Grapeland's Reed beats the throw

Grapeland's Haylee Reed beats the throw to Slocum's Courtney January during this District 21-2A game from Saturday afternoon. Grapeland topped Slocum 9-4.

COURTESY PHOTO BY VANESSA GOODWYN/Special to the H-P

SLOCUM — The Grapeland High School softball team swept Slocum in District 21-2A games this season, including Saturday's 9-4 conquest.

Slocum bolted to a 3-1 lead by the end of three innings, and 4-3 heading into the top of the fifth.

The Sandiettes scored one run in the fifth, one in the sixth and four more in the seventh for the win.

Cierra Simon and Cadie Currie both had three hits for Grapeland (20-7-2). Cheney Boyd and Madi McCombs both supplied three RBIs.

Currie outdueled Slocum's Jalyn Fletcher. Both girls pitched complete games, with Fletcher fanning six Grapeland batters, and Currie two Lady Mustangs.

Friday's Games

Malakoff 11, Westwood 7

Malakoff pushed across three runs in the top of the sixth to put Westwood away for good in this District 18-3A game.

Westwood was its own worst enemy with six errors, and the loss puts a dent in the Lady Panthers' hopes for making the playoffs.

Katie Trimble and Bryanna McGuire both pitched for the Lady Panthers, with Trimble recording five strikeouts.

Trimble tried with might to keep Westwood alive in the game — driving in three runs on three hits.

Madisonville 16, Palestine 6

MADISONVILLE — Ka'Zem Wood singled twice and Paige Bain had a pair of RBI; but, it wasn't enough versus Madisonville in District 18-4A action.

Palestine made sure Madisonville played a full game.

Bain also homered while Amirah Wyse and Fazaria Edwards both doubled. Jnna Rogers added a triple, and she was the lone Palestine player to plate two runs.

Rogers took the loss, giving up seven earned runs on six hits with four walks. She struck out three, and hit a Madisonville batter.

This marked the LadyCats' final game of the season, finishing 6-22 overall and 0-8 in district.

Seven seniors will be lost to graduation: Jessilyn Jenkins, La Quita Green, Toni Swanson, Victoria Mata, Tara Stricklin, Bain and Rogers.

Neches 5, Lovelady 2

NECHES — Hannah Lovelady and Sheridan Andrews both had two hits as the Neches softball team topped Lovelady by three runs in District 21-2A.

Josey Sumpter pitched a complete game with a whopping 17 strikeouts. Lexi Rogers contributed a pair of RBI. Neches plated four runs in the first inning, and the Lady Tigers were well on their way to victory.

BASEBALL

Elkhart 4, Buffalo 3 (9)

ELKHART — The Elkhart High School baseball team played a single game over a two-day period, and ended up rallying for a one-run victory in nine innings.

Elkhart's Bryson Adair ripped a line-drive double to right center field and he was moved to third on a Jon Michael Mahon sacrifice groundout. Landry Mays drove home Adair with the game-winning run.

Zerick Warren finished the game getting on base four times (two singles, two walks). Cole Evans singled, doubled and scored twice. Mays finished with two RBIs. And Justin Rea singled twice and had one RBI.

Elkhart (14-11 overall) kept pace with Malakoff in the chase for the District 18-3A championship with the victory. Mays also was the winning pitcher.

Madisonville 10, Palestine 0

MADISONVILLE — Madisonville scored runs in a piecemeal fashion, but they racked up 10 by the end of the fifth inning to induce the mercy rule.

Jayden Townsend absorbed the loss for Palestine (9-17), who will play Fairfield at home today on Senior Night.

SCOREBOARD

SCHOOLS

Friday's Results

Boys Soccer

Palestine 6, Ferris 2

Baseball

LaPoyonor 14, Neches 7

Madisonville 10, Palestine 0

Lovelady 15, Slocum 2

Frankston 10, Teague 9

Elkhart 4, Buffalo 3 (8 inn.)

Malakoff 11, Westwood 0

Cayuga vs. New Summerfield, rescheduled to Monday

Softball

Madisonville 16, Palestine 6

Frankston 14, Teague 0

Malakoff 11, Westwood 7

Elkhart 4, Buffalo 3

Neches 5, Lovelady 2

Grapeland 9, Jewett Leon 6

Slocum 9, Centerville 5

Cayuga at Fruitvale, ppd.

Saturday's Results

Boys Soccer

Palestine 2, Terrell 0

Softball

Grapeland 9, Slocum 4

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