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BY MIKE PHILLIPS / Corsicana Sun    -- Talk about a grand finish to a long day. How about a Grand-off?  Or maybe a Slam-off? Kyle Landers jumped on the first pitch he saw from North Central's Derek Potts, belting a walk-off grand slam that lifted Navarro to a 10-6 non-conference win Monday afternoon at Graham Field, where the Bulldogs leaped for joy along with Landers, who hit the only pitch he saw all day. But there he was pinch-hitting in the bottom of the ninth, going deep for the first time this season.  He drove in four runs and now has 10 RBI for the season. But that's baseball and it's not what you do as much as when you do it, and Landers stepped up and was the man for a Bulldog team that seems to find new heroes every time they take the diamond. The victory goes in the non-conference books, but it felt as sweet as any win this season.  The 'Dawgs are hot right now and after starting on a bumpy road of ups and downs.  They have now won eight of their last 10, including a 7-2 record in the Region XIV race, where they are tied for first...

By MIKE MONTFORT     --- BOSSIER, La. -- Navarro baseball battled to gain a doubleheader split Saturday with Bossier Parish, but the Bulldogs won the best-of-three series and remained firmly entrenched in a first-place tie with Northeast Texas in the Region XIV East Zone race. Coach Matt Podjenski's Bulldogs improved to 15-13 overall and 7-2 in East Zone play with a late second-game rush for an 11-1 win on the heels of a stunning 11-7 first-game loss. [caption id="attachment_912399" align="alignleft" width="395"] Matt Wood swings away.                     Keith Speer photo[/caption] In the nightcap victory, Navarro broke open a 4-1 game with two eighth-inning runs and five more in the top of the ninth.  In the seven-inning Game 1, BPCC stormed back from a 5-0 third-inning deficit and shocked the Bulldogs with a seven-run fifth inning that secured the Cavaliers' first East Zone win. The overriding story of Navarro's 2-1 series win was the offensive heroics of sophomore rightfielder Josh Ragan.  In three games, Ragan went 7-for-12 (.583) in 14 plate appearances against Cavalier pitching.  Unsolveable for the weekend, the Irving Nimitz product walked twice, hit two singles, two doubles, three home runs, drove in six...

Coach Matt Podjenski's Navarro baseball team took two of three games in their Region XIV East conference-opening series against the Angelina Roadrunners. The Bulldogs stayed close and scored late in Friday's game at Lufkin and also in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader in Corsicana.  Navarro won Friday 10-4 and secured a 5-1 first-game victory Saturday at Perry D. Graham Field. Angelina salvaged the doubleheader nightcap, 7-3. Lefthander Paul Dickens (3-2) used 94 pitches to throw a complete-game four-hitter with 10 strikeouts in Saturday's opening-game win.  The Bulldogs broke a 1-1 tie with four fifth-inning runs, punctuated by leftfielder Mason Holt's two-run single and right fielder Josh Ragan's run-scoring double. Dickens was touched for a first-inning run when Angelina got two of its four singles.  With one out, shortstop Hayden Baker and right fielder Alec Paz singled.  Designated hitter Sean Bergeron's 6-4 fielder's choice grounder enabled Baker to score the run. Dickens allowed only two singles by third baseman Dylan Murphy the rest of the way -- one in the fourth and the other in the seventh.  Coincidentally, Dickens worked around each hit and struck out the sides in both of those innings. GAME 1/2 SCORE BY INNINGS Angelina   100  000 0  -- 1-4-1 Navarro   000  041 ...

WEST -- The Navarro Bulldogs baseball team will face the Temple Leopards in a noon, non-conference game Monday at West High School. Coaches agreed Sunday to move the nine-inning game to a neutral site.  Monday's game will the last before the Bulldogs' Region XIV East Zone conference-opening series with Angelina that begins Thursday at Lufkin. Coach Matt Podjenski's Bulldogs (8-8) are coming off a four-game split with the New Mexico Junior College Thunderbirds at Hobbs, N.M.  Navarro and NMJC divided doubleheaders played Friday and Saturday at Ray Birmingham Thunderbird Field. On Friday, NC got off to a great start with an eight-inning, 11-10 win as Beau Orlando scored the winning run when second baseman Matt Wood drew a two-out, full-count, bases-loaded walk.  The Bulldogs used home runs by Scott Hastings, Mason Holt and Noah Menchaca to jump out to an 8-2 lead, but NC fell behind 10-8 after 5 innings.  Navarro scrambled back for the win by scoring single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. Asher Cook picked up the save in Game 1. NMJC used home runs by DH Ryan Rijo, first baseman Soterio 'Junior' Ramirez and rightfielder Avery Tuck to overpower the Bulldogs 14-5 in a five-inning Game 2 Friday.  The...

By MIKE MONTFORT Navarro scored twice in the second and third innings and then rode solid pitching to a 4-3 non-conference win over the McLennan Highlanders here Friday at Graham Field. Coach Matt Podjenski's Bulldogs (5-6) snapped a five-game losing streak and won the finale of a three-game set.  Southpaw sophomore starter Paul Dickens claimed his first pitching victory over 2018 as he worked five innings, yielded six hits and struck out seven Highlanders.  Sophomore Asher Cook picked up his third save of the young season. [caption id="attachment_912255" align="alignright" width="435"] Kalen Hammer (7) scores for NC. (Keith Speer photo)[/caption] Third baseman Noah Menchaca doubled home Navarro's two second-inning runs off righthanded starter Levi David.  Menchaca drove a 3-1 pitch to right-center field that scored Beau Orlando an Tim Bechtold with the game's first runs.  Orlando was hit by a pitch and Bechtold reached on a single. Dickens evaded a serious third-inning threat by striking out leftfielder Chase Sortor and catcher Jackson Nichols with the bases loaded. After shortstop George Callil struck out to open the inning, leadoff-hitting centerfielder Dylan Neuse slugged an 0-2 pitch for his second home run of the series and sliced Navarro's lead in half. The Highlanders' 2-3-4 hitters -- third baseman...