Thursday’s Sports Scoreboard

College Baseball

Charlotte 11, Louisiana Tech 3
Grambling State 11, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 3
LSU 13, Vanderbilt 2
ULM 16, Arkansas State 9

NAIA National Tournament

LSUS 9, Loyola 7, 10 innings

Southland Conference Tournament at Lake Charles

Nicholls State 7, Northwestern State 6


Page, Tigers overwhelm UAPB; LSU, ULM roll while NSU, Tech tumble

DOMINANT, AGAIN: Shemar Page continues to overwhelm SWAC opponents, blanking UAPB through seven innings Thursday as Grambling won on the road.

JOURNAL SPORTS

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Grambling’s baseball team may have only a slight chance to overcome Southern and Prairie View to win the Western Division of the Southwestern Athletic Conference this weekend, but it’s a better chance than UAPB had to overcome Shemar Page Thursday afternoon.

The Tigers’ ace dominated the Golden Lions, striking out 11 in eight innings while giving up just four hits and one run as Grambling drubbed UAPB 11-3 at Torii Hunter Complex.

Page (8-4) walked none and carried a shutout into the eighth inning as he raised his season strikeout total to 135, nearing the school record of 149.

Grambling (23-29, 18-10) stacked up 18 hits as John Garcia homered, doubled twice and drove in four runs against the Golden Lions (13-34-1, 9-19).

CHARLOTTE 11, LOUISIANA TECH 3: The 49ers (35-18, 17-11) scored five runs in the fourth inning before making an out, and steadily pulled away in the Conference USA series opener. Tech (36-18, 18-10) got an early two-run round-tripper by Jorge Corona and a solo shot from Taylor Young.

Charlotte, which has lost just one of its last 12 C-USA games, got a seven-inning relief outing from Spencer Giesting, who fanned eight Bulldogs.

Young singled in the ninth to break the school record with 280 career hits.

NICHOLLS 7, NORTHWESTERN STATE 6: The Demons got two home runs by catcher Austin Kirkpatrick, but failed to pad a 5-2 lead and fell in the opening round of the Southland Conference Tournament at Lake Charles.

NSU (25-28) loaded the bases with one out in the fifth, but Nicholls reliever Chase Gearing stopped the threat and quieted the Demons while the Colonels (26-23) scored the next five runs. Northwestern drew within a run in the eighth on Kirkpatrick’s second homer, then had the go-ahead run on in the ninth with two out but a groundout ended it.

The Demons face Incarnate Word at 1 today in an elimination round game.

LSU 13, VANDERBILT 2: A six-run second inning put the Tigers in charge in Nashville. Centerfielder Dylan Crews drove in four runs and second baseman Cade Doughty blasted two homers at Hawkins Field.

LSU (35-18, 15-13 SEC) hit five home runs to increase its season total to 100. Vandy (35-17, 14-14) could not get going against Tigers’ right-hander Ma’Khail Hilliard (6-1) as he worked 5.1 innings and limited the Commodores to two runs – one earned – on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

Crews was 4-for-4 with a three-run homer, a double and four RBI

ULM 16, ARKANSAS STATE 9: The Warhawks (17-34-1, 7-20-1) cracked five home runs and rolled up eight runs in the fourth inning to take command in the Sun Belt Conference series opener at Monroe. Michelle Artzberger’s grand slam capped the big inning against ASU (11-36, 5-22).


WEEKEND SCHEDULE: Bulldogs wrap up series at Charlotte

Friday

College Baseball

Grambling State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 2 p.m.
Louisiana Tech at Charlotte, 5 p.m.
Arkansas State at ULM, 6 p.m.
LSU at Vanderbilt, 6 p.m.

Southland Conference Tournament at Lake Charles

Northwestern State vs. Incarnate Word, 1 p.m.

NCAA Division III National Tournament

Best-of-5 series (at Cleaveland Field in Williamson Stadium)

Centenary at LaGrange (Ga.), DH, 11 a.m., CST

Saturday

College Baseball

Louisiana Tech at Charlotte, noon
Grambling State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 1 p.m.
Arkansas State at ULM, 1 p.m.
LSU at Vanderbilt, 1 p.m.

NCAA Division III National Tournament

Best-of-5 series (at Cleaveland Field in Williamson Stadium)

Centenary at LaGrange (Ga.), 11 a.m., if necessary, a second game will start 45 minutes after conclusion of previous game

Southland Conference Tournament

If Northwestern State wins Friday:

Northwestern State vs. Nicholls-McNeese loser, 1 p.m. ; if NSU wins it plays again at 6 p.m.

Sunday

College Baseball

NCAA Division III National Tournament

Best-of-5 series (at Cleaveland Field in Williamson Stadium)

Centenary at LaGrange (Ga.), 11 a.m., if necessary

Note: The above schedule is subject to cancellations or reschedule


Notice of Death – May 19, 2022

Cherron Ann Frasier Landrum
September 27, 1947 – April 23, 2022
Services: Friday, June 17, 2022 at 4pm at Mission Point Baptist Church in Stonewall, LA.

Patricia Ann Platt Crocker
January 2, 1934 – May 18, 2022
Visitation: 10a with the service at 11a
Services: Saturday, 21 May 2022, at Grand Cane Baptist Church, Grand Cane, LA

Alfred C. Mosley
April 14, 1957 ~ May 17, 2022
Visitation: Saturday May 21, 2022 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Lake Bethlehem Baptist Church 2842 Martin Luther King Drive Shreveport
Services: Saturday May 21, 2022 9:00 AM Lake Bethlehem Baptist Church 2842 Martin Luther King Drive Shreveport

R. Justine Kearney
February 2, 1943 – May 15, 2022
Visitation: 11:30 a.m. until time of service
Services: Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 1815 Marshall St., Shreveport

Polan Wayne Hayes, Jr.
November 14, 1942 – May 17, 2022
Visitation: Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 1815 Marshall Street, Shreveport, Louisiana, Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
Services: graveside service to immediately follow at 12:00 p.m. in Forest Park West Cemetery, 4000 Meriweather Road, Shreveport

