Pleasant Grove southpaw Ryan Galvan wasn’t himself Friday night at Liberty-Eylau’s H.E. Markham Park.
The crafty Galvan tossed a 4-hitter and struck out 13 in seven innings to lead the Hawks past crosstown rival Liberty-Eylau, 7-1. Pleasant Grove improves to 13-4 on the season and 4-0 in District 15-4A. The Leopards slip to 2-2 in district.
The Hawks never trailed, but L-E got Galvan’s attention early when senior Marzavian Riles crushed his third offering of the game 400 feet over the center field fence to make it a 2-1 game.
“Every time Ryan (Galvan) has stepped out there this year, he’s done a great job for us,” said Pleasant Grove coach Riley Fincher. “He’s beaten a lot of quality teams this year with his teammates behind him. The best thing he has going right now is his confidence in himself.”
Galvan’s teammates provided more than enough support at the plate with nine hits. Seth Hopkins and Andrew LeGrand had a double and single each.
Jackson Cobb drove in Ben Harmon with a triple for the Hawks’ first run. He later scored on a grounder. Marshall Cox had a run-scoring double, and Galvan helped himself with an RBI-single. Tucker Anderson and Parker Twisdale also had hits for Pleasant Grove.
L-E had trouble getting the ball out of the infield after Riles’ homer. Gage Stanley and pinch-hitter Drew Lankford singled to right, and Matthew O’Neal had an infield hit in the seventh. Both teams had two errors.
“It’s a big win, and now our biggest game is next Tuesday at Pittsburg,” said Fincher. “It’s our biggest game because it’s our next game.”
Lady Leopards get win against Paris
Officially, it goes down as a forfeit because Paris started Friday’s game at Liberty-Eylau with only eight players.
The missing player was Paris’ ace pitcher, but the coaches agreed to go ahead and play since the Lady Wildcats had made the long trip to Texarkana.
Savannah Phelps and McKenzie Williamson hit home runs, and L-E dominated the short-handed Wildcats, 13-0.
Tigers win at Sulphur Springs
SULPHUR SPRING, Texas – Chris Sutton’s two-run single in the eighth inning Friday night gave Texas High a key District 15-5A win over Sulphur Springs, 6-4.
Sutton finished with three hits, and was the winning pitcher in relief of Rian Cellers. The Tigers are now 4-1 in district play.
Jackson Halter had two hits for Texas High, also driving in a run. Chris Lyles contributed a triple, Ben Depriest an RBI-single, and Cameron Radney plated a run with a sacrifice fly.
Mount Pleasant girls edge THS
Mount Pleasant edged Texas High’s softball team in District 15-5A action in Texarkana, 6-4.
The host Tigers led 2-0 early, then Mount Pleasant scored three runs without the benefit of a base hit. The two teams combined for nine errors.
Averie Ayers was the winning pitcher, while Lindsey Egger suffered the loss.
Pittsburg outslugs Lady Hawks, 19-11
PITTSBURG, Texas – Pleasant Grove had four players with three hits, but still came up short Friday to host Pittsburg, 19-11.
Natalie Nicholson drove in three runs for the Lady Hawks with three hits. Lexie Snyder had three doubles, while Kristen Key contributed two doubles and a single, driving in three runs.
Kaylee Kelley also had three hits, while Bre Jones added a double and single.
Rabbs win pitchers’duel against Redwater
REDWATER, Texas – Max Ebarb allowed one hit and struck out 11 Friday night, helping Atlanta outlast Redwater, 2-1.
It was a heart-breaker for the Dragons’ Preston Davis, who allowed only three hits, while striking out five.
The Dragons took an early lead when Malcon Brown singled and scored in the second inning.
Kade Wood, Kolby Mason and Jake Thompson had the Rabbs’ three hits.