Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress
16-4A Baseball: Tribe turn in solid effort in league- opening loss
NACOGDOCHES — Jacksonville battled Nacogdoches tooth and nail Tuesday night in the District 16-4A opener with the Dragons nipping the Indians 3-2. Nacogdoches drew first blood by plating a run in the bottom of the first inning. The Tribe came back to tie the game in the second frame. Then in the fourth, after Jacksonville had moved in front 2-1, the Dragons struck for a pair of runs, which turned out to be all of the scoring in the game. Brett Eckles worked six innings for the Tribe (6-12, 0-1 16-4A) and struck out four Dragons. Nacogdoches (10-5-1, 1-0) out hit the Indians 5-3 in the game. Jacksonville will host Whitehouse at 7 p.m. Friday.
16-4A Softball: Lady Dragons rough up Fight’n Maidens
NACOGDOCHES — Damonica Franklin crushed a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning, but it wasn't nearly enough as Jacksonville lost a 17-3 District 16-4A affair to the Lady Dragons of Nacogdoches (14-7, 1-0 16-4A) Tuesday night. Aisha Griffin scored the Maidens' first run in the opening segment and Kaitlyn Hudson doubled Sheena Canady in in the fifth to account for the Maidens' final run. Jacksonville (8-10, 0-2) entertains Whitehouse at 6 p.m. Friday.
18-2A Baseball: Tigers run-rule Frankston to stay perfect in district
FRANKSTON — Brad Palmer, Ryan Powell, Kody Welch and Mason Mallard all stroked doubles as a part of a 14-hit Troup attack and the Tigers cruised to an 11-0 win over Frankston on Tuesday. The game was called after five innings due to the 10-run rule. The Tigers (11-4, 5-0 18-2A) got a noteworthy effort on the hill from Seth Gibson who allowed just four hits to pick up the win. Frankston slipped to 3-2 in conference play as a result of the loss. Troup will be back home at 6 p.m. Friday and will put its six-game winning streak on the line by taking on Winona.
16-3A Baseball: Bryant, Mebane break out the bats; Panthers pound Bulldogs
BULLARD — Holden Bryant and Conner Mebane each went 2-for-3 at the plate in Bullard's 11-1 (5 innings) win over Chapel Hill on Tuesday night. Bullard (14-3, 3-0 16-3A) carried a 4-1 lead into the home half of the fifth. That's when the Panthers struck for seven additional runs, as Bullard feasted on four Chapel Hill (0-3 16-4A) moundsmen. Cody Goode was credited with a complete game pitching win for the Panther, who travel to Henderson on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.
JMS tennis team stopped by All Saints
Tyler-All Saints defeated Jacksonville Middle School 10-4 on Tuesday. Boy's singles winners for JMS were, Evan Yount and Abraham Silva. Hannah Roper & Ashlynn Peacock teamed up to win their girl's doubles match, while Alfredo Alvarez & Trayvion Montgomery posted a win in boy's doubles.