began 2019 action at the Cedar Creek Classic Tournament in Malakoff.
The Malakoff tournament was held Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 2, with a few cancellations and reschedules because of rainy weather. Other teams participating included Malakoff, Mabank, Rice, Garrison and Mineola.
For Kerens, the reigning District 20-2A champion, the conference slate is scheduled to begin tonight (Friday, March 8) with a home game against the LaPoynor Flyers. The junior varsity is set to begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by the varsity at 6:30 p.m.
Kerens started the Malakoff tournament with a Thursday, Feb. 28 game against Rice, which ended in a 12-6 Bobcat loss. Anders Sundquist (two hits), Payden Duggins and Addison Carter hit doubles against Rice, with Carter driving in two runs and Duggins plating a single score. Cody Crawford, Chris Jones and Dusty Spence saw action on the mound during the Rice game.
The second Thursday game for Kerens at Malakoff was rained out, so the game was rescheduled for Friday. In that March 1 contest, the Bobcats took on Mabank, falling 14-0. Carter singled against Mabank with Sundquist and Crawford pitching for Kerens.
Next up March 1 for Kerens at the Cedar Creek Classic Tournament was the host team, the Malakoff Tigers. The Tigers took a 6-0 lead into the late innings before finishing off the Bobcats after a Kerens rally in their last at-bat, highlighted by two Sundquist runs batted in.
The 6-2 loss to Malakoff included two hits by Sundquist and Spence, as well as singles by Tate Engel, Brady Blue and Ino Garcia. Engel, Jones and Corey Davis pitched against the Tigers. The Bobcats then closed out their stint in the Malakoff tournament Saturday, March 2 with an 11-3 loss to Rice.
After the March 8 LaPoynor game, district play continues as the Bobcats take on Trinidad in a Tuesday, March 12 home game. The varsity-only affair begins at 6 p.m. Kerens hits the road Friday, March 15 with a junior varsity/varsity doubleheader at Cayuga that starts at 4 p.m. The Bobcats come home Tuesday, March 19 to face Martin’s Mill, also a varsity-only contest that is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.
Cross Roads, Neches and New Summerfield also are Kerens foes in District 20-2A baseball. Kerens first travels to Cross Roads Friday, March 22. The first Neches game will be played there, Tuesday, March 26. New Summerfield first faces off with Kerens in a Friday, March 29 home game.