Antonio Alexander
June 2, 1968 ~ May 8, 2022
Services: Saturday May 21, 2022 10:00 AM Bright Star MB.C. 2415 Hearne Ave Shreveport

Linda Faye Watson
December 1, 1948 ~ May 11, 2022
Visitation: 11 to 6 p.m., Friday at Heavenly Gates
Services: 11 a.m., Saturday, May 21, 2022 in the Chapel of Heavenly Gates 1339 Jewell st Shreveport

Ruthie Herndon Anderson-Lewis
March 21, 1924 ~ May 15, 2022
Visitation: Friday May 20, 2022 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Mount Bethel #2 Baptist Church Keithville
Services: Saturday May 21, 2022 11:00 AM Mount Bethel #2 Baptist Church Keithville

Henry Turner
March 5, 1957 ~ May 12, 2022
Services: Saturday May 21, 2022 12:00 PM New Bethel MBC 3300 Greenwood Rd Shreveport

Velencia Thomas
February 22, 1932 ~ May 9, 2022
Visitation: Friday May 20, 2022 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Heavenly Gates 1339 Jewell st Shreveport
Services: Saturday May 21, 2022 1:00 PM Morning Star Baptist Church 5340 Jewella Avenue Shreveport

Earnestine Meaux
January 1, 1944 ~ May 15, 2022
Visitation: Thursday May 19, 2022 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Heavenly Gates 1339 Jewell st Shreveport
Services: 11 a.m., Friday, May 20, 2022 at Galilee B.C. 

Sharon Kay Lewis
November 12, 1943 – May 12, 2022
Visitation: Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home

James Alvin Savell
October 21, 1948 – May 16, 2022
Visitation: Friday, May 20, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Services: Friday, May 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2500 Southside Dr., Shreveport

James Aurther Chandler
December 1, 1944 – May 15, 2022
Services: Friday, May 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Forest Park East Cemetery, 3700 St. Vincent Ave., Shreveport

Pearl Pauline Parmer
July 6, 1932 – May 12, 2022
Visitation: 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2022 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home
Services: 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2201 Airline Drive Bossier City,

Jimmie Bradford McCullough, Jr.
January 24, 1955 – May 10, 2022
Visitation: 10:00 a.m. until the time of service
Services: June 11, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the ­­­­­­­­Rose-Neath Funeral, 2500 Southside Dr., Shreveport, Louisiana


SPOTLIGHT: Steele Netterville is double trouble

SWEET SWING: Byrd High alumnus Steele Netterville has refined his batting stroke, denting outfield walls and the Louisiana Tech record book.

By TEDDY ALLEN, Journal Sports

Louisiana Tech rightfielder and three-hole hitter Steele Netterville is a bright dude.

For the third straight year, Netterville was last week named First Team Academic All-District by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

His GPA is 3.93. (In baseball terminology, that’s like hitting .995)

A fifth-year senior, he graduated with a degree in biology and is studying for his second degree in kinesiology and health sciences. He was accepted into medical school in May, but the school held the spot open so the Byrd High School product could return to Tech for his final year of baseball eligibility.

So grade-wise, he can’t even spell “B.”

But hitting a baseball? That’s a different kind of test.

Organic Chemistry was hard. But hey, he still made an A.

“Hitting is harder,” he said, “by a long, long, long shot.”

“I would never say I’ve figured it out,” said Netterville, who’s hitting .311 with 62 RBI, 13 homers and 13 doubles: his 60 career doubles is a program record. “As soon as you think you’ve got hitting figured out, you get your teeth kicked in.”

He hit only .253 as a sophomore — but he still led the Bulldogs with 26 extra base hits, tied for homers with seven, and was third on the team in RBI.

Not satisfied, he did what he does. He studied. And as the old saying goes, when the pupil is ready, the teacher will appear; former Northwestern State and Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard became Tech’s hitting coach before Netterville’s third season.

Lots of pitching machine sliders in the dirt. Lots of film. Lots of just talking about hitting. About making pitchers get the ball up. Just those two and baseball. Time and practice.

“You’d think that, righty on righty, slider would be his weakness,” teammate and righthanded pitcher Greg Martinez said. “And it was. But after pitching against him the last couple years, I can say that it’s not anymore. He’s learned to stay away from those (sliders out of the zone). His timing’s better. And he was already pretty much geared for the fastball.”

Netterville and his teammates, 36-17 overall, 18-9 and two games out of first behind Southern Miss, head into a three-game series today to complete the regular season against Charlotte, 34-18, 16-11 and the hottest team in the league, 11-1 in its last four conference series.

The CUSA Tournament begins next Wednesday in Hattiesburg, Miss. And Netterville likes his team’s chances, for reasons no one but those on the team would fully understand.

“I like us because of how much this team has gone though, dating back to the tornado (in April 2019 that destroyed Tech’s home field),” he said. “The newer guys on the team have heard about it. And this year we’ve got the same number of wins as last year (when Tech hosted a NCAA Regional), but it seems like none of them have been easy. We’ve been super resilient. We’ve been knocked down on the mat, and every time we’ve gotten up.”


Pilots recover, reach homefield championship game today at 11

MAKING THE PLAYS: After opening the Shreveport Bracket with a loss, LSUS has fought back to make today’s championship game.

JOURNAL STAFF

The bats woke up Wednesday, and LSUS rolled away from the brink of disaster to the edge of an NAIA World Series berth.

The Pilots scored 30 runs in two lopsided, do-or-cry wins in the Shreveport Bracket of the NAIA Opening Round baseball tournament, dispatching Lyon and dusting up Loyola.

Wins of 14-6 (Lyon) and 16-2 (previously-unbeaten Loyola) earned LSUS a one-game, winner-takes-off-to-Idaho contest against the Wolf Pack today at 11 at Pilots Field.

A berth in next week’s World Series in Lewiston, Idaho, is on the line today.

