TROUP — Luke Smith was unhittable and his teammates gave him more than enough support as Troup blanked Harmony 10-0 on Friday.
Smith struck out 12 in his no-hitter, with three walks preventing him from a perfect game.
The Tigers finished with nine hits, four going for extra bases. Troup led 2-0 after two innings, courtesy a two-run double by Mason Mallard.
The Tigers pushed four more across in the fourth, highlighted by another two-run double by Mallard, a passed ball and sacrifice fly from Brant Palmer.
That was more than enough for Smith, but Troup wasn't finished, scoring four more with Mallard delivering his third two-run double for two of the runs. All told, he finished with six RBIs.
Smith capped the night with a strikeout for the final out of the sixth to end it due to the 10-run rule.
Wilson, 21 steals help JT pick up second win
DALLAS — Jeremy Wilson struck out seven and had a no-hitter going into the fifth inning as John Tyler took down Dallas Jefferson 13-4 on Friday.
The Lions picked up their second win of the season by going 21 of 22 on stolen-base attempts.
Wilson had three of those steals while going 2 for 3 with a double.
After losing his previous two starts by one run, Wilson was staked a 5-0 lead in the top of the first and held the Patriots to two hits.
"So he really was able to go out there and just focus on hitting spots and pitch location when we put the 5 runs up to start the game," JT coach Chuck Isaac said.
With Wilson throwing four no-hit innings to start the game, the Lions dugout began to talk about a possible no-hitter.
"I had to teach them you stop talking about it," Isaac said. "They kept talking about it and they jinxed him but he pitched well and it's going to give him a lot of confidence going into district."
Josh Parker went 3 for 4 with four RBIs and two steals for JT while Jerron Jones hit 2 for 3 with a triple and four steals.
Combined with a 16-12 loss to Malakoff on Wednesday, the Lions have scored 25 runs in their last two outings as the bats have picked up with the start of district on March 18 against Corsicana at Mike Carter Field.
"We needed to go in on a high note for the kids," Isaac said. "Our bats are really getting going. The kids are getting it. They're working hard and it's a pleasure and it is fun watching these young men to really be getting it and enjoying playing."
John Tyler 13, Dallas Thomas Jefferson 4
John Tyler 500 215 0 — 13 16 2
Jefferson 000 002 2 — 4 2 1
W – Wilson (1-2). 2B – JT: Wilson. 3B – JT: Jerron Jones.
RECORDS — John Tyler 2-11.
NEXT UP — Corsicana at John Tyler, 7 p.m. March 18.
Lee splits Saturday games
WACO — Robert E. Lee's Ben Romines delivered eight hits in two games with the Red Raiders splitting their final two contests of the Waco Midway Tournament on Saturday.
The Red Raiders (6-6-1) beat A&M Consolidated 13-9 and were denied in extra innings, 6-5, by host Midway.
Lee went 1-3 on the weekend with a 4-3 loss to Bryant (Ark.) and 3-1 loss to Waxahachie on Friday.
REL opens up District 12-5A play on Tuesday at home against Mesquite Horn.
"I think we made some progress this weekend," Lee coach David Howard said. "On Saturday we had great at-bats with runners in scoring position.
"We had chances late against Midway and they did too. They were finally able to get one across in the ninth."
Against Midway, Parker Bates went 4 for 5 with two runs scored and Romines finished 3 for 4 with a homer, double and a run batted in.
Lee rallied from 5-2 and 9-7 deficits in its victory over Consolidated, scoring four runs in the top of the seventh to secure victory.
Tyler Jones was 2 for 4 with two runs and Chandler Hill finished 2 for 3 with two runs and three RBIs. Parker Bramlett had three hits, two of which were doubles, and two runs and Romines finished 5 for 5 with a two-run triple.
Waco Midway Tournament
Waco Midway 6, Robert E. Lee 5
Lee 300 011 000 — 5 11 2
Midway 130 001 001 — 6 6 1
Jacob Kuehn, Stephen MacPherson (2), Chandler Hill (8) and Tyler Jones; Young, Vasek (7) and Cooker. W – Vasek. L – Hill. 2B – REL: Hill, Ben Romines, Kuehn. WM: Pool. HR – REL: Romines (solo, sixth inning).
RECORDS — Robert E. Lee 6-6-1
NEXT UP — Mesquite Horn at Robert E. Lee, 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mike Carter Field.
Lee 13, A&M Consolidated 9
Lee 002 502 4 — 13 13 2
AMC 203 220 0 — 9 12 2
Zach McEntire, Jonathan McGowan (1), Clayton Hodges (4) and Tyler Jones; Henderson, Corrington (7) and Gibson. W – Hodges (2-1). L – Corrington. 2B – REL: Ben Romines, Parker Bramlett (2). AMC: Gibson, Corrington. 3B – REL: Ben Romines.
RECORDS — Robert E. Lee 6-5-1
Cougars open TAPPS 2-4A defense strong
Defending champion Grace Community opened TAPPS 2-4A play with a pair of victories over Dallas Christian and Waco Reicher on Friday and Saturday.
