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Author: Will Johnson

Sandies Breeze by Panthers, 5-1

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter GRAPELAND – The Grapeland Sandies hosted the Normangee Panthers last Thursday in a battle for second place in District 21-2A. Both teams came into the game with three district losses and with only two district games remaining after Thursday night’s contest, the winner would have the inside track at the second seed as the playoffs started. The Sandies fell behind early but a strong pitching performance from Josh “Bear” Ackley, coupled with some timely hitting in the middle innings allowed the Sandies to win by a final score of 5-1 and take over sole...

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Batter Up!

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter  CROCKETT – The skies overhead were overcast and gloomy early in the morning, but as the morning progressed, the clouds gave way to sunshine as Opening Day ceremonies were held on the Crockett Little League baseball diamonds, on April 15. Saturday marked the 64th Opening Day for the Crockett Merchants’ Little League (CMLL) and continued a streak of being the longest continuously operating Little League in the State of Texas. A parade through downtown Crockett, replete with fire trucks and police cars, escorted all the Little League tea ms to Davy Crockett Park for...

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District 20-2A Track and Field Meet 

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter CENTERVILLE – The District 20-2A Track and Field Meet was held last week, with the field events and 3200m run held on Monday, April 10. Preliminaries in several of the running events were also held on Monday with the finals for those events held on Thursday, April 13. The six schools competing at the district meet were: Centerville; Dallardsville Big Sandy; Grapeland; Groveton; Latexo; and Lovelady. The top four finishers in each event qualified for the Area Track and Field Meet scheduled to be held in Fairfield next week. The scoring was based on...

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Sandiettes Blank Lady Tigers, 9-0

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter. GRAPELAND – For the longest time on Tuesday, it didn’t look like the Grapeland Sandiettes and Latexo Lady Tigers would be able to take the field. Rain had settled into the area and up until about noon, the Sandiettes field was a muddy mess. Fortunately, the clouds parted, the wind began to blow and Coach Joel Barbosa was able to get the field in shape to play the game with only a 30 minute delay in the start time. It was Senior Night in Grapeland and three young ladies were honored for their contributions...

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Sandies Score Seven in the Seventh to Clip Mustangs, 11-5

By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter  SLOCUM – The Grapeland Sandies scored seven runs in a wild seventh inning comeback to defeat the Slocum Mustangs by a score of 11-5 and shore up their playoff seeding. Trailing by a score of 5-4 as the seventh inning began, Tanner Prasatik opened the inning with a single to left. He moved to third after back-to-back walks to Josh “Bear” Ackley and Rick Frauenberger. A wild pitch allowed Prasatik to come around and score and tie the game at five. Another pair of walks to Franco Rea and Blake Howard re-loaded the bases...

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