Indians, Maidens host annual Keno Fitzgerald Memorial tourney

Mar. 1—FRANKSTON- Even with a chill still lingering in the East Texas air, baseball and softball season is back in Frankston.

The Indians and Maidens welcomed early tournament action to Frankston High School this week, hosting seven softball and seven baseball teams from around the area for the Keno Fitzgerald Memorial tournaments.

The Maidens played all three of their pool play games on Thursday, with games against Arp, Wortham and Fruitvale, going 2-1 in pool play with their lone loss coming at the hands of the Arp Lady Tigers, 15-10. The Maidens collected wins over the Wortham Lady Bulldogs, 8-1, and Fruitvale Lady Eagles 5-4. Frankston will now be seeded in the second slot of the "A" group, and will take on the third place team of the "B" group, which at time of writing is still to be determined, in the single elimination championship tournament, which will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 2, and will conclude with the championship game at 6 p.m.

The Indians punched their tickets to the championship game early, winning all three of their pool play games to advance to Saturday's championship.

Frankston earned its first win of the tournament Thursday in crushing fashion, finishing off the Cushing Bearkats 10-0. The Indians, playing in back-to-back games, then went on to outlast the Mildred Bulldogs 4-1, before finishing off pool play Friday morning with another blowout win, drumming TK Gorman 16-4.

The baseball tournament will not end with bracket style play, but rather by seeding each team one through four in their respective groups, named "A" and "B." The matching seeds for each group will then play in a final, with the Indians playing in the championship against an opponent, which at time of writing, has yet to be determined. First pitch for the championship game is set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Maidens have had a strong start to their year, posting an 8-7 overall record at the midpoint of the season, and own a plus 29 scoring differential across their first 15 games. They will see their first district matchup off the season next week, splitting a home-and-home week with the Kerens Lady Bobcats. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. for both games, with the Maidens hosting the Tuesday March 5 game, before traveling Friday, March 8 to Kerens.

The Indians, 7-2 overall, sporting a plus 43 run differential across their first nine contests, still have time to wait before district play, and will finish their non-district schedule this week by taking on the Rusk Eagles Tuesday, March 5, before traveling to Cushing next weekend to participate in the Cushing-Douglass baseball tournament.