The Palestine boys’ baseball team got off to a great start to 2013 Monday, and junior Chico Herod made sure of it.
The Wildcat pitcher fanned 13 in a one-hit, complete game effort as the Wildcats rolled over Malakoff, 14-0.
Herod helped his own cause mightily at the plate, finishing 3-for-4 with a home run, a triple and six RBI.
Austin Brown, Ryan Zavala, Devin Harris and Brian Gummelt each added two hits in the win for the Wildcats (1-0), who open play in their co-hosted Howard Estes Memorial Tournament at 5 p.m. Thursday against Athens.
FRANKSTON 6, WESTWOOD 5
The Frankston baseball team got five strong innings from starter Waylon Morris and managed to hold off rival Westwood Monday in both teams’ season opener, as the Indians earned a 6-5 win.
Morris struck out nine and allowed four runs — only one of which was earned — to move to 1-0 on the year. Jordan Thomas got the save, pitching the final two frames and striking out three.
Morris and Thomas both had doubles in the game, along with Hunter Mewbourn. Jordan Chalk drove in two runs, while Thomas, Mewbourn, J.J. Kummer and Bryson Bacon each drove in one off of the Westwood pitching duo of Andrew Flowers, who took the loss, and Joseph Meador.
Lane Stringfield went 3-for-3 with a double for the Panthers in the loss, while Korbin Boles was 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Frankston (1-0) takes on Beckville to open the Cushing tournament Thursday, while Westwood opens up the Howard Estes at noon Thursday against Groesbeck.
Elkhart wins Brownsboro tourney
Junior pitcher Catie Bridges got a win in each game of the knockout round, as the Elkhart softball team won its first tournament of the 2013 season in Brownsboro over the weekend.
The Lady Elks scored four runs in the first two innings and then held off a late charge from Commerce in the championship game for a 5-4 win.
Bridges got the win and struck out four, while also scoring two runs.
Larami McAdams and Courtney Cheatham each had two hits in the victory, with McAdams driving in a run. Alicia Lipscomb added a hit and a RBI, as did Megan Davis.
In the semifinals, the Lady Elks topped the host Bearettes behind a shutout from Bridges, who struck out two in the victory.
Davis was 2-for-3 with a RBI and run scored in the win, while Tracey Clewis added a double, a run and an RBI of her own.
In the first game of the knockout round Saturday, Elkhart scored in the top of the seventh to tie Caddo Mills and force extra innings, before scoring in the eighth for the 4-3 win.
Bridges struck out three in the victory, and Robin Grant had two of the Lady Elks six hits, including a double. Lipscomb and Madye Hays each added doubles in the victory.
Elkhart will play in the Malakoff tournament beginning Thursday, before hosting Central Heights in the 19-2A opener Tuesday.