By Jana Rayburn
The Chester Yellowjackets won their first district game of the season against Zavalla last Tuesday, March 1. The Jackets defeated the Eagles 17-4. Peanut Fann pitched three innings for the Jackets and allowed no runs and no hits. Fann struck out six batters. Trayce Knox pitched for two innings. Knox struck out 4 batters. Offensively, the Jackets had 17 runs off 29 hits. Carson Thom-son went 5-5 with 3 RBI’s. Jack Rayburn went 2-2 with 2 hits, was walked 3 times, and scored 2 runs. Peanut Fann went 4-5 with 4 hits and scored three runs. Carsyn Whitworth went 4-4. Luke Read also went 4-4 and scored two runs. Will Thomason had 2 hits and scored two runs.
The Jackets played in the Latexo Baseball Tournament last weekend, and ended up taking home second place. The Jackets defeated host team Latexo on Friday 18-0. Peanut Fann went 3-3 with 3 hits and drew a walk. He scored four runs during the game. Carson Thomson went 4-4 and scored 3 runs. Jack Rayburn went 2-2 on 2 hits, 1 walk and scored two runs. Rayburn also had 2 RBI’s. Colton Pursley went 2-2 on 2 hits and 1 walk and had 1 RBI. Luke Read went 2-3 with two hits and 1 RBI. Trayce Knox and Chase Bertrand allowed no runs in a combined effort on the mound. Both Knox and Bertrand struck out two batters each.
The Jackets faced off against the Centerville Bulldogs last Friday, and won 5-4. The team ended the game with 5 runs on 15 hits. The Jackets were up, but the Bulldogs battled back to try and take the lead late in the game. The Jackets overcame and won in an exciting finish. Waylon Sturrock struck out 6 batters and allowed 3 hits. Peanut Fann struck out 4 batters. Peanut Fann went 3-3 and had 3 hits, scoring 3 runs. Carson Thomson and Carsyn Whitworth both had 2 hits and an RBI each. Jack Rayburn went 3-3 and hit a double. Zayne Barnhart and Colton Pursley also con-tributed greatly with 2 hits each. Ethan Vinson was hit by 3 times out of 5 at bats during the weekend tournament.
The Jackets lost to Normangee 0-12 in the championship game. The team battled throughout, but couldn’t overcome mistakes. Normangee had an impressive team and threw a great pitcher against the Jackets. Their pitcher had 11 strike outs during the game.
The Jackets will host Brookeland on Friday, March 11 at 4 p.m. On Tuesday, March 15, the Jackets will travel to Colmesneil to take on the Bulldogs in a 7 p.m. game.
The Lady Jackets also run-ruled Zavalla last Tuesday, March 1 by a score of 22-5. The Lady Jackets had two girls hit over-the-fence home runs. Both Audrey Gilzow and Kaylee Tolar both had homers for the Lady Jackets.
The team competed in the Blues Bros. Softball Tournament in Nacogdoches March 3-5. The Lady Jackets ended the tournament with 1-3. The Lady Jackets lost both games on Thursday to Hemphill and Grapeland. They defeated Wells 13-5 on Friday. The Lady Jackets lost to Nacogdoches on Saturday. Kaylee Tolar hit a home run during the three-day tournament, and both Kat Knox and Lily Read had good defensive efforts.
The Lady Jackets will be at home on Friday, March 11 as they host Brookeland at 4:30 p.m. The Lady Jackets will face off the Lady Bulldogs in Colmesneil on Tuesday, March 15 at 6 p.m.
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