by Jason Drake
The Woodville Eagles and Lady Eagles had a strong showing last Friday and Saturday at the Regional Track and Field Meet held at Whitehouse High School. Junior Ju'Lisa Williams won the shot put with a throw of 38'3". This will be Williams' second trip to State in the shot put. Williams also made it to the finals in discus. She placed seventh with a throw of 105'7". Senior Dominique Lockhart placed third in the 100 meter dash with a run of 11.18 seconds. Lockhart is waiting for official UIL announcement to see if he is in as a wildcard. The state looks at all the third place times and picks the fastest to go to state. Senior Marcus earned the bronze medal in the shot put throwing 47'5 ¼". T.C. Mitchell and Phillip Noble each advanced to the finals in high jump and 110 meter respectively. The state meet will be held May 10-11 in Austin.
The Woodville Eagles defeated Warren 8-4 to claim a piece of the district championship. The Warriors entered the game with one district loss, while the Eagles had two. Warren won the earlier meeting in the season 3-0.
The night did not start off well for the Eagles. Warren jumped out to an early 3-0 in the top of the first inning. Pitcher Torin Hickman settled down after the inning and pitched a great game.
The Eagles would answer with a run of their own in the bottom of the second inning. Trent Daniels started the inning off with a walk. Daniels stole second base on the first pitch to Marqui Jackson. Jackson singled to third base scoring Daniels. The score remained 3-1 until the top of the fifth inning, when the Warriors increased the lead to 4-1.
Woodville's offense came alive in the bottom of the fifth inning. Hickman was hit by a pitch reaching first base with one out. Colby Dungan advanced Hickman to second and reached first safely on an error in left field. Bullock advanced Hickman to third while Dungan was called out at second. Hickman scored on a line drive to third base narrowing the lead to two runs. Daniels would tie the game on a double to centerfield. The Eagles took their first lead on a Jackson double scoring Daniels.
The Warriors went three up and three down in the sixth inning, while the Eagles pounded out three more runs. Charles Fentress started the rally with a one out single to centerfield and stole second. Hickman was intentionally walked to put runners on first and second. Dungan sacrificed Fentress to third and Hickman to second. Bullock was intentionally walked to load the bases. Sam Matterson doubled to right field for two RBI's. Bullock later scored on a Daniel's ground ball to the picture. Warren again went three up and three down in the seventh inning to end the game.
Offensively, the Eagles were led by Daniels, Jackson, and Fentress with two hits apiece. Daniels, Jackson, and Matterson knocked in two runs each, while Hickman and Dungan walked twice.
Hickman pitched seven innings giving up three earned runs on four hits while striking out 11. Three of the four hits giving up occurred in the first inning.
The win caused both teams to meet up Friday night to determine playoff pairings. Warren won the game 3-0. The Eagles will face Garrison in the best two out of three in Huntington. Games will be Friday and Saturday. First pitch is 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Game three will be played after game two if necessary. The girls will face Harmony in Nacogdoches in the area round of the play-offs. The girls will play Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday if necessary.
(Photo: Woodville Eagles and Lady Eagles track teams head to regionals.