The Pilots (50-6) stumbled out of the batters’ box on the regional’s opening day, falling 7-4 Monday evening to Loyola (36-23), but blasted away Wednesday afternoon.

LSUS, the top seed in the bracket and ranked No. 4 nationally, will square off against a Loyola club that made all the right moves to shock their hosts Monday night.

The Pilots now have a three-game win streak after dropping two conference tournament games last week and the regional opener Monday night. LSUS scored a relatively pedestrian 17 runs in the skid, recording only six hits and four runs in the loss to Loyola.

Tuesday in the elimination round, the Pilots didn’t pound it around the park, notching only five hits, but they got timely, big hits, and didn’t chase bad pitches, drawing 11 walks. A five-run inning put them on the way to a 10-2 victory over the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, and into Wednesday’s action.

Despite the final margins, neither Wednesday win was a cakewalk until big innings late. LSUS rang up eight runs in the eighth inning to erase a Lyon lead and take command. Against Loyola, the Pilots were nursing a 3-1 edge when they exploded for 10 runs in the top of the seventh.

Fittingly, the first tally came from a player whose defensive brilliance had just preserved the lead. Rightfielder Carlos Pineyro ran down a two-out fly ball on the warning track in the right-center gap with the bases loaded to end the sixth inning, then a few minutes later with Pilots filling bases, was hit by a pitch to force in the first run. Julian Flores immediately blasted a grand slam and LSUS was in control, 8-1.

In Monday’s loss, LSUS made three errors. The Pilots are error-free since. While posting 40 runs, they’ve allowed only 10 in the three wins.

Those results appear to be a resounding signal that the boys are back.

Doubts, admitted coach Brad Neffendorf, were creeping around the Pilots. After a 47-3 regular season, following Monday’s upset, they were one loss away from a crushing collapse.

“We struggled in the conference tournament and in the first game this week,” he said. “Our hitting tailed off in that stretch, but we got back on track against USAO and it’s carried over. It’s the look and feel of what we’ve been this year.

“I’m not sure if it was confidence. Maybe they got to a point, I could be wrong, of questioning it a little bit. The morale after the USAO game has come back, and it’s carried over very well. Offensively we’ve put up some runs and we’ve pitched really well at times, made big pitches in big moments, and that was a big piece for us in the last two days. We’ve kept the game where it needed to be, and then our bats broke it open.

“We’re a team that has responded to challenges well this year, and obviously we have after that first game. We’ve got nine tough innings left (today),” he said.

Navigating them as they have all season will reward the Pilots with their second World Series appearance.

Photo courtesy LSUS Athletics


Notice of Death – May 18, 2022

Cherron Ann Frasier Landrum
September 27, 1947 – April 23, 2022
Services: Friday, June 17, 2022 at 4pm at Mission Point Baptist Church in Stonewall, LA.

Alfred C. Mosley
April 14, 1957 ~ May 17, 2022
Visitation: Saturday May 21, 2022 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Lake Bethlehem Baptist Church 2842 Martin Luther King Drive Shreveport
Services: Saturday May 21, 2022 9:00 AM Lake Bethlehem Baptist Church 2842 Martin Luther King Drive Shreveport

R. Justine Kearney
February 2, 1943 – May 15, 2022
Visitation: 11:30 a.m. until time of service
Services: Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 1815 Marshall St., Shreveport

Polan Wayne Hayes, Jr.
November 14, 1942 – May 17, 2022
Visitation: Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 1815 Marshall Street, Shreveport, Louisiana, Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
Services: graveside service to immediately follow at 12:00 p.m. in Forest Park West Cemetery, 4000 Meriweather Road, Shreveport

Antonio Alexander
June 2, 1968 ~ May 8, 2022
Services: Saturday May 21, 2022 10:00 AM Bright Star MB.C. 2415 Hearne Ave Shreveport

Linda Faye Watson
December 1, 1948 ~ May 11, 2022
Visitation: 11 to 6 p.m., Friday at Heavenly Gates
Services: 11 a.m., Saturday, May 21, 2022 in the Chapel of Heavenly Gates 1339 Jewell st Shreveport

Ruthie Herndon Anderson-Lewis
March 21, 1924 ~ May 15, 2022
Visitation: Friday May 20, 2022 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Mount Bethel #2 Baptist Church Keithville
Services: Saturday May 21, 2022 11:00 AM Mount Bethel #2 Baptist Church Keithville

Henry Turner
March 5, 1957 ~ May 12, 2022
Services: Saturday May 21, 2022 12:00 PM New Bethel MBC 3300 Greenwood Rd Shreveport

Velencia Thomas
February 22, 1932 ~ May 9, 2022
Visitation: Friday May 20, 2022 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Heavenly Gates 1339 Jewell st Shreveport
Services: Saturday May 21, 2022 1:00 PM Morning Star Baptist Church 5340 Jewella Avenue Shreveport

Earnestine Meaux
January 1, 1944 ~ May 15, 2022
Visitation: Thursday May 19, 2022 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Heavenly Gates 1339 Jewell st Shreveport
Services: 11 a.m., Friday, May 20, 2022 at Galilee B.C. 

Sharon Kay Lewis
November 12, 1943 – May 12, 2022
Visitation: Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home

Frances Delora Loe Hughes
June 14, 1930 – May 13, 2022
Visitation: 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Rose-Neath Southside Funeral Home
Services: Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home

Deborah Poland Locke
January 27, 1958 – May 15, 2022
Visitation: beginning at 10:00 a.m. 
Services: Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2500 Southside Dr., Shreveport

James Alvin Savell
October 21, 1948 – May 16, 2022
Visitation: Friday, May 20, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Services: Friday, May 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2500 Southside Dr., Shreveport

James Aurther Chandler
December 1, 1944 – May 15, 2022
Services: Friday, May 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Forest Park East Cemetery, 3700 St. Vincent Ave., Shreveport

Pearl Pauline Parmer
July 6, 1932 – May 12, 2022
Visitation: 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2022 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home
Services: 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2201 Airline Drive Bossier City,

Jimmie Bradford McCullough, Jr.
January 24, 1955 – May 10, 2022
Visitation: 10:00 a.m. until the time of service
Services: June 11, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the ­­­­­­­­Rose-Neath Funeral, 2500 Southside Dr., Shreveport, Louisiana

Vonilla Jean Buck Princehouse
June 30, 1925 – May 8, 2022
Visitation: 1:00 p.m. until service time, Thursday afternoon in the parlor of the church.
Services: 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 19, 2022, in the sanctuary of Broadmoor United Methodist Church


A country boy’s music can survive

Conway Twitty was regretfully low-growling to a woman about how she was standing on a bridge that just won’t burn.

