Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Local Sports

March 21, 2014

Bullard downs Henderson, 3-2, in 10 to take over first in 16-3A

Gillard gets game winning hit; Springer fans 16

BULLARD —

Ashleigh Gillard stroked a single into the ally in left field with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Bullard a dramatic, 3-2, win over Henderson on Friday at Lady Panther Park. Gillard's walk off blast scored Hana Woyt, who reached base earlier in the frame on a base hit to right. Woyt moved over to second on a wild pitch to set the table for Gillard, Bullard's lead off hitter.

The win was the Lady Panthers' 12th in-a-row as Bullard moved to 13-3 overall, 5-0 in District 16-3A.

The loss dropped the Lady Lions (4-1 16-3A) into second place.

Kristi “Coco” Springer went the distance in the circle to pick up the win for the Lady Panthers.

Springer, a Texas Woman's University signee, fanned 16 Lady Lions and did not walk anyone.

Henderson could muster just five hits off the Bullard ace, with the Lady Lions' big blast coming in the top of the fifth when Brianna Robinson hit a massive home run over the wall in left center that gave the Lady Lions their first run of the game after Bullard had jumped out to a 2-0 lead after scoring single runs in the second and third innings.

Henderson went on to tie the game later in the fifth and that's where things stood until Gillard provided some late-game heroics.

Bullard head coach Pam Chestnut said it was the intangibles that gave her team the key victory.

“It was out attitude and our ability to stay positive that was the difference,” Chestnut said. “We believed we could win and our girls picked each other up and supported each other all night and that made the difference. This was a big win for us.”

Gillard led Bullard at the dish by going 2 for 5.

Springer, Sarah Ritch, Baylee Taylor and Zoe Hancock also collected singles for the winners.

Tori Lee had a pair of safeties for the Lady Lions.

Robinson came on in relief in the eight frame and suffered the loss for Henderson.

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • RNIZRWPNXJDDLGT.20140225144737.jpg Locals Hamlett, Trotter prepare for SHSU swan song

    The Sam Houston State University Bearkats will have a brand new head coach and an unfamiliar quarterback this season.

    But the Southland Conference (NCAA, Football Championship Series) team will return a rock-solid nucleus, including Cory Hamlett, a senior who prepped at Jacksonville High School and Rusk High School graduate John Trotter, who will also be in his final year playing for the orange squad from Huntsville.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • IMG_4906.JPG Johnson hired as Lady Guard basketball coach

    In filling its opening for a head girl's basketball coach, The Brook Hill School turned to Ivan Johnson, a coach that has been has achieved playoff success in TAPPS circles.

    Johnson was introduced as Brook Hill's man to lead the Lady Guard hoop charges Tuesday afternoon in a press conference that was held on campus at the Kyle Lake Athletic Center.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • baseball.jpg TTA Youth baseball: Rusk Rangers 8U open state play with 2 wins

    Rusk's trio of youth baseball teams particpating in various Texas Teen-Age Baseball Association state tournaments remained alive going into Wednesday evening's games.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-22-Updated cover tease art.jpg Bullard's Rumbelow rapidly rising up through ranks in Yankee farm system

    In just over a month Nick Rumbelow, a former Bullard High School pitching standout, will be celebrating his 23rd birthday.

    Where he will be on that day is anyone's guess and may be classified as a “$64,000 question.”

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Indian head.jpg Jacksonville Football Camp set for Aug. 4

    Jacksonville High School will be hosting a free football camp, targeted towards for all incoming 7th, 8th and 9th grade football players, on Aug 4-5.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 10273379_236808723182178_4581202026987849136_o.jpg Rusk qualifies 4 teams for TTA state baseball tournaments

    There will we far fewer youth baseball players, coaches, family members and supporters roaming the streets of Rusk this week.

    That's because, county them, four teams from Rusk will be competing at venues around Central and East Texas in various Texas Teenage-Baseball Association state championship tournaments.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-22-Wright + mug.jpg Jacksonville finds new defensive a few miles down Highway 79

    Jacksonville athletic director/head football coach Chris Taber said that DeJoran “D. J.” Wright, former co-defensive coordinator at Palestine High School, was a logical choice to take over as the Tribe's new defensive coordinator for several reasons — most importantly was Wright's “X's and O's” philosophy.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • prca_logo1.jpg Wells roper snares a nice payday at Snake River Stampede

    Tyler McKnight, of Wells, and team roping partner Jake Cooper, won first place in the opening round of the Snake River Stampede (rodeo) that was held last week in Nampa, Idaho.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-19-SA + foto.jpg Jacksonville College's Abboud pays dividends for Israel’s WNT

    Jacksonville College women's basketball coach Leasa Ailshie is expecting great things from incoming sophomore Shahd Abboud, who hails from Shefa-Amr, Israel, when the Lady Jags report on Aug. 16 for the fall semester.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 10273379_236808723182178_4581202026987849136_o.jpg Area softball teams wrap up play in TTA state tourneys

    Two Cherokee County youth softball teams concluded their respective runs at Texas Teen-Age Softball Association state tournaments earlier this week.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo