Mineola senior Noah Sneed capped 2016 with a state football championship. He capped the 2016-17 school year by going 3 for 3 to lead the Red past the Blue 11-7 on Friday in the Northeast Texas Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes second annual All-Star Baseball Game at UT Tyler’s Irwin Field.
“It was a blast. You got to play with kids from all around the area,” said Sneed, who added he tried out for Tyler Junior College and is hoping for the best. “We were only together for two days, but it felt like we’ve been a family. The (Blue) came out swinging, but we just had to keep our faith and battle back.”
The game was sponsored by The Mentoring Alliance and featured graduated seniors from around the area. It went nine innings with both teams changing pitchers in every half inning. The Blue Team led 6-0 entering the bottom of the seventh before the Red rallied for the win.
While baseball was happening at Irwin, the best softball players from around the area were matched up at the third annual Courtney Construction All-Star Softball Game at UT Tyler’s Suddenlink Field. The Red team overpowered the Blue 10-3, highlighted by a three-run home run from Martin’s Mill infielder Grace Camacho.
The combination of Blue team hurlers Patrick Miner (Whitehouse), Kade Clemens (Gilmer), Jarret Whorff (Winnsboro), Cristian Netro (Pittsburg), Nathan Gibbons (Jefferson) and Taylor Meaux (White Oak) had held the Red team to two singles in six scoreless innings.
Meanwhile, the Blue strung together six runs with Lanson Simmons (Henderson) and Kade Keener (Robert E. Lee) scoring two runs apiece with Whitehouse’s Patrick Miner delivering a leadoff single in the second and scoring on a bases-loaded walk by White Oak’s Taylor Meaux.
The contest was a full nine frames, but the Red Team only needed one-half inning to turn the game around.
The Red took advantage of four errors while delivering four hits to score six runs and tie the game.
FCA Red then took the lead for good in the bottom of the eighth with Beckville’s Zach Collins singling and scoring on a double from Athens’ Emmanuel Hernandez, and Tye Elie of Edgewood singling and scoring on a hit by Athens’ Cameron Woodard.
“We were hoping to try and pull out the win, but really we were here to meet up some with good guys across East Texas and finish out our (high school career),” said Keener, who went 2 for 3 with two singles for the Blue team.
Bullard’s Zoe Hancock got things going early for the Red team and it never looked back. Hancock finished with two singles and a triple with Rusk’s Natalie Reither also producing two hits for the Red team.
In the circle, Randi Carol Phillips from Harleton and Brownsboro’s Kirsten Anderson kept the Blue team in check.
The Blue team trailed 3-0 before Alyssa Duplichain (Bullard Brook Hill) got the team on the board with a lead-off single and scored on a single from White Oak’s Jessica Patak. Patak later stole third and scored on a single by Jaye Doughtie (Sulphur Springs).
The Red re-established its cushion in the seventh with a single from Chapel Hill’s Sydney Balderrama, a triple by Anderson and a single by Hancock, all three scoring to make it 6-2.
Leading 6-4 in the ninth, the Red team put the game away. After Phillips singled and scored, Lindale’s Allie Thompson and Athens’ Samantha Smith got on for Camacho, who launched a 1-1 pitch over the wall.
Notes: Players who took part in the 2nd Annual Mentoring Alliance All-Star Baseball Game for the Red Team were: Cameron Woodard, Athens; Caleb Hart, Harmony; Blaine Parker, Hallsville; Will Davis, Harleton; Jacob Moore, Spring Hill; Braedon Sims, Spring Hill; Nicholas Croteau, Overton; Collin Pippen, Kilgore; Noah Sneed, Mineola; Zach Collins, Beckville; Jaylon Redwine, Chapel Hill; Logan Durrett, Hallsville; Emanuel Hernandez, Athens; Ryan Walls, Whitehouse; Mason Buck, Sulphur Springs; Jacoby Bogue, Van; Cole Craig, East Texas Christian Academy; Tye Elie, Edgewood. Red Team coaches were Mick Eckles, Spring Hill; Chad Linder, Bullard; and Dallas Robertson, Athens … Players who competed for the Blue Team were: Jordan Masterson, Longview; Cristian Netro, Pittsburg; Kade Keener, Tyler Lee; Kade Clemens, Gilmer; Gus Gowin, Rains; Patrick Miner, Whitehouse; TJ Brumley, Frankston; Lanson Simmons, Henderson; Gage Walters, Lindale; Trent Easley, Grand Saline; Taylor Meaux, White Oak; Nathan Gibbons, Jefferson; Jarret Whorff, Winnsboro; and Trajan Bush, Longview. Blue Team coaches were Wesley Dorsett, Longview; Ryan Pete, Gilmer; Tommy Stewart, Pittsburg … Players who took part in the 3rd Annual Courtney Construction All-Star Softball Game for the Red Team were: Randi Carol Phillips, Harleton; Madison Whitfield, Mount Vernon; Zoe Hancock, Bullard; Kaycee Parker, Pittsburg; Camryn Rucker, Elkhart; Caitlin Shippey, Henderson; Kaylee Miller, Whitehouse; Caitlyn Ballew, Rusk; Samantha Smith, Athens; Grace Camacho, Martin’s Mill; Allie Thompson, Lindale; Sydney Balderrama, Chapel Hill; Kirsten Anderson, Brownsboro; Bailey Daniels, Van; Hana Bonner, Joaquin; Avery Underwood, Harleton; Natalie Reither, Rusk; Halyn Willis, Frankston and Taylor Pruitt, Rains. Red Team coaches were Ashley Renner, Rusk; Megan Dobrinski, Bullard; Michelle Forsman, Athens; and Justin Kniffen, Harleton … Players who competed for the Blue Team were Taylor Deike, Chapel Hill; Alyssa Duplichain, Brook Hill; Jaye Doughtie, Sulphur Springs; Cylie Wragg, Gladewater; Riley Kennedy, Pine Tree; Brianna Robinson, Henderson; Dana Cooner, Harleton; Chelcie Pierce, Carthage; Kinley Wilkins, Marshall; Hannah Langford, Hawkins; Whitney Kerr, Edgewood; Destiny Michel, Waskom; Kaleigh McClure, Arp; Korby Bassett, Palestine Westwood; Hannah Crowson, Sulphur Springs; Jessica Patak, White Oak; Audrey Robinson, Fruitvale; Kaylin McWhorter, Spring Hill; Adrianna Kuechle, Brook Hill and Keylee Adair, Carlisle. Blue team coaches were Anthony Springer, Bullard Brook Hill; Ashton Brey, Spring Hill; Katie Keith, Pine Tree; and Kayla Whatley.