Ronnie Milsap was having daydreams about night things in the middle of the afternoon, somebody with not much sense was making Crystal Gayle’s brown eyes blue, and Barbara Mandrell was singing about sleeping single in a double bed, a situation difficult for a boy like me to contemplate, especially if you’ve ever seen Barbara Mandrell in person, which I did several times in the 1980s.

Country musically, it was a simpler time, a time I thought was forgotten until last week’s effort about the mournful passing of the entertaining singer and keyboard wizard Mickey Gilley at 86 prompted grateful mail that I am still answering. I thought the last fan of the Urban Cowboy music era had been stored away in some dusty attic, like the unwanted steel guitar and dobro.

Wrong. There are apparently more out there like me who wonder what happened to “our” music and have a hard time listening to anything past 1985 billed as “country.” Oh, every now and then a Toby Keith has squeaked in an “I’m Just Talkin’ ’Bout Tonight.” Travis Tritt got “Bible Belt” and “10 Feet Tall And Bulletproof” past the guardians of what passes for today’s country.

And thank goodness the new-schoolers weren’t looking when Lee Ann Womack showed up singing about how she should be ashes by now and also that she was a little past Little Rock but a long way from over you, (something “you” should be ashamed of).

It’s like the Statler Brothers sang when they sensed the sands shifting those hard-to-believe 35ish years ago: “I’ll tell you friend/a mandolin/won’t get you on a TV show/…whoa no…”

But there was a magical time, a bit after the Glory Days of George Jones and Johnny Cash, Mighty Merle and Roger Miller and Tammy Whynot (oops; typo?), Loretta Lynn, Jeannie Seely and Marty Robbins, all the fastball pitchers of my pre-driving days. After them came Gilley and the Gang, Country Music’s last stand.

Gene Watson picked the wildwood flower. Rosanne Cash explained the way we make a broken heart, and Rodney Crowell said she was crazy for leaving, a No. 1 song written by the great Guy Clark.

The Judds had to explain to momma that he was crazy. Don Williams was livin’ on Tulsa time, Keith Whitley was no stranger to the rain, all George Strait’s exes lived in Texas, and Emmylou Harris, the female standard bearer in this bureau, said she’d walk all the way from Boulder to Birmingham if she just had two more bottles of wine, and thank you Delbert McClinton for writing that.

Alabama. Wow. Nothing quite like old Alabama and old flames and Dixieland delights. The pre-Elvira Oak Ridge Boys in the Y’all Come Back Saloon. Janie Frickie was down to her last broken heart, and Con Hunley (“You Lay A Whole Lotta Love On Me”), Earl Thomas Conley (“Heavenly Bodies”) and John Conlee (“I Don’t Remember Lovin’ You”) had sound-alike names but sound-different-but-top-shelf hits.

The Bellamy Brothers. The dynamic Ricky Skaggs, who begged his girl not to cheat in their hometown or he’d tell Uncle Pen. Juice Newton, the queen of hearts. Vern Gosdin, who just wanted Joe to set ’em up and play “Walkin’ The Floor.” Not too much to ask, right?

Kenny gambling and Dolly warning me that it was going to be a hard candy Christmas unless I worked 9 to 5, and together they were islands in the stream.

Marshall Tucker. Charlie Daniels. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and “An American Dream.” And Sir Edward Rabbitt, who loved him on a rainy night and some rocky mountain music.

Two heavyweights were 1) Willie and the geographically challenging, ever-moving whiskey river, and 2) Waylon warning mommas not to let their babies grow up to be cowboys.

But if they did, well, that was OK too. Because Hank “Bocephus” Jr. said country folk and cowboy folk can survive … back when they were playing our song.

I’ll go punch up the next five tunes. . .Anybody got a quarter? A solid? Anyone?

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu


Pilots rebound for win, play today at 11 in NAIA’s Shreveport Bracket

BACK ON TRACK: LSUS halted a three-game losing skid Tuesday night with error-free defense and a two-run home run by third baseman Julian Flores as part of the winning formula in an elimination-round victory in the Shreveport Bracket of the NAIA Opening Round tournament.

JOURNAL SPORTS

A five-run third inning put LSUS in control, then good pitching and improved defense kept the Pilots there Tuesday night in a 10-2 win over Science and Arts of Oklahoma to cap the second day of the Shreveport Bracket in the NAIA Opening Round baseball tournament at Pilots Field.

LSUS drew 11 walks and benefitted by five errors from Science and Arts (36-15). Kevin Miranda improved to 12-1 on the mound for the Pilots while fanning five in his five innings of work.

The Pilots used a bases-loaded balk, a sacrifice fly by Allbrey Major and a run-scoring error to get untracked in the third inning, and capped their outburst with a two-run homer by Julian Flores.

LSUS (48-6) halted a three-game losing skid that included a stunning 7-4 loss Monday night to Loyola of New Orleans in the Pilots’ first tournament game. The Pilots were error-free against the Drovers Tuesday after making three errors in Monday’s defeat.

Today at 11 a.m., LSUS resumes its effort to battle out of the elimination round and back into contention for an NAIA World Series berth next week, meeting Lyon.

Lyon was a first-day winner but fell 9-5 Tuesday afternoon to Loyola.

Science and Arts survived its first challenge Tuesday with a 13-2 triumph that sent Fisher home.

