Baseball takes down Melissa


Nicholas Perez

Junior second baseman no. 8 Aaron Marshall gets ready to field the ball. Marshall is a dual sport athlete, playing football.

On Friday night, the Leopard baseball team took on the Melissa Cardinals in the team’s second district game of the year. The team won with a final score of 8-1, giving them a 2-0 district record to start the season. 

“The game on Friday was good, we started out slow but coming in the 4th or 5th inning we came out strong and scored 8 runs by the end of the game,” senior outfielder Reid Jacob said. “I think we should expect a great season. Our team is very talented and I think we have a chance to make a run for state.”

The Leopards are currently 2-0 in district play, both wins against Melissa. The team won a tight 2-1 win on Tuesday then an 8-1 win on Friday night. 

“It’s always good to beat a district rival. I think it’s safe to say that we will most likely win our district,” senior catcher Travis Gant said. “The best part of the game on Friday was Brett Landman striking out 15 of 18 batters he faced.”

On the mound for the Leopards was Abilene Christian University commit senior Brett Landman. Landman pitched six innings, which consisted of 15 strikeouts, he allowed zero runs during his time on the mound. 

Friday was an awesome game for us. Brett Lanman set the tone by striking out the first 10 batters of the game. He finished the game with 15 strikeouts in 6 innings,” head coach Ryan Gros said. “Our offense hit the ball hard and applied pressure which forced mistakes on their part and ultimately allowed us to run away with the game.”

Junior Grant Harlan finished the last inning striking out 2 batters and only letting up 1 run to help seal the win for the Leopards. 

“The best part of the game was beating Melissa and having fun with the guys,” Jacob said. “I am really looking forward to the playoffs so we can make a run for state.”

The team is currently undefeated in district and looks to continue that record with a 2 game series against Greenville. Their current overall record is 12-4-1. 

“We dominated on offense and defense. You can expect a district championship and a deep run in the playoffs this season.” Senior Aiden Smith said. 

The Leopards are very senior heavy this season with a total of 19 on the roster. 

Our guys are playing really well and having a lot of fun. Aidan Smith is having an incredible season leading our offense and we have paired that with great pitching and defense which is a recipe for success,” Gros said. “We have a lot of seniors who have created a family atmosphere, so they have a lot of fun in the dugout, on the bus, and in the locker room. It will be a memorable season for these guys.”