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Spurger Pirates Compete In Evadale Tourney

Cody Winkle throws out a pitch.by Emily Waldrep

The Spurger Pirates Varsity baseball team competed in the Evadale tournament on March 1 and 2, and came away with two losses and one win for their first games of the season. The tournament started off with one game on Thursday against Evadale, which they lost 3-17. The second game began on Friday morning, and Spurger fell behind 0-6 against Anahuac. Although they lost the first two games of the season, the Pirates never forgot that they hadn't been playing or practicing baseball as long as most of the other teams in their district, and didn't let the losses get them down. In the third game of the tournament they played as a team to pull off a win against Hull Daisetta on Friday.

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Bulldogs Rally In 7th, Collapse In 9th; Fall To Lions

Varsity team member and senior Cullen Barker gets ready to hit for the Bulldogs.by Chance Bailey

Varsity Baseball

The Bulldogs got off to a hot start last Tuesday against Kountze, scoring three runs in the first inning, led by Senior Daniel Bruton's two-run double and Junior Bryce Rains' stand-up triple. The game was kept close throughout, with some consistent pitching and solid infield play from the Bulldogs. In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Bulldogs trailed 7-6. The first two batters that stepped up to the plate struck out, leaving Bryce Rains as the potential final out to seal a victory for the Lions. Rains then walked after five pitches and was able to steal second base, third base, and eventually home plate to send the Bulldogs into extra innings. Senior pitcher Cullen Barker took the mound to start the eighth inning, but was only able to get one out before being relieved by lefty Haiden Hughes. Hughes got the final two outs, putting the Bulldogs back on the plate with a chance to end the game. The Bulldogs couldn't find their rhythm swinging the bat, though, as none of the first three batters were able to get on base. In the ninth inning, things started going wrong for Colmesneil. The Bulldogs put themselves in a hole, surrendering four runs in the ninth, allowing Kountze to take an insurmountable 11-7 lead. The final score was 11-7. On top of the tough loss, the Bulldogs will be without starting first baseman Dylan Falcon for a few weeks due to a pulled hamstring suffered in the fifth inning. The Bulldogs also competed in the Evadale Tournament over the weekend. They finished in third place, beating Anahuac and Brookeland in the process. The Bulldogs will travel to Broaddus on Friday, March 9, at 6 p.m. to compete in their first district game of the season.

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Warren ISD Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Resigns

Kevin Barbay, the athletic director and head football coach at Warren Independent School District, officially resigned from his position on March 6,2012 to pursue other opportunities for himself as well as his family.

"We will begin searching for a new head football coach in the coming weeks," said Lance Johnson, superintendent at Warren.

Johnson has not yet set a definite time-frame for finding the new head football coach.

Spurger Varsity Baseball Competes in Evadale tournament

Austin Ross slides into home plate during the last inning of the Pirates game against Hull Daisetta.by Emily Waldrep

The Spurger Pirates Varsity baseball team competed in the Evadale tournament on March 1 and 2 and came away with two losses and one win for their first games of the season. The tournament started off with one game on Thursday against Evadale, which they lost 3-17. The second game began on Friday morning, and Spurger fell behind 0-6 against Anahuac. Although they lost the first two games of the season, the Pirates never forgot that they hadn't been playing or practicing baseball as long as most of the other teams in their district, and didn't let the losses get them down. In the third game of the tournament they played as a team to pull off a win against Hull Daisetta on Friday.

The top of the first inning, Hull Daisetta came out swinging and managed to score a 6 points before the Pirates could strike them out.

The game started out with Hunter Smith hitting a single, and stealing first and second base. Brett Bussel then hit a double that brought Smith into home for the first point for the Pirates Bussel managed to steal third base, but the follow up batters struck out at the plate, ending the first inning with a score of 1-6 with the Pirates behind.

Hull Daisetta hit two pop flies in the top of the second inning, and struck out swinging to make three outs and no score.

In the bottom of the second inning, John Smart hit a double, and then stole third base and home, bringing the score to 2-6. Caleb Lebouf and Thomas Martin struck out, but Austin Ross managed to run home during the last play of the game. At the beginning of the third inning, the score stood at 3-6.

Hull Daisetta struggled to make good hits in the top of the third, and got three outs after only four batters went up to the plate.

Laurent hit a single and stole second in the bottom of the third, and Cody Winkle hit him into home. The score was now 4-6 and Hull Daisetta were loosing their gap.

Hull came back in the top of the fourth and scored two more runs, widening the gap again to 4-8.

