Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Local Sports

April 16, 2013

19-3A Softball: Rusk secures district title on Senior Night; Lady Eagles trash Fairfield, 8-0

RUSK — The No.4-ranked (Class 3A) Rusk Lady Eagles nailed down the District 19-3A championship by steamrolling Fairfield, 8-0, Friday night at Lady Eagle Park.

Rusk (21-2, 7-0 19-3A) closes out the season tonight at Palestine.

Fairfield, who came into the contest in second place, slipped to 17-11 overall, 5-2 in conference, following the loss.

Friday was Senior Night in Rusk, with Lady Eagles Juliann Bowling and Sydney Littlejohn being honored in a teary ceremony that took place near the 50-yard line of Eagle Stadium following the contest, after a late-game partial power failure that knocked out both banks of outfield lights at Lady Eagle Park forced the battle to be halted with Rusk batting with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning - the game was official after four and a half innings.

And although the focus was on the Lady Eagle seniors, every Rusk starter made solid contributions as the Lady Eagles amassed 11 hits, with each Rusk position player getting at least one hit in the game.

Rusk got on the board first in the third frame when Rachel Miller laced a single up the middle to lead things off.

Miller then moved over to second when the Fairfield third baseman could not come up with a nice bunt dropped down the third base line by Gabby Willis.

Then with one out, the Lady Eagles loaded the bases when Chelsea Daniels got aboard on a fielder's choice after the Fairfield pitcher threw to third to try to get Miller who was the lead runner.

Miller beat the throw to the hot corner and Daniels was safe at first.

Littlejohn then stepped into the box and drilled the second pitch that she received from Kaliegh Mitchell into the gap in right center for a triple that scored both Miller and Willis.

LIttlejohn led Rusk at the plate by going 2-for-4, with 3 RBI.

Bailee Gates also had a multi-hit game (2-for-3) for the winners.

Daniels (triple), Willis (double) and Kelsey Blankinship (double) also notched extra-base hits for the Lady Eagles.

Rusk went on to add three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth segment to salt the win away.

Littlejohn allowed just one hit, a fourth-inning single to shallow center off the bat of Caitlyn Stone.

She fanned 14 and didn't walk a batter.

LIttlejohn needed just 68 pitches to get the job done, with 55 of those being strikes. She threw first-pitch strikes to 16 of the 18 Fairfield hitters that she faced.

Littlejohn, who now has 957-career strike outs, needs 32 more to surpass Callie Collns' school-record of 988-career strike outs.

The Lady Eagles will close out the regular season at 6 p.m. this evening when they travel to Palestine.

NOTE: Bowling, the daughter of Trey and Kara Bowling will be Rusk's salutatorian this year and plans on attending Texas A&M in the fall where she will join her older sister, Allison...LIttlejohn, who ranks forth in her class academically, will be attending University of Alabama on a softball scholarship...She is the daughter of Paul and Lynn Littlejohn.

 

 

 

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • 04-24-SB Prv..JPG Fightin' Maidens, Lady Eagles to open up bi-district play tonight

    Softball teams from both Jacksonville High School and Rusk High School will find themselves in unfamiliar territory tonight, albeit for different reasons, when they lift the curtain on the post season with their respective bi-district games slated to get under way.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 04-24-JC WBB.jpg Lady Jaguars' Workman, Maosa to play at D-I level

    One is heading back to her home state of Pennsylvania, the other will remain in Texas, her native state. Jacksonville College sophomores and womens basketball standouts Deva'Nyar Workman of Reading, Pa. and Yvonne Maosa, from Mansfield, Texas have both decided to continue their respective promising basketball careers at NCAA, Division I institutions.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 04-24-Alto SB.jpg Alto softball shoots up to No. 1 in latest state-wide poll

    While the Alto Lady Jackets were taking on Pollok Central, a state-ranked Class 3A team, Tuesday evening in a warm-up scrimmage, the new Texas Girls Coaches Association Class A softball team was released.

    In that newly minted poll, the Lady Jackets took command of the No. 1 spot for the first time this season.

    Alto (20-3), the undefeated District 21-A champions, displaced Beckville (29-2) from the top spot.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 04-23-Troup SB + foto.jpg Lady Tigers zap Winona, 11-0, to settle into playoff mode

    Troup's Lady Tiger softball team sent its three seniors off in fine fashion Friday night by walloping Winona, 11-0, at Lady Tiger Park.

    The win locked up the District t 18-2A championship for Troup, and marked the fourth-straight season that the Lady Tigers have won the district crown.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 04-23-Melchor.jpg Tribe soccer sends 4 to 35-4A first team; Melchor District Offensive MVP

    Martin Melchor of Jacksonville High School was voted by the District 35-4A boys soccer coaches as the circuit's Offensive Most Valuable Player.

    Melchor is the all-time leading scorer in Tribe soccer history. He will continue his academic and athletic career at Coastal Carolina University (NCAA, Division I) following his graduation from JHS later this spring.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • mail_001.jpg JUCO Tennis: Jaguars hold at No. 13 in latest ITA poll; women up one spot

    In the latest International Tennis Association junior college polls that came out on Thursday, the Jacksonville College Jaguars held steady at No. 13 in the nation while the Lady Jags moved up one spot to No. 24.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bullard-B.jpg Bullard ace strikes out 14 in warm-up game

    The Lady Panthers of Bullard nailed down their 20th win of the season on Monday by humbling Harelton, 10-2, in a warm-up game that was played at the UT-Tyler Softball Field.

    The Lady Panthers will take on Athens in a Class 3A, Region II bi-district best-of-three series that gets under way beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at Grand Saline High School.

    The teams will travel back to Grand Saline for a noon game on Saturday, with a Game 3 (if needed) to follow the second contest.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Alto.gif Alto boys win area track championship

    Alto earned 181 points to easily out distance second place Timpson (147) to win the team title of the Class A District 20/21 Area Meet that was hosted by Shelbyville High School late last week

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Troup softball image.jpg Troup to tangle with Jefferson in bi-district

    Troup will open post season play by taking on Jefferson's Lady Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Friday at LeTourneau University in Longview.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • images.jpg New Summerfield qualifies handful for regionals

    Four individuals plus a relay team from New Summerfield High School earned berths in the Class A, Region II Championships, to be held in Palestine later this week.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

NCAA Men's Basketball
LOCAL MAGAZINE
AP Video
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide