FRISCO — The Denison Yellow Jackets split a pair of games to open the season at the Denton Tournament, starting with a 5-4 victory over Lovejoy before a 7-5 loss against state-ranked Frisco Liberty on Thursday.
Freshman Braeden Wright won his high school debut, Clay Stubblefield had a two-run double during Denison’s five-run first inning and Devon Blanton earned the save against Lovejoy.
Frisco Liberty took advantage of seven Jacket errors and broke a tie with two runs in the sixth inning to beat Denison in the second game. The Jackets had tied the game at five with a pair of runs in the fifth inning.
Stubblefield, Will Stubblefield and Will Menta doubled while Joseph Hendricks and Luke Thomas each had two hits for Denison (1-1), which continues tournament action today against Timber Creek and Denton at Denton.
Leonard 12, Bells 2 (5)
POTTSBORO — Colson Coheley was 3-for-3 with three RBI as Leonard opened the season with a victory against Bells at the Pottsboro Tournament on Thursday.
Ty McKinney and Dylan Monck each doubled and drove in three runs, Blake Cummings was 2-for-2 and scored three times and Mason Sargent earned the victory for Leonard, which faces Krum at 3:30 p.m. today as tournament action continues.
North Lamar 10, Gunter 7 (6)
CELINA — Gunter was unable to sweep all three tournament games when North Lamar scored four times in the bottom of the fifth inning for a victory to close out the first day of the Celina Tournament.
Nate Yansky had a two-run double and Troy Watson was 2-for-3 with two RBI for the Tigers, who opened the season with a pair of shutouts.
Reagan McDonald started the day by striking out seven and allowing two hits in a 10-0 win in five innings against Melissa. Rhett Taylor’s three-run homer started a seven-run fifth inning to blow the game open and Troy Carrigan added a two-run double.
C.J. Tyler doubled for the Cardinals.
Jake Oblaf struck out four and worked around four walks in a one-hit victory against Frisco Lone Star, 8-0, in five innings. Ben Fisher drove in three, two on a double, Garrett Hunter tripled and McDonald was 2-for-2 with an RBI for Gunter (2-1), which will continue tournament play today against Garland Lake View at 1 p.m. and Celina at 7 p.m.