Photo courtesy LSUS Athletics


No surprise: Tigers pounce on Demons’ pitching

BIG FLY: Cam Sibley connected on a three-run home run for Northwestern State, drawing the Demons within 8-6 early in Tuesday’s loss at LSU.

JOURNAL SPORTS

BATON ROUGE – Tuesday night, LSU did a lot of what the Tigers have done at a record pace this spring, and tied an NCAA single-game record while rolling over visiting Northwestern State 19-7 at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

LSU vaulted to the brink of a school single-season record for batters hit by pitches as six second-tier Demon pitchers plunked 10 Tigers – in just six innings at the plate for LSU.

LSU (34-18), ranked as highly as No. 20 in three national polls, was on top throughout while ending a two-game win streak in the series by Northwestern (25-27). The Tigers scored in every inning, with a five-run second opening an early 8-1 advantage, and seven runs in the bottom of the sixth putting it out of reach and producing a seven-inning run-rule decision.

The Demons used a couple of home runs to force their way back into the game. After LSU lit up the scoreboard in the bottom of the second, Northwestern answered with a five-spot of its own in the next half-inning to tighten it to 8-6.

LSU notched a run in the bottom of the third, two in the fourth and one more in the fifth before pounding away in the sixth with a grand slam by Hayden Travinski and the second solo home run of the game from Brayden Jobert.

Unsurprisingly, Jeffrey Elkins was in the middle of the Demons’ early surge as the Lafayette junior continued to produce at a strong clip against the Tigers.

Elkins’ two-run home run off Bryce Collins in the third inning gave him home runs in consecutive games against LSU. In his Demon career facing the TIgers, Elkins is 5-for-11 with a double, two home runs and six RBIs – driving in a pair of runs in all three games he has played against LSU.

Elkins’ shot to left-center drove Collins from the game, and the Demons quickly went to work on reliever Samuel Dutton. After Bo Willis flew out to the center-field warning track, Gray Rowlett and Larson Fontenot singled off Dutton. Two batters later, Cam Sibley, a product of nearby Dutchtown High School, drilled a three-run home run to right field to pull the Demons within two.

NSU pitchers’ struggles began immediately, as starter Dawson Flowers (0-3) hit the first three Tigers at the plate, getting LSU on the way to equaling the NCAA single-game record. The Demons also issued eight walks. Combined with 11 LSU hits, it led to a season high in runs allowed by Northwestern and was the second-biggest run total this season by LSU.

The Demons open Southland Conference Tournament play Thursday against No. 4 seed Nicholls. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at McNeese’s Joe Miller Ballpark in Lake Charles.

LSU heads to Nashville for a three-game Southeastern Conference series at Vanderbilt.

Photo by CHRIS REICH, Northwestern State


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Notice of Death – May 18, 2022

Cherron Ann Frasier Landrum
September 27, 1947 – April 23, 2022
Services: Friday, June 17, 2022 at 4pm at Mission Point Baptist Church in Stonewall, LA.

Polan Wayne Hayes, Jr.
November 14, 1942 – May 17, 2022
Visitation: Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 1815 Marshall Street, Shreveport, Louisiana, Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
Services: graveside service to immediately follow at 12:00 p.m. in Forest Park West Cemetery, 4000 Meriweather Road, Shreveport

Antonio Alexander
June 2, 1968 ~ May 8, 2022
Services: Saturday May 21, 2022 10:00 AM Bright Star MB.C. 2415 Hearne Ave Shreveport

Linda Faye Watson
December 1, 1948 ~ May 11, 2022
Visitation: 11 to 6 p.m., Friday at Heavenly Gates
Services: 11 a.m., Saturday, May 21, 2022 in the Chapel of Heavenly Gates 1339 Jewell st Shreveport

Ruthie Herndon Anderson-Lewis
March 21, 1924 ~ May 15, 2022
Visitation: Friday May 20, 2022 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Mount Bethel #2 Baptist Church Keithville
Services: Saturday May 21, 2022 11:00 AM Mount Bethel #2 Baptist Church Keithville

Henry Turner
March 5, 1957 ~ May 12, 2022
Services: Saturday May 21, 2022 12:00 PM New Bethel MBC 3300 Greenwood Rd Shreveport

Velencia Thomas
February 22, 1932 ~ May 9, 2022
Visitation: Friday May 20, 2022 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Heavenly Gates 1339 Jewell st Shreveport
Services: Saturday May 21, 2022 1:00 PM Morning Star Baptist Church 5340 Jewella Avenue Shreveport

Earnestine Meaux
January 1, 1944 ~ May 15, 2022
Visitation: Thursday May 19, 2022 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Heavenly Gates 1339 Jewell st Shreveport
Services: 11 a.m., Friday, May 20, 2022 at Galilee B.C. 

Sharon Kay Lewis
November 12, 1943 – May 12, 2022
Visitation: Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home

Frances Delora Loe Hughes
June 14, 1930 – May 13, 2022
Visitation: 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Rose-Neath Southside Funeral Home
Services: Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home

Deborah Poland Locke
January 27, 1958 – May 15, 2022
Visitation: beginning at 10:00 a.m. 
Services: Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2500 Southside Dr., Shreveport

James Alvin Savell
October 21, 1948 – May 16, 2022
Visitation: Friday, May 20, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Services: Friday, May 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2500 Southside Dr., Shreveport

James Aurther Chandler
December 1, 1944 – May 15, 2022
Services: Friday, May 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Forest Park East Cemetery, 3700 St. Vincent Ave., Shreveport

Pearl Pauline Parmer
July 6, 1932 – May 12, 2022
Visitation: 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2022 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home
Services: 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2201 Airline Drive Bossier City,

Jimmie Bradford McCullough, Jr.
January 24, 1955 – May 10, 2022
Visitation: 10:00 a.m. until the time of service
Services: June 11, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the ­­­­­­­­Rose-Neath Funeral, 2500 Southside Dr., Shreveport, Louisiana

Vonilla Jean Buck Princehouse
June 30, 1925 – May 8, 2022
Visitation: 1:00 p.m. until service time, Thursday afternoon in the parlor of the church.
Services: 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 19, 2022, in the sanctuary of Broadmoor United Methodist Church


SPOTLIGHT: Surging Diamond Gents Georgia-bound for NCAA D3 postseason

DUAL THREAT: Centenary senior Preston Ludwick has more than 200 hits, 150 RBI and 150 strikeouts on the mound.

