SWEENEY – While the Ducks escaped the rain, they couldn’t avoid a talented Bulldogs side, falling out of postseason play with a 2-1 series loss to Sweeny this past weekend in a Class 4A Region IV area showdown.
When junior Clark Griffith was a sixth grader at TMS, Taylor high school track coach Mike Tennill handed him an extra Texas Relay bib and told him to use it as motivation for the future. Griffith – now a two-time state finalist and three-time Texas Relay participant – still sees that bib every morning on the top shelf of his closet when he wakes up.
Before we delve into our five questions about Cuero, let’s get the most important information out of the way. Your Taylor Ducks will be taking on the Cuero Gobblers in a best-of-three bi-district series starting Friday at La Grange High School at 7 p.m. Game 2 will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon, and Game 3, if necessary, will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the second game.
By some standards, the Thrall Tigers’ 2015 baseball season was not a success. The Tigers missed the playoffs after finishing fourth in District 27-2A. They posted a 12-10 overall record and had a hand full of late inning losses in district games that probably cost them a playoff berth. But, consider these facts. Thrall’s roster included just two seniors.
The Milano Lady Ealges (16-5 overall, 10-3 District 27-2A) scored in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally past the Thrall Tigerettes, 12-11 Monday afternoon, in a game postponed due to lightning on Friday. The loss eliminated the Tigerettes from the playoff race with one game to play.
THRALL – Ashley Porter and Chelsea Seggern each hammered homeruns, as the Thrall Tigerettes (12-6-2 overall, 8-4 District 27-2A) defeated the Bremond Lady Tigers, 15-7 Tuesday night. The win keeps the Tigerettes in the hunt for a playoff spot with two games remaining on the schedule.
LIBERTY HILL – Past the midway mark of the district season, the Lady Ducks are still searching for a marquee win that could spark an outside shot at a playoff appearance. While it didn’t happen Tuesday night, they can at least take solace in the fact that they made No. 7 state-ranked Liberty Hill mighty nervous.
ABILENE –Taylor’s Everado Araujo just missed out on a podium finish, taking fourth place at the Division II UIL state powerlifting meet Saturday. The junior finished with a three-lift total of 1,430 pounds, including one of the top squats at 545 pounds.
THRALL – Brandy Valadez hit an RBI-single to centerfield in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday night to rally the Thrall Tigerettes (7-2-2, 3-0) to a 6-5 win over the Rosebud-Lott Lady Cougars.
Taylor ISD is upgrading the sprinkler system at Memorial Field in order to have everything in place and ready to go for the 2015-16 school year. According to Deputy Superintendent, Richard Kolek, about a third of the old system had quit working and the previous wiring was in serious need of an upgrade.
The Thrall Tigers spent a lot of time in Rosebud-Lott last week. First, they were there on Tuesday besting the Cougars in both teams’ district opener then on Friday and Saturday they took part in the Cougar’s tournament. The Tigers (3-4 overall, 1-0 District 27-2A) picked up a 9-7 win over the Axtell Longhorns, but dropped a 4-1 decision to the Jarrell Cougars and lost a 9-4 contest to the Troy Trojans.
After weather wreaked havoc on area softball seasons through the first part of the week, Friday broke cold and clear as the Thrall Tigerettes (5-2-2 overall, 1-0 District 27-2A) and Thorndale Lady Dogs (0-1 district) took the field Friday afternoon. The matchup was expected to be a pitching duel between Thrall’s Chelsea Seggern and Thorndale’s Mary Leopold and the game lived up to its billing.