The, Hunter Smith hit a double and stole third in the bottom of the fourth inning, and Aaron Ford hit a double that ran Smith into home. Ford also made it home off of a hit by Laurent. During the last play of the game, Austin Ross hit a triple and stole home to bring the score to a close 7-8.

Since the game was a tournament game, it had a time limit and could only last two hours, so the teams could only play until the fifth inning. Hull Daisetta went up to bat one last time and managed to gain three runs. Those runs brought the score to 7-11, and it looked like the Pirates wouldn't be able to pull off a win. But, the boys came out in the bottom of the fifth inning ready to play, and fighting to take the win. Caleb Lebouf and Austin Ross both started off by making great hits and getting on base, and Thomas Martin stepped up to the plate and hit a perfect line drive to center field that brought Ross and Lebouf home and brought he score up to 9-11. Hunter Smith smashed a ball into left field and brought home Martin, stole 2nd base, and then got hit into home by Aaron Ford, tying the game at 11-11. The two hour time limit for the game was quickly coming to an end, and the only man on base was Aaron Ford, who stole all three bases and ran into home to win the game during the very last play of the game.

The boys were extremely happy that they came back and won the game, and are looking forward to the rest of the regular season, and games without time limits.

Be sure to catch the Pirates next game at home against High Island at 4:00p.m.

Lady Dogs Place Second In West Sabine Tournament

The Lady Dogs celebrate during the West Sabine Tournament.by Julia Barnes

Lady Dogs Softball

The Colmesneil Lady Dogs Softball team is looking great this year. The team consists of four seniors: Dakota Pentecost, #6; Elizabeth Bryan, #8; Stormy Thompson, #7; and Jaymee Broussard, # 2; six juniors: Allie Monk, # 11; Ali Harvey, # 53; Olivia Spradlin, #3; Gwyn Heckman, #10; Kristi James, #9; and Natalie Moffet, #14; six sophomores: Kalyn Byerly, #1; Kara Standley, #13; Lara McMillian, #24; Kimberly Knighten, #30; Magen Allen, #25; and Emilee Best, #5; and one freshman: Treasure Jackson, #4. They competed for the first time this season in the West Sabine Tournament last weekend and placed second. The team beat Broaddus, West Sabine's junior varsity twice, and Big Sandy.

The Lady Dogs will play their next game on Friday, March 2 in Colmesneil against Warren. There will be both a junior varsity and varsity game, and the games will begin at 5 p.m. They will then play on Tuesday, March 6 for their first District game. The team will be playing in West Sabine at 5 p.m.

Bulldogs Baseball

The Bulldogs competed in the Kountze Tournament last weekend and placed third. They will play in the Evadale Tournament on March 1, March 2, and March 3. It is varsity only and the game times are TBA.

Tuesday, March 6 is open for the Bulldogs, so their next game will be on March 9 in Broaddus beginning at 4 p.m. This will be the team's first District game and both varsity and junior varsity will be competing.

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Woodville Forfeits To Warren - Friendly Rivalry Ends In Brawl

by Kelli Barnes

Neighbors and school rivals, varsity baseball teams from Woodville and Warren faced off for the first time this season at Hennigan Park in Woodville. The Friday night game was part of the Woodville varsity baseball tournament going on this weekend. The tournament is also a fundraiser for Woodville Volunteer Fire Department.

The game started at 7:30 p.m. with Warren batting first. Woodville had two batters out in the first inning when the game was delayed due to lightning. At approximately 8:30 p.m. the game resumed play. Woodville scored first with four runs. Warren came back, getting four runs of their own and adding another five, making the score 9-4. Later, Woodville scored another three, bringing the score to 9-7.

The atmosphere in the stands and on the field was typical for rival teams enjoying a close game with a lot of action. Woodville tied the game 9-9 near the end of the time limit. The Warriors fought to get the Eagles out of the final inning scoreless. Woodville had a man on first with two outs when the Warrior pitcher threw a curve ball, hitting the Woodville batter in the helmet. Instead of taking first base, the Woodville batter ran to the Warren pitcher, attacking him. This action caused several players from both teams to leave their dugouts and storm the pitchers' mound. Spectators witnessed a brawl that was quickly ended by coaches from both teams.

Everyone waited anxiously in the stands while players and coaches met on the field with their respective teams. Within minutes, a Woodville Eagles coach crossed the field to the Warren team, offering a handshake to the Warren coach and forfeiting the game.

The tournament will continue Saturday. It is uncertain what will happen to the Woodville player who started the incident, but it is unfortunate one player ruined a good game between friendly rivals.