By JOHN JAMES MARSHALL, Journal Sports

You’ll get a headache if you try to figure out the NCAA Division III baseball tournament bracket and, to be honest, Centenary coach Mike Diaz isn’t exactly sure himself. “And I’m on the regional committee,” he said.

But he knows all he needs to know, at least for right now.

The Gents (27-16) are headed to LaGrange (Ga.) College to take on the Panthers (37-6) in a best-of-five series beginning Friday.

Best of five?

Well, there are 60 teams in the DIII bracket and Centenary is one of them. There are 14 four-team regionals and Centenary is NOT in one of those. So in the other two “regionals,” a best-of-five series is being played.

How’s that headache right about now?

“It’s odd,” Diaz said rather sheepishly. “I think a lot of coaches are shaking their heads at it. A lot of people are asking why don’t they just take four more at-large teams and do what everybody else does.”

But no matter what the format, the Gents will have to deal with a formidable opponent in LaGrange, which won its fifth straight USA South Conference tournament and is ranked No. 4 in the country.

However, the Panthers will be having to deal with the tragedy of losing two freshmen pitchers who were killed in a west Georgia car accident Saturday, just hours after the conference championship.

The unusual format will have a single game on Friday, two games on Saturday and, if necessary, two games on Sunday.

“I think at any level a five-game series is tough in three days,” Diaz said. “I’d rather see it over four days so you could cycle back some arms.”

The pitching formula for the Gents shouldn’t be too tough the figure out. Freshman left-hander Tyler Herrera has been the Friday starter for most of the year and is 7-0 with a 1.34 ERA, which ranks No. 9 in the country. Herrera was named as both the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year.

Junior Parker Primeaux would be a likely starter on Saturday, but he’s been used as a starter and a reliever. “The kid has a rubber arm,” Diaz said. “We have closed with him on Friday night and started him on Saturday. We’ve utilized him in a lot of different ways.”

Primeaux is 9-5 with a 3.72 ERA and has two complete games to go with three saves. He leads the team in innings (75.1) and strikeouts (75).

Senior Preston Ludwick, who also plays first base, would likely be the other starter. Last year he was SCAC Pitcher of the Year and leads the conference in hitting this season. In his career, he has more than 200 hits, 150 RBI and 150 strikeouts on the mound.

After Centenary stunned nationally-ranked Trinity to win the conference title, momentum would seem to be on the side of the Gents. But Diaz downplays that it might be much of a factor.

“I think we are 21-8 in the last 29. Is it momentum?” Diaz said. “I don’t know. I just think it’s because we are playing well. I think momentum is a little overrated. You have to be fundamentally sound. You have to have some clutch guys in the postseason, some guys who aren’t afraid of the moment. That’s more important than momentum.”

For the Gents, success has boiled down to a simple formula.

“The key for us is to play good defense and get a solid pitching performance,” Diaz said. “If we do that, I like our chances against anybody. That’s been the formula for us. Most of the games we have lost, we have played bad defense. Two errors turn into four or five errors. If our starters get us into the fifth or sixth inning, our record is really good. That’s probably a cliché, but it really is true.”

Centenary had 10 players make the All-SCAC team. The Gents are one of the top offensive teams in the country. “Other than Ludwig, who has been our most consistent guy at the plate, sometimes it’s the top of the lineup and sometimes it’s the bottom,” Diaz said. “But honestly, it’s been the entire team.”

The Gents have won 11 of their last 13 games and are in the tournament for the first time since 2017. LaGrange is a regular tournament participant.

“They are going to be really good,” Diaz said. “I know we’ve got good pitching and three arms that we really, really like and we can swing it too. We will see, I guess.”

Photo courtesy of Red River Athletic Conference


Grassroots hoops and Shreveport-Bossier should be the perfect couple

Before Bossier High’s rise and the Bearkats’ return to greatness, or Mikaylah Williams being justifiably heralded as the No. 1 girls’ prep player in the nation, Shreveport-Bossier was one of the pinnacles for high school hoops in the South.

Back in the days of the CNB Times Classic, teams from all over the state, and various parts of the country, came here to play. The competition here was some of the best anywhere. But hey, the high school historians in the area can tell you that.

The same thing should be said about grassroots or AAU or summer travel basketball. Whatever you call it, Shreveport-Bossier should be a hotbed for it.

There has been only one thing stopping Shreveport-Bossier from being a hub for grassroots hoops, however— a facility worthy of holding these contests.

Well, that was a problem. Last week’s report in The Journal about the renovation project to convert Expo Hall into a multi-sport, public facility is the game changer that Shreveport has needed for grassroots.

This indoor sports facility will bring teams, competition, and tourism dollars to the area. You want the high school basketball players to get better in the area and gain more exposure? Hosting regional and national grassroots tournaments for them to participate in has now become a tangible goal.

Those who believe the concept is far-fetched obviously do not know or have yet to see what Shreveport-Bossier can offer the grassroots basketball community. It’s not hard to see. Just open your eyes.

We have Interstate 20 which is one of the main interstate exchanges in America. Shreveport Regional Airport is highly serviceable and numerous teams can fly in from different areas. We actually have teen-friendly entertainment venues, if people are worried about something for the kids to do when they’re not on the court.

Mix all of these assets with the high number of quality basketball players and teams in the Ark-La-Tex, add the short distance that teams from Oklahoma and Mississippi would have to travel, and Shreveport-Bossier has the makings of one of the best places to play grassroots basketball, period.

I know, I know. We will always have pushback from the “too much crime” crowd. However, we find a way to host baseball and softball tournaments all summer, the largest slow-pitch softball event in the south, and even the nationally-televised Independence Bowl. So, you’d have to come up with a bigger argument than that.

