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By MIKE MONTFORT -- TEMPLE -- Navarro split its doubleheader Saturday with the Temple Leopards, but claimed the weekend series and brought their season record to .500 after six games. After Monday's non-conference game against Wharton at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville was postponed by rain, the Bulldogs turned their attention to preparation for the inaugural Brazos JUCO Classic at College Station this weekend. The three-day tournament hosted by the Texas Collegiate League's Brazos Valley Bombers will be played at Travis Field.  NC won't play until Saturday, but gets a pair of seven-inning challenges from Weatherford at 11:30 am and from Blinn at 7 pm. On Sunday, the Bulldogs play nine-inning games against Howard at 1 pm and against Wharton at 4 pm. All Brazos JUCO Classic games will be streamed live by TSRN Sports. Coach Matt Podjenski's Bulldogs followed up their 19-9 Friday win with a 4-3 victory in Saturday's opener at Danny Scott Sports Complex. TC prevailed 11-10 in the nightcap as Refugio freshman pitcher J'Mond LaFond struck out Dawson Woods and stranded the