For the Texas Rangers, it was well-worth the wait - again.
Ian Kinsler singled in the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning after the Rangers knocked 10-game winner Adam Wainwright out of the game, and Texas completed a soggy, three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with a 2-1 victory Sunday night.
''It says a lot when you sweep a team that's that talented, so I think that's definitely a boost,'' said seventh-place hitter David Murphy, whose double kick-started the rally. ''We had a lot of fun, we played with energy and we did exactly what we wanted to.''
Wainwright (10-5) was upset when he was pulled after 105 pitches, and was still hot about it after the game.
Manager Mike Matheny said Wainwright, the third hitter due up in the bottom of the seventh, was going to come out then, anyway, and he thought the right-hander had labored a bit.
''Guys were running on the field and he'd already spoken to the umpire. No amount of lobbying, I wasn't going to stay in that game,'' Wainwright said. ''But I mean, no, I didn't want to come out of that game. I felt I was as strong or stronger at the end there than I was in the beginning.''
The finale of Texas' first visit to Busch Stadium since losing Games 6 and 7 of the 2011 World Series, and first time ever in the regular season, was delayed 2 hours and 59 minutes by heavy rain with less than half of a near-capacity crowd sticking around, and even less around for the finish at 1:06 a.m. The first pitch Saturday night was pushed back 1 hour, 6 minutes and was the third rain delay of the Cardinals' 3-4 homestand.
''You can't take that as an excuse,'' the Cardinals' Carlos Beltran said. ''The other team is also going through what you're going through.''
For the Texas Rangers, it was well-worth the wait - again.
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Rusk track & field to send 5 to upcoming regional meet
As a result of their performances at the Class 3A District 19-20 Area meet, which was hosted by Carthage High School on Wednesday, five student-athletes from Rusk High School have earned a spot in the Class 3A, Region III Meet, slated for George Turner Stadium in Humble (April 25-26).
Rusk-ex Collins named SBC Pitcher of the Week
For the second time this season Callie Collins of University of Texas Arlington (UTA) has been named as the Sunbelt Conference Pitcher of the Week.
Collins, a senior, played high school softball at Rusk High School.
Collins went 2-0 in the circle last week and pitched a pair of complete game victories for the Mavericks.
JMS Tennis: Roper wins first place in Kilgore tourney
Hannah Roper, representing Jacksonville Middle School, won the 8th-grade girls singles championship at the Kilgore Middle School Tournament on Friday while Thomas Brewer came away with the consolation crown in the 7th-grade boys flight.
And, those success stories were just the tip of the tennis iceberg for JMS.
Troup Tiger golfers to return to state tournament
The UIL Class 2A state golf tournament would not be complete without the Troup Tigers included in the mix.
The young men from Troup made sure that they will be in this year's state tournament on April 30-May 1 in Austin by coming in second at the Class 2A Region III Golf Tournament.
The tourney took place Tuesday at Oak Hurst Golf Course in Bullard.
Fightin' Maiden softball earns first-ever playoff berth
As the late afternoon sun slowly dipped below the horizon Tuesday at Faulkner Park in Tyler, there was a soaking-wet head softball coach and a team of excited young Jacksonville Fightin' Maidens that had streaks of white chalk smeared across their faces, uniform tops and pants, milling around the infield, in no hurry to board the team bus for the ride back home.
16-4A Baseball: Jacksonville trounces John Tyler, 11-0
Chris Holcomb stroked a three-run triple that traveled to the fence in left field in the third inning, which was a part of a 2 for 3 night, as Jacksonville plastered John Tyler, 11-0, Tuesday in a District 16-4A encounter that was played at Mike Carter Field.
Racking up three RBI and two runs scored for the Tribe (7-16-1, 2-6 16-4A), Holcomb triggered a six-run third stanza for Jacksonville, with the Indians scoring the remained of their runs in the fifth frame.
Crisp no-hitter sends Lady jackets to 16-1 win over Wells
Alto celebrated Senior Night Friday by trampling Wells, 16-1, in a game that featured a no-hitter being thrown by Lady Jacket Madison Crisp.
Crisp struck out 10 and did not walk a batter in coasting to the win.
Alto recognized its two seniors, Carenza Johnson and Dariyana Moore, on their special day.
Mallard, Smith pick up 4 hits each as Troup whips Frankston
Mason Mallard and Logan Smtih accounted for four hits each on Tuesday when Troup chalked up a 12-0 route over Frankston.
21-A-I Track Championships: Alto boys cleanup; NS teams show improvement
The Alto Yellowjackets boys track team won the District 21-A-I Track & Field Championship by a landslide last week at J. F. Whitaker Stadium in Cushing.
The 'Jackets totaled 272.5 points, with Cushing (92) and New Summerfield (73) completing the top three.
“Our high school boys won district with 272 points, which is impressive to go over 200 points in any meet,” Alto athletic director, Paul Gould, said. “Our kids competed great and they represented Alto great. All of our coaches, as well as myself are pleased with the way that they got after it.”
For New Summerfield, the district meet brought another dose of improvement on the cinders for the Hornets and Lady Hornets.
JHS girls dealt unfavorable draws at regional tennis tourney
As the old sports saying goes, “sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.”
Lady Luck stayed far away from a trio of Jacksonville High tennis players on Monday as Ellie Day, Samantha Lee and Kristie Savage were in the Metroplex, having qualified for the Class 4A Region II Championship Tournament that was hosted by University Texas Arlington.
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