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Meet the Indians etc. 8-8-22

MEET THE INDIANS, MAIDENS — A large crowd of parents, relatives and other fans of the Frankston Indians and Maidens were on hand Monday night at the Robert Loper Coliseum in a recognition of the athletes and cheerleaders. The students were introduced and the Mighty Indian Band played at this event scheduled in preparation for the football, volleyball and cross country seasons coming up. — Citizen Photo

BASEBALL & SOFTBALL

Two Indians, Tribe coach get top

honors in 20-2A All-District list

Two Frankston Indians baseball players and their Coach Wes King, bi-district champions, were selected as superlatives on the 2022 All-District honors from District 20-AA, according to a list released during the week of May 16.

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CLAYTON MERRITT

District 20-2A MVP

Senior pitcher and infielder Clayton Merritt was chosen as Most Valuable Player in the district selections. Robert Walker, junior infielder, was Offensive Player of the Year.

Coach King was named Coach of the Year as he guided the Indians to a tie for first place in the district, first seed in the 2A playoffs and Bi-District Champions.

Other Frankston players were chosen for First or Second Team.

Junior Walker London, pitcher; juniors Matt Metzig and Austin Carr, infielders; and sophomore Ryan Harper, outfield, were named to the First Team.

Chosen for the Second Team were sophomore Conlan Lemay, outfield, and junior Jared Cook, catcher. Sophomore Tripp Hallmark was named Utility Player and sophomore Walker McCann was chosen as Designated Hitter.

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ROBERT WALKER

Offensive Player of the Year

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Several LaPoynor players were chosen on the First and Second Team.

Junior Karson Rhoades, pitcher; sophomore Rustin Pittman, infield; senior Austin Majors, outfield; and senior Blaine Musselman, catcher, were honored on the First Team.

On the Second Team from LaPoynor were junior Kasen Reynolds, pitcher; sophomore Jayden Manken, infield; and junior Corbin Moeller, outfield.

Other district superlatives chosen were junior Trayton Spivey of Kerens and senior Austin Alexander of Martins Mill, Pitcher of the Year; and junior Nic Woolverton of Cayuga and junior Danny Conklin of Kerens, Defensive Player of the Year. Named Newcomers of the Year were freshmen Kannon and Krayton Ritchie of Kerens.

On the First Team, second seeded Cayuga placed four players; third seeded Kerens four players; fourth seeded Martins Mill four players, and Cross Roads one player. Neches placed two players on the 1-A list.

On the Second Team, Cayuga had two players; Kerens had one; Martins Mill placed three; and Cross Roads had six. Neches placed two on the list.

For Honorable Mention, Cayuga and Kerens each listed two players.

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Indians edged 11-10 by Bowie

in deciding game of 2A Area

The Frankston Indians saw their chances to advance in the Class 2A playoffs fade away in the bottom of the seventh inning as the James Bowie (Simms) Pirates scored an 11-10 victory in the deciding Game 3 of the Area playoff series Friday night, May 13, according to information made available by the Frankston scorer.

The Tribe had a 10-7 lead going into the bottom of the seventh but consecutive singles and some key walks produced the necessary four scores which gave Bowie the win.

Bowie’s Game 3 win followed a 6-5 win by the Pirates in Game 2 which spoiled the Indians’ hopes of a two-game sweep of the series after they defeated the Pirates 11-1 in Game 1 on Thursday. 

The Indians had achieved a first seed spot in the playoffs when they won a playoff with Cayuga and Kerens needed after the three teams tied for first place in District 20-2A.

Then on Saturday, May 7, they defeated Big Sandy 13-1 to take the Bi-District championship series two games to one.

Friday night’s deciding game saw Bowie take an early lead 5-3 in the third inning. They padded that lead with two more runs in the fourth and fifth innings and the Indians scored another to trail 7-4.

The Tribe had a five-run comeback in the top of the sixth to go ahead of the Pirates 9-7 and they made it 10-7 in the top of the seventh after Bowie failed to score in their half of the sixth.

However, the Pirates came back with timely singles and walks to secure their one-run victory and advance in the 2A playoffs.

The Indians had eight hits to seven for the Pirates and Indians Austin Carr and Matt Metzig had a double each. Robert Walker, Walker London, Conlan Lemay, Clayton Merritt, Christian Hernandez and Tripp Hallmark each had singles.

Walker McCann started on the mound for the Indians going 2⅓ innings. He allowed only one hit and four earned runs while walking seven. He had one strikeout. Hernandez came in for 3⅔ innings allowing four hits, two earned runs and no walks. He also had a strikeout. Walker pitched a third of an inning, allowing two hits, three earned runs and three walks. He had one strikeout.

Bowie used four pitchers who allowed eight hits, eight earned runs, and 11 walks. They all had seven strikeouts.

The Indians ended their season with a 21-12 overall record.

BOWIE EDGES INDIANS 6-5 IN GAME 2 OF AREA SERIES

The Frankston Indians loaded the bases twice in the bottom of the seventh but were able to get only two runs and were edged by Bowie (Simms) 6-5 in Game 2 of the best of three Class 2A Area Playoff series Friday, May 13 at Gilmer, according to information made available by Frankston scorers.

