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
  • 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

  • JJHS logo.png Fightin' Maiden Volleyball camp canceled

    The Jacksonville Fightin, Maiden Volleyball Camp, scheduled to take place Monday thru Wednesday has been canceled.

    All registration fees will be refunded in full.

    For more information call the JHS Athletic Department (903) 586-2131.

     

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-17-Hill + mug.png JC's Hill to play for Our Lady of the Lake

    Two down and one to go.

    Jacksonville College saw its second of four sophomores sign a National Letter of Intent late last week, when Davvin Hill signed with Our Lady of the Lake University, a NAIA school located in San Antonio.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07-17-Vert. I art.JPG Harris keeps Fightin' Maiden hoops camp simple

    One would probably be hard pressed to find any summer youth sports camp with a more streamlined approach than was found at the Jacksonville Fightin' Maiden Basketball camp, which took place this week at the Jacksonville High School Gymnasium.

    “We just asked the young ladies for two things,” Tony Harris, Jacksonville High School head girl's basketball coach, stated on Wednesday. “First, we wanted them to have fun and secondly we wanted them to learn control — to be able to control their eyes, their body and the (opposing) defender.”

    July 17, 2014 3 Photos