In reality, I am aware that we will continue to send our teams and our money to Fort Worth, Dallas, Ruston, and other places. The athletes in the area need to be exposed to other areas and have other life experiences. However, there is no place like home! Getting to compete with other high profile basketball players from around the country, at home, would be a major plus for our local athletes.

Now, let’s welcome influential entities like Prep Hoops, the Under Armour circuit, Adidas, and even Nike to northwest Louisiana.

The recently restructured Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission should be making plans to gain the ear of these grassroots entities with target dates in tow. Once the renovated Expo Hall opens, the benefits to the athletes and the area will be boundless.

Grassroots basketball and Shreveport-Bossier are a couple made in hoops and economic heaven. Now we just need to see if it can be a marriage that can last a lifetime.

After $4.5 million renovation, Expo Hall will be indoor sports venue


Pilots stunned in NAIA opening round, play tonight at 6

JOURNAL SPORTS

A team that had lost only three times all season has now lost three straight games.

LSUS was stunned at home Monday night, 7-4 by Loyola (New Orleans) in the opening round of the Shreveport Bracket of the NAIA Baseball National Championship. A couple of unearned runs for the Wolf Pack helped the rally for the upset as the visitors did all their scoring in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.

The fourth-ranked Pilots (47-6) dropped into the elimination side of the bracket and play a do-or-die contest at 6 this evening against either Fisher or Science and Arts (Okla.), the other Monday losers. LSUS dropped its only two games last week in the conference tournament, but was assured of a high seed in the NAIA playoffs. Now, the Pilots are playing for their postseason lives.

Loyola improves to 35-22 with the win, and will play Lyon College at 2:30 today. Loyola outhit LSUS 7-6 and made just one error.

The Pilots jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the second when Ryan Major led off with a single and scored on an error. Trevor Burkhart’s base hit brought home Allbry Major, whose grounder was misplayed to allow the first run.

In the fifth inning, the Pilots added another run on a Ryan Major single.

The Wolf Pack got on the board in the sixth on a two-run double by Luke Clement that cut the Pilot lead to 3-2. LSUS got one of those runs back in the bottom half of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Allbry Major.

But Loyola took advantage of two walks, two errors and a wild pitch in the seventh to tie it at 4-4, and missed a chance by leaving the bases loaded when Clement was struck out by Alex Gonzales.

The Wolf Pack moved on top in a three-run eighth. Cameron Trosclair doubled in a run and scored the final one when he stole home, sandwiched around an error that allowed Loyola’s second tally.


Monday’s Sports Scoreboard

College Baseball

NAIA National Tournament (at LSUS)

Loyola (La.) 13, Fisher (Mass.) 2
Lyon (Ark.) 10, Science and Arts (Okla.) 4
Loyola 7, LSUS 4

College Softball

Region XIV Tournament (at San Jacinto)

Paris 5, BPCC 2


TODAY’S SCHEDULE: LSUS hosts baseball tournament

Tuesday

College Baseball

Northwestern State at LSU, 6:30 p.m.

NAIA National Tournament

Game 4, Fisher vs. Science and Arts (Okla.), 11 a.m.
Game 5, Lyon vs. Loyola, 2:30 p.m.
Game 6, LSUS vs. Game 4 winner, 6 p.m.

Wednesday

College Baseball

NAIA National Tournament

Game 7 – Game loser 5 vs. Game 6 winner, 11 a.m.
Game 8 – Game 5 winner vs. Game 7 winner, 2:30 p.m.

Note: The above schedule is subject to cancellations or reschedule


Notice of Death – May 15, 2022

Cherron Ann Frasier Landrum
September 27, 1947 – April 23, 2022
Services: Friday, June 17, 2022 at 4pm at Mission Point Baptist Church in Stonewall, LA.

Frances Delora Loe Hughes
June 14, 1930 – May 13, 2022
Visitation: 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Rose-Neath Southside Funeral Home
Services: Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home

Deborah Poland Locke
January 27, 1958 – May 15, 2022
Visitation: beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Services: Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2500 Southside Dr., Shreveport

James Aurther Chandler
December 1, 1944 – May 15, 2022
Services: Friday, May 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Forest Park East Cemetery, 3700 St. Vincent Ave., Shreveport

Jimmie Bradford McCullough, Jr.
January 24, 1955 – May 10, 2022
Visitation: 10:00 a.m. until the time of service
Services: June 11, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the ­­­­­­­­Rose-Neath Funeral, 2500 Southside Dr., Shreveport, Louisiana

Vonilla Jean Buck Princehouse
June 30, 1925 – May 8, 2022
Visitation: 1:00 p.m. until service time, Thursday afternoon in the parlor of the church.
Services: 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 19, 2022, in the sanctuary of Broadmoor United Methodist Church

 


SPOTLIGHT: Calvary’s state championship was hardly routine

POISED TO DELIVER: Junior catcher Cade Bedgood went 2-for-5 Saturday, driving in a run as Calvary Baptist captured another state baseball championship,

By JOHN JAMES MARSHALL, Journal Sports

Watch enough high school baseball and you’ll quickly come to the realization that there is no such thing as a routine ground ball. It doesn’t matter if it is the third inning of the pre-season jamboree or the bottom of the seventh inning of the championship game. Too many things can happen, either physically or mentally.

So when Ouachita Christian had the winning run on third base in Saturday’s Division IV state championship game against Calvary and a routine ball was hit to second base, the Cavaliers’ Logan Fontenot had to make the play.

Couldn’t let it go between his legs. Couldn’t fumble it. Couldn’t short-arm the throw to first base. And this is a teenager we are talking about. These aren’t automatic plays even in the major leagues: Google “Chuck Knoblauch” or “Steve Sax” to find out why.

Calvary coach Jason Legg had plenty of things to worry about at that point, but his infield defense wasn’t one of them. “I’m telling you there were four guys there (in the infield) who wanted the ball hit to them,” he said.

