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East-Zone leading Navarro completed a doubleheader sweep Thursday from the Bossier Parish Cavaliers by scores of 12-1 and 6-4. Coach Matt Podjenski's Bulldogs (14-10/7-1) claimed their third zone series sweep, with only a single nine-inning game against the Cavaliers scheduled for the weekend. GAME 1: Navarro 12, BPCC 1 (6 Innings, Run-Rule) Navarro belted three home runs among eight extra-base hits, and sealed the run-ruled win with a two-out, seven-run rally in the fifth. The Bulldogs took a 3-1 lead in the third as Cash Rugely slugged a two-run home run to left with Riley Lambert aboard. NC struck for seven, two-out runs during a fifth-inning rally fueled by six hits, including consecutive doubles by Logan Letney, Alex Vergara and Kyle Hawkins, and finalized by a two-run homer from catcher Nico Patrick. Starter Spencer Arrighetti (2-2) claimed an 80-pitch, route-going victory -- a two-hitter punctuated by seven strikeouts. GAME 1: FINAL -- Navarro 12, BPCC 1 (6 Inn., Run-Ruled) SCORE BY INNINGS...

By MIKE MONTFORT   (Updated 9 pm Wednesday) --  Navarro Baseball sees a great opportunity.  This weekend, the Bulldogs want to seize it -- wherever it presents itself. Weekend forecasts suggest rain, so the  series with Bossier Parish is fluid.  It certainly was Wednesday after the baseball programs twice changed their plans about starting the three-game set. East Zone co-leader NC (12-10/5-1), trying to duplicate last weekend's sweep of Northeast and dodge bad weather at the same time, now will play a 1:30 pm Thursday doubleheader against the Cavaliers (7-8/1-5) at Bossier, La. The nine-inning single Game 3 remains on the schedule here Saturday, but that may change.  Thursday's long-range forecasts indicate the possibility of rain until next Wednesday. Regardless, the Bulldogs can try to build on the momentum of a three-game winning streak, against a Cavalier squad that's lost five straight and dropped to the bottom of the East Zone standings. Here are summaries from last Sunday's doubleheader sweep over Northeast Texas: Navarro 5, Northeast 1 Sophomore lefthander Carson Rollins twirled his second complete game of the conference season, limiting Northeast to four hits and two walks while striking out six during a 94-pitch outing. Rollins has consecutive pitching victories over McLennan, plus league wins over Panola and...

By MIKE MONTFORT Bulldog Baseball welcomes Blinn on Tuesday for a non-conference game before Region XIV East Zone weekend series play resumes Thursday with Northeast Texas. Coach Matt Podjenski's Bulldogs (9-9/2-1) are coming off a weekend series win over the Panola Ponies that's spawned a winning streak of five in their last six games.  Winning the doubleheader and the opening series at Carthage are biggest weekend takeaways as NC now has climbed to a .500 record after 18 games. Weather permitting, the 'Dawgs and coach Harvey McIntyre's Blinn Buccaneers will play a nine-inning, non-conference game here when they meet for the second time this season.  Blinn secured a 9-6 win over NC ar The Brazos JUCO Classic on February 15. The East Zone series with Northeast lines opens with a Thursday single game at Mount Pleasant and a Saturday twinbill here at Perry D. Graham Field. From Saturday's sweep at Carthage: GAME 1: Navarro 3, Panola 0 Sophomore lefthander Carson Rollins won a pitcher's duel in Game 1, throwing a complete-game, three-hit shutout as the Bulldogs blanked Panola 3-0 and evened their weekend series. Ethan Ruiz slugged a one-out, two-run home run in the third inning to provide Rollins with insurance runs. Navarro scored its first run of the...

By MIKE MONTFORT Navarro Baseball (7-8) won its third straight over a nationally ranked opponent from Region V and snapped Grayson's eight-game winning streak in a 4-2 decision Monday at Graham Field. Starting pitcher Alex Vergara hurled a four-hitter through three innings, and then slugged a tiebreaking two-run home run to left field in the sixth inning -- his team-leading fourth homer of the season. Meanwhile, winning reliever Corbin Hall and Chad Ricker combined to throw 60 pitches in six no-hit innings, struck out four and walked only one. Hall worked the middle three frames and Ricker became the third Bulldog pitcher to earn a save this season. Hall and Ricker silenced Grayson, mowing down 15 consecutive batters during one stretch. Taylor Smith drew a ninth-inning leadoff walk off Ricker, but Adam Becker grounded a 1-1 offering into 6-4-3 double play (Weston Symes to Ethan Ruiz to Jose Gonzales, Jr.). Ricker then used four pitches to strike out Will Quillen to end the game and to secure NC pitching's ninth strikeout of the day. Navarro broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth when Stacey Bailey opened with a triple to rightfield before Vergara's home run on an 0-2 pitch that chased GCC starter Shay Hartis...

Navarro Baseball, preparing for its conference-opening series with Panola this weekend, hosts 20th-ranked Grayson on Monday after sweeping a Saturday twinbill here from No. 3 McLennan. Coach Matt Podjenski's Bulldogs (6-8) look to sustain momentum and gain a smattering of revenge Monday against the Grayson Vikings, which posted a 5-4 walkoff win last week at Dub Hayes Field. NC bounced back in a big way Saturday against the McLennan Highlanders and claimed the best-of-three weekend series with a sweep at Perry D. Graham Field.  The Bulldogs, beaten 15-0 Friday at Bosque River Ballpark in Waco, posted wins of 1-0 and 11-7. GAME 1 -- NC, 1-0 Lefthander Carson Rollins and righthander Blake Anderson combined on a four-hit shutout and made a first-inning run stand up for victory. The Bulldogs scored the game's only run in the bottom of the first inning. Riley Lambert singled and came around to score on Stacey Bailey's ground out. Rollins threw 84 pitches in 6.2 innings of four-hit ball and struck out six. Anderson threw four pitches and struck out the final batter. Riggs Threadgill, the MCC starter, allowed only four hits. GAME 1 SCORE BY INNINGS...