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Lady Trojans fall to the Lady Bobcats

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051123 trojan softballAshney Minor lines up on a nice fastball during the first inning. Photo by Charles Ballard

By Charles Ballard
SJNT correspondent

The Lady Trojans’ postseason dreams were ended by the Orangefield Lady Bobcats in the area round of the state softball championships.

On Thursday, Coldspring lost 8-2, and on Friday, the Lady Trojans were blanked 12-0 behind cold bats and a senior-packed opponent.

Even so, Izzy Doggett picked up a 2-run home run in the 4th inning, driving in Trinity Rosales.


The Lady Pirates continue to advance in the state tournament, dropping Diboll in the best-of-three series played in Livingston.

In the first game, Shepherd blanked the Lady Lumberjacks 9-0. Isabelle Hooper got the win on the mound, allowing only 4 hits while striking out 10. Kortlyn Goodson went 4-for-4 at the plate, and Brooklynne McCumber went 2-for-4 with a triple.

The second game ended in a 1-1 tie, so in the third, Shepherd came back for a 9-1 win and a trip to the regionals.

Hooper again got the call and allowed 1 run on 6 hits with 7 strikeouts. All but one Lady Pirate contributed to the offense, with Neveah Murphy going 4-for-4 at the plate, and Kylie Scifres went 3-for-4 with a triple.

Shepherd faces East Bernard on Thursday in Navasota.

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Top athletes

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051123 trojan trackColdspring’s Carter Currie will compete in the pole vault at the State Track and Field Tournament on May 11, starting sixth with a qualifying jump of 14 feet. While not enough to qualify for state, Miki Ellisor placed 14th in the regional meet with a jump of 7 feet 6 inches, and fellow athlete Tess Phillips placed 8th with a jump of 8 feet 6 inches. Courtesy photos

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Shepherd loses in bi-district round

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051123 shepherd baseballJaigen Aguilar leaps for a pick-off pitch during the game against Onalaska. Photo by Charles Ballard

By Charles Ballard
SJNT correspondent

KATY — The Shepherd Pirates lost the best-of-three series on Thursday and Friday to Danbury, ending the team’s hopes for a longer postseason.

On Thursday, Shepherd fell 5-1, while on Friday, the team lost 5-2.

Even so, Head Coach Josh Meeker said the pitching staff as a whole did a great job in only giving up 2 earned runs in the 2 games.

Marshall Reeves was the bright spot offensively going 2-for-5 at the plate.

“It was a good season, (even though) we didn’t quite achieve all of our goals in how far we would have liked to go in the playoffs,” Meeker said. “It was great to be able to get Shepherd back in the playoffs for baseball and change the thoughts of baseball in Shepherd.”

Meeker said he was stepping down as a coach, so it was special to be a part of a team making the playoffs that hasn’t been there in 9 years.

“I just hope the spark of interest and drive for success continues in the program,” he said.

On May 1, Shepherd lost 1-0 to Onalaska in a game played after two rain cancellations.

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Lady Trojan wallop Onalaska twice

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042023 trojan baseballKarsen Clark, first baseman for the Trojans, takes a swipe at a Tiger during a pick-off move in the first inning. Photos by Charles Ballard

By Charles Ballard
SJNT correspondent

COLDSPRING — The Lady Trojans downed the Onalaska Lady Tigers 16-1 on Friday after handing the team an 18-3 loss on April 11.
Coldspring managed to get the scoring started early and often on Friday, and Ashney Minor shut down the Lady Tigers offense on the mound with seven strikeouts.

Shae Price had the big bat, going 3-for-3 with three RBIs.

On April 11, Minor allowed no hits, one run and struck out three in her two innings on the mound, while Rosales struck out four and allowed two hits.
Olivia Moreno went 4-for-5, including a triple, at the plate, driving in three runs to lead the offense. Olivia Lee went 2-for-2 with two doubles and 2 RBIs, and Minor went 1-for-3 with three RBIs.

The Lady Pirate were dominant in district play, downing Crockett 16-1 on April 11 and blanking Anderson-Shiro 5-0 on April 10.

The Trojans did not have the luck of the softball team, losing two to Onalaska — 3-1 on Friday and 4-3 on April 11.

Luke Monroe started off strong on the mound on Friday, punching out 3 and leaving 2 stranded in the first, and went 3 up 3 down in the second, but in the 3rd inning the Tigers got the timing and popped on over the left field fence.

The Tigers posted two more runs in the game while holding the Trojans to one.

The Pirates swept Crockett in two games last week, winning 12-2 on Friday and 11-1 on April 11.

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Coldspring takes two from Trinity

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041323 sanjac baseballAshney Minor Takes the mound and the win against the Lady Trinity Tigers. Cadyn Barton takes the mound in relief of Nolan Beaver to secure the win for the Trojans. Photos by Charles Ballard

By Charles Ballard

COLDSPRING — The Trojans and Lady Trojans hosted Trinity on April 4, posting wins for each team.

The Lady Trojans batted the lineup in the first inning, sending 10 players to the plate and scoring 5 runs and on only 2 hits. 

The second inning produced 4 more runs on only 1 hit; Trinity Rosales, Izzy Doggett, Haylee Rosales and Hanna Bailey all scored twice in the first two innings. The scoring continued until the game was called on runs, giving a win a 15-0 win to the Lady Trojans. 

Ashney Minor, starting pitcher for the Lady Trojans, managed to post 5 strikeouts during the first two innings and continued to dominate the Lady Tigers throughout the night. 


The Lady Pirates were edged out by Anderson-Shiro 5-4 on April 4, placing the Shepherd and Coldspring tied for first place in the district. 



COLDSPRING — The Trojans outclassed Trinity 16-2 on April 4 behind hot bats and hotter pitching.

During the first inning the Trojans saw 13 players at bat, scoring 8 runs on 7 hits and stranding 2. 

Nolan Beaver posted a banner night on the mound, striking out 3 of 4 the first inning and posting 6 strikeouts in the first two innings. 

Luke Monroe had 4 steals during the first two innings alone, and the Trojans had 7 stolen bases for the night. 


The Shepherd Pirates downed Anderson-Shiro 4-2 on April 4.

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