Even though things had started going sideways for the Cavaliers in the previous 10 minutes — the Cavs had been one out away from hoisting the trophy before Eagles scored three runs to tie it in the bottom of the seventh, and had the bases loaded — Fontenot didn’t even blink.

He made a routine play look just that – routine. And because of that, Calvary would go on to win their fifth state title an extra-inning later with a 12-4 margin Saturday in Hammond on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana.

Think of all the things that could have happened to the Cavs in that situation without the ball even being hit. A curveball grazes the jersey of a batter. A balk. A wild pitch or a passed ball. Ball Four.

The state championship was on the line. Somebody had to make a play. And Fontenot did.

If he didn’t, what transpired next would have never happened. After the groundout, the Cavs got back in the dugout and realized the most important thing – they were still playing.

“When I went out to coach third in the top of the eighth, I told their coaches, ‘This is how a state championship game should be,’” Legg said.

Not for long.

The Cavs rattled off twice as many runs in the top of the eighth as they had in the previous seven innings combined. And guess who knocked in the go-ahead run in the eight-run inning? Of course it was Fontenot.

Guess who was in the middle of a game-ending, championship-winning double play to make it official? Fontenot.

Commence dogpile.

“I stood back and watched the previous two dogpiles (in the quarterfinals and the semifinals),” Legg said. “I was fine with them (the players) doing it, but there’s only one that matters. So I made sure I got in this one. That’s probably the most air I’ve gotten since high school.”

There was another play that happened that, like Fontenot’s, may seem routine but is one of those little things that win games.

With the score tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh and a runner on second, a single to left-center field would have scored a lot of runs in most high school games. But with the championship on the line, Calvary centerfielder Aubrey Hermes got to the ball quickly, forcing OCS to put the stop sign out for the runner heading into third with the difference-maker.

“He did a great job of getting to that ball and getting it back to the infield,” Legg said of Hermes’ play. “But if he doesn’t get to it that fast or it eats him up with a bad hop, who knows? I was a little surprised that they held him, but I think he would have been a dead duck.”

Maybe. But when runner, catcher and baseball all meet at home plate, nothing is for certain.

What is for certain is that those little plays – Hermes in the outfield and Fontenot in the infield – prove that sometimes, championship plays are the routine ones.

And the Calvary Cavaliers made them.

Photo by ERIC LYDDY


Mangum Family sets gold standard for giving amid heartache

June 1, 2021 could have signaled the end of Lane Mangum’s legacy. It also could have been the date that induced the destruction of his family.

Nearly one year ago, weeks after completing his sophomore year at Calvary Baptist Academy, 15-year-old Lane Mangum died when his boat capsized near the Lake Bistineau Spillway. The former football and baseball star left behind a mountain of fans, including mother, Jackie, father, Chris, stepmother, Joanna and four siblings.

In the wake of Lane’s death, the Mangum family, robbed of so much, had a mission to keep their late son’s memory alive through giving when no one would blame them for taking.

If the past seven days – likely the most emotional since the immediate aftermath of his passing — are an indication, Lane’s legacy is thriving.

A week ago, a brave Joanna Mangum made an announcement that would change the lives of two aspiring college students.

Even after Lane’s death, the Mangums have been inundated with emails (meant for Lane) from what would be prospective colleges.

“We could allow this to make us angry because Lane never got his chance,” Joanna said.

Instead, they positively harnessed the energy and produce the Lane Mangum Memorial Scholarship, created to honor one male and one female Calvary senior athlete, who “displayed excellence in athletics, exemplary standards in scholarship and citizenship.”

Lane is going to get that chance after all.

“With this scholarship, Lane will go to college — year after year in the heart of each recipient,” Joanna said. “In that we can find peace.”

The inaugural recipients were Sawyer Fowler (baseball) and Raelee Johnson (soccer).

“Raelee Johnson is not going to be in the headlines for the game-winning goal,” Calvary superintendent Chad McDowell said. “Sawyer Fowler is a very good baseball player, but you’re just not going to see his name in the limelight. They may have been in the background, but they did what they were supposed to do. Those two names, it gave me extra chills.”

As if the honor of being able to help Lane “get to college” isn’t enough, consider the scholarships totaled $10,000.

In Chris Mangum’s mind, the family was simply paying generosity forward. When they looked for a place for Lane’s funeral, Calvary stepped up. When it came time to pay for funeral expenses, the Mangums couldn’t do it — because others had called ahead and taken care of them.

“We created a fund to help do a memorial by the new locker room at the football field,” Chris told the Journal. “When we realized how much we were raising, we decided to give half away.

“We feel honored to do it.”

Three days after the scholarship announcement, Chris threw out the first pitch at Calvary’s state semifinal baseball game last Thursday. The ball was delivered via a skydiver.

“That’s the mentality of the Calvary people,” Chris said. “They sent that ball down from Lane. They’ve been so good to us.”

Saturday, the Cavaliers capped an emotional season with a state championship. The title game went to extra innings. In the eighth inning, Calvary scored eight runs and 16 hits. A total of 16 runs were scored in the game the Cavaliers won by eight (12-4).

Lane Mangum’s football jersey number? 8

Lane Mangum’s baseball jersey number? 16.

Coincidence? Perhaps. But without question, the numerology is an incredibly fitting way to end a trying year labeled by a “Play 4 Lane” mantra on and off the diamond.

Mangum’s baseball jersey is set to be retired, but that’s probably going to have to wait another year. This season, the number was worn by Cade Bedgood – not just Lane’s best friend, but the only other person in the boat that harrowing day.

This season, Bedgood wore custom catcher’s gear and custom cleats.

Custom-made for Lane Mangum.

“Lane never put the gear on,” Chris said. “Cade came and got it from my house the day of the first game of this season. If you look under the throat, you can see the name ‘Mangum’ sewn on.”

The Mangums technically don’t have another child at Calvary, but their family has expanded thanks to an “all or nothing” teenager who will never be forgotten.

“If we can give away four scholarships next year, we will,” Chris said.

Said McDowell: “Their spirit of gratitude having lost so much, yet being so thankful, is inspiring.”