Sports

Tue
17
Apr

Wortham Bulldogs shooting for unblemished district record

Mexia News staff report
The Wortham baseball team has already clinched the District 16-2A championship. Now they’re shooting for an unbeaten district campaign.
The Bulldogs kept their run of consecutive wins intact with a 13-3 victory Friday at Coolidge. The win ran their district record to 10-0.
Leadoff batter Hunter Waggener set the table for Wortham with three hits.

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Tue
17
Apr

Ladycats fall to Lady Eagles

Mexia in softball playoffs as second seed
Mexia News Staff Report
The Mexia softball team lost its regular-season finale 18-3 Friday night at Fairfield. The contest was stopped after four innings.
Despite the loss, Mexia finishes second in District 18-4A with a 5-3 record. Two of the losses were to Fairfield, which won the district championship with an unblemished 8-0 record.
Mexia opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the first inning. Fairfield answered with two in the home half of the frame.
Mexia regained the lead 3-2 with a run in the top of the second.

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Tue
17
Apr

Mexia’s struggles continue with loss to Fairfield

By Skip Leon
sports@themexianews.com
With one game left, the Mexia baseball team is still trying to nail down a playoff spot.
The Blackcats fell victim to a hard-hitting Fairfield team Friday night and lost 8-4 in a District 18-4A game at Fairfield.
The loss, Mexia’s fourth in a row, drops the team to 2-5 in district and 7-11-1 overall. The Blackcats hold down fourth place, which would be the final playoff slot from the district.
Fairfield’s win kept the Eagles in the playoff hunt. It was their first district victory in six games. They are a half-game behind Mexia.
The Blackcats play their final regular-season game at 7 p.m. today at home against Athens. A Mexia victory would clinch at least a tie for the fourth and final playoff spot.
Fairfield has two games left -- tonight at Palestine and Friday at home against Madisonville, which is unbeaten atop the district standings.

Fri
13
Apr

Wortham takes title with 15-4 victory

By Skip Leon
The Mexia News Sports Editor
Wortham baseball coach Chad Coker said his team got off to a slow start in their non-district campaign. They lost five of their first six games in tournament play.
However, by the time the Bulldogs hit District 16-2A action they were clicking on all cylinders.
Wortham has run through district without a loss and clinched the championship Tuesday with a 15-4 victory over Dawson. They are a perfect 9-0 in district play. They are 10-5 overall.
Riesel is in second place with a 7-2 district record. Both losses have been to Wortham. The district is comprised of five Class 2A schools and three Class 1A schools. Wortham and Riesel each have two games left against 2A teams. The best Riesel can do is tie Wortham, but the Bulldogs hold the tie breaker by virtue of their two victories over the runners-up.

Fri
13
Apr

Blackcats slump with third loss in a row; still have shot at playoffs

The Mexia News staff reports
The Mexia baseball team lost a 12-2 decision to state-ranked Madisonville in Mexia Tuesday night. That was the same score by which Madisonville beat Mexia in their first game.
The loss was the third in a row for the Blackcats, who are in fourth place in District 18-4A with a 2-4 record. They are 7-10-1 overall.
Madisonville, which is ranked No. 18 in the state, improved to 6-0 in district.
Mexia is a half-game behind third-place Palestine (2-3 district). The teams have split their two games this season.
Mexia drew first blood against Madisonville when JR Deichler lofted a sacrifice fly to drive in a run and get the Blackcats on the board in the first inning.

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Fri
13
Apr

Ladycats clinch second place with win

By Skip Leon
The Mexia News Sports Editor
Mexia softball coach Keith Vest tells his players to be aggressive at the plate and come out swinging.
The Ladycats did just that Tuesday night against Madisonville and outslugged the Lady Mustangs, 11-9. The victory clinched the runner-up spot in District 18-4A and also avenged a 13-8 loss to Madisonville earlier in the season.
The victory put Mexia at 5-2 in district play. They played their final regular-season game Friday night at Fairfield, which had clinched the district championship and entered the finale with a 7-0 district slate. Third-place Athens has finished their district campaign with a 4-4 record.
“We’re very aggressive,” Vest said. “I tell them to hunt fastball early and just swing away at it, square it up.”
Jennifer Williams socked a pair of solo home runs and Tashundra Reeves belted a two-run homer to cap a five-run second inning that ignited the Ladycats.

Fri
13
Apr

Ingram qualifies for regional golf tourney

By Skip Leon
The Mexia News Sports Editor
For two years Courtney Ingram was on the cusp of qualifying for the girls’ golf regional tournament. This year, the Mexia High School junior made it past district.
Ingram shot rounds of 112 and 120 in District 18-4A play and finished second among players competing as individual medalists to qualify for the regional tourney April 25-26 at Raven Nest Golf Club in Huntsville, which is the home course for the Sam Houston State University women’s golf team.
The top two teams and the top two individuals in district move on to the regional. Advancing past district was a goal for Ingram this year.
“It was my goal. I was trying my hardest to make it,” she said. “My first two years I missed it by just a couple of strokes. So I was trying to improve my game and hopefully make it this year. And I’m glad I did.”

Mon
09
Apr

Tennis team wins

Wortham Bulldog tennis brought back numerous awards from the district meet that was recently held in Waco. As a team, the Lady Bulldogs won the District 18-2A championship. Megan Whaley was the district champion in girls’ singles, while Kayla Lansford and Ashley Mao teamed up to win second in girls’ doubles. Sean Bullard placed third in boys’ singles.

Mon
09
Apr

Lady ’Dogs defeat rival Lady ’Jackets

Mexia News Staff Report
A day after falling on the road to district foe Riesel, 20-4, the Wortham Lady Bulldogs bounced back to shut out the Coolidge Lady Yellowjackets at home, 15-0.
The Lady Bulldogs scored seven runs in the bottom of the first.
Hallie Fautt and Jayde Hamilton led off the inning with back-to-back walks. Skylar Phillips followed with a triple to center to score both runners.
Kayla Lansford singled in Phillips to make it 3-0. Samantha Wright was hit by a pitch to give Wortham runners at first and second.
One out later, Alex Munster drew a walk to load the bases.
Spring Hogan’s grounder to third resulted in an error, allowing Lansford to score. Reagan Stuver capped the inning’s scoring with a bases-clearing triple to left to give the Lady Bulldogs the seven-run lead.
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Mon
09
Apr

Lady Cats notch another victory

Mexia News Staff Report
The trip to Palestine Friday night paid off big for the Mexia Ladycats softball team as they picked up their second straight district win by the score of 7-2.
The win moves the Ladycats’ season record to 10-11 and puts them a half-game ahead of Athens for the No. 2 seed spot in District 18-4A.
In Friday’s five-run win, the Crimson and Black took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning after Ver’sonyca Reeves doubled in Ashton Langley - who had reached base with a two-out single.
In the third, Mexia scored twice to move ahead 3-0.
With one out in the inning, Jenny Williams gave the Ladycats their first base runner of the frame after watching four pitches go by to draw the base-on-balls.
Baileah Thompson took the first offering from Palestine pitcher Victoria Mata and hit a line drive to center field for a triple, knocking in Williams on the play.

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