The Cougars defeated Reicher 7-5 on Friday before going on the road to defeat Dallas Christian 7-4
Against Reicher, Dylan Sumpter went 3 for 4 with a three-run double in Grace's five-run fifth. Chris McLeod added three hits, two runs and two RBIs.
The Cougars pounded out 13 singles against Dallas Christian, two each from Jonny Spitzer (two RBIs), Austin Patrick, Sumpter, Adam Graham and Andrew Melhart (four RBIs). Patrick struck out 11 in six innings for the win.
Grace Community 7, Waco Reicher 5
Reicher 002 001 2 — 5 8 5
Grace 001 051 x — 7 9 3
Colton Rhodes, Jack Aydelotte (6) and Santiago Turrubiates. Adam Graham, Chris McLeod (7) and Call Florence. W – Graham. L – Rhodes. 2B – WR: Barrett Mattson. GC: Dylan Sumpter.
Grace Community 7, Dallas Christian 4
Grace 010 240 0— 7 13 1
D. Christian 103 000 0 — 4 4 2
Austin Patrick, Mason Aldredge (7) and Chandler Nutt. Roberson, Thompson (5) and Robison. W – Patrick. L – Roberson. S – Aldredge. 2B – DC: Lunday. HR – DC: Lunday.
Wildcats stay unbeaten, go 5-0 in Longview Tourney
LONGVIEW — Whitehouse picked up two wins over schools from Arkansas on Saturday and went 5-0 at the Longview Tournament as the Wildcats improved to 11-0 on the season.
Whitehouse defeated El Dorado (Ark.) 8-3 and Lake Hamilton (Ark.) 4-1.
Against El Dorado, Eric Munoz went 3 for 4 with two RBIs, two runs and a triple while Patrick Mahomes had a home run and four RBIs. Grant Herrington struck out seven in 5 2-3 innings for the win on the mound.
In the Lake Hamilton win, Ryan Cheatham struck out six in six innings and added two hits, two runs and a double to pace the Wildcats. Peyton Conser picked up the save and had a triple.
Whitehouse 8, El Dorado (Ark.) 3
El Dorado 102 000— 3 4 2
Whitehouse 111 311— 8 9 2
Brandon Trottle, Blake Cunningham (4), Jacob Prim (5), Mason Clay (6) and Joseph Basheurs. Grant Herrington, Landry Mayo (6) and Rex Swinney. W – Herrington. L – Trottle. 3B – WH: Eric Munoz. HR – WH: Patrick Mahomes.
Whitehouse 4, Lake Hamilton (Ark.) 1
Whitehouse 202 000 0 — 4 7 1
Lake Hamilton 000 010 0 — 1 6 3
Ryan Cheatham, Peyton Conser (7) and Rex Swinney. R. Soclair and Z. Mauldon. W – Cheatham. L – Soclair. S – Conser. 2B – WH: Cheatham. LH: H. Lipton, A. Young. 3B – WH: Conser.
RECORDS — Whitehouse 11-0.
NEXT UP — Mount Pleasant at Whitehouse, 1 p.m. Tuesday.
At Van High School
Kilgore 6, Mineola 5
Mineola 002 03 — 5 7 5
Kilgore 041 1x — 6 2 4
Riley Anderson and Tino Elias; Sheppard, McMorris (5) and Bullard. W – Sheppard. L – Anderson. 2B – M: Elias, Noah Sneed. 3B – K: Wood.
RECORDS — Mineola 6-6-1
NEXT UP — Wills Point at Mineola, noon Tuesday.
Lady Raiders blanked by Rockwall-Heath
ROCKWALL — Less than 24 hours after pummeling North Mesquite for 10 runs on 11 hits, Robert E. Lee could not break through against Rockwall-Heath in a 2-0 loss Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Raiders (7-7-1) are now 1-1 through two District 12-5A games.
Heath starter Cami Duffey went the distance for the Lady Hawks (10-8, 1-1), allowing six hits. Makenna Aycock took the loss, also giving up six hits. Both of the runs were unearned as REL committed three errors.
"Makenna threw well enough, we just couldn't generate anything offensively and left runners in scoring position," Lee coach Darren Pool said.
Lee goes back on the road Tuesday to face Mesquite. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Mesquite Softball Complex.
Winnsboro tops Quitman
QUITMAN — Winnsboro scored six runs in the first inning and added two more in the third to eventually win 8-5 over Quitman on Friday.
The Lady Raiders finished with 11 hits, led by Kasey Thomas, who went 3 for 4 with a triple and two RBIs. She also stole three bases.
Kenzie Cox also had two hits for Winnsboro (9-7) and scored a run, with Kyla Thompson scoring two runs with a hit and two walks.
Kim Jongsma got the win for Winnsboro, going 5 2-3 innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits with two strikeouts.
Winnsboro 8, Quitman 5
Winnsboro 602 000 0 — 8
Quitman 000 104 0 — 5
RECORDS — Winnsboro 9-7.