The Indians’ loss knotted the series at 1-1 and set up a deciding Game 3 to come up shortly after Game 2.

Indians fans had visions of a walkoff win by their Tribe as they trailed by only one and had the bases loaded with two out in that decisive bottom of the seventh. However, a pop out to shortstop ended their hopes and stranded runners who could have either tied or won it for the Indians.

The two teams were tied at 1-1 after an inning, but in the third Bowie scored a run to go ahead 2-1. Things looked better for the Indians when they scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth to go ahead 3-2.

Inning 5 put the Pirates on top to stay with three runs and make it Bowie 5, Indians 3, after two Tribe errors put two men on base, followed by a three-run home run by the Pirates. The Indians were held scoreless in their half of the fifth and sixth and the Pirates added another run in top of the seventh to lead 6-3.

Things looked promising for the Indians in the bottom of the seventh as Robert Walker singled, followed by a single by Walker London putting London on first and Caleb Ramsey, running for Walker, on second. When Matt Metzig walked, the bases were loaded with no outs.

The next Tribe batter hit a fly out to center, and Ramsey scored on the play, narrowing the Pirates lead to 6-4 with one out. With runners on first and second, another fly out to left field made it two outs. Walker McCann was up to bat next and he stretched the count to 3 and 2 before getting a base-on-balls to load the bases again for the Tribe.

Tripp Hallmark out-waited the Bowie pitcher and earned another walk, scoring London to narrow the Bowie lead further to 6-5. However, with two away, the pop out ended Tribe hopes of a two-game sweep in the series.

Hitting for the Indians were Walker with 2 of 2 and London with 2 of 4 and two RBIs. Austin Carr and Metzig got two singles.

London went the distance on the mound for the Indians, allowing six hits including a home run, two earned runs and a base-on-balls. He had six strikeouts.

Bowie’s two pitchers gave up six hits, three earned runs and six walks. They only carded one strikeout.

Scores by innings:

                              1     2     3     4     5     6     7      R     H     E

Bowie (Simms)     1     0     1     0     3     0     1           6     2

Indians                  1     0     0     2     0     0     2      5      6     3

                               1     2     3     4     5     6     7      R     H    E

Indians                  1     0     2     0     1     5     1      10     8     2

Bowie (Simms)     1     1     3     1     1     0     4      11     7     4

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Indians win Game 1 of Area

series by 11-1 against Bowie

The Bi-District Champion Frankston Indians scored nine runs in the first three innings to spark an 11-1 win in Game 1 over the James Bowie Pirates (Simms) in a Class 2A Area playoff series at Gilmer Thursday, May 12, according to information made available by the Frankston scorer.

The Indians and the Pirates will play their second game of the best of three series at 5 p.m. Friday, May 13, followed shortly afterward with a third game, if needed.

The Indians showed early signs of what would be a 11-run, 10 hit performance when Walker London slammed a home run with two out to score Austin Carr who had opened the first inning with a walk.

When Bowie went three up and three down, it was 2-0 Indians at the end of the first.

The Indians were to continue their scoring in the top of the second as Clayton Merritt walked. A pop out followed but Tripp Hallmark reached first on an error and Merritt, who had stolen second, advanced to third. Then Carr doubled to center field scoring Merritt, and Hallmark went to third. Ryan Harper came up next and singled to score Hallmark. Carr advanced to third.

Robert Walker then hit a two-run double, scoring Carr and Harper to increase the Indians lead to 6-0 going into the bottom of the second.

Despite a walk and a single, a ground out and a fly out was followed by a strikeout by Tribe pitcher Matt Metzig to end the second inning for the Pirates.

In the top of the third, the Indians were to score three more runs. The first score came after Merritt was hit by a pitch and later advanced to second and third on wild pitches. Walker McCann followed with a single to score Merritt. Then when Carr came up to bat again, he singled to right field and advanced to second and McCann went to third on an error. With two out Robert Walker doubled again to score both McCann and Carr. The Indians led 9-0 as the Pirates came up to bat in the bottom of the third.

Bowie scored their only run when their first batter walked and ended up on third after a couple of outs. They scored when a two-out single sent the runner home. The inning closed with the Tribe still ahead 9-1.

The Indians were to score a run in the fourth and one in the fifth to secure their 11-1 victory in five innings, thanks to the 10-run rule.

London’s home run, two doubles by Walker and one each by Conlan Lemay and Carr gave the Indians their extra base hits. Carr went 3 of 3 at the plate and Walker was 2 of 3. London’s homer  made him 1 of 2 but with two RBIs and Walker was credited with four RBIs. Harper, Metzig,  and McCann each had key singles.

Metzig was on the mound for the Indians for 3⅔ innings, allowing two hits and walking five. He had three strikeouts. Christian Hernandez came in to relieve Metzig and allowed only one hit. He struck out three in 1⅓ innings.

                             1     2    3     4     5      R     H     E

Indians                2     4    3     1     1      11    10     0

Bowie (Simms)   0     0    1     0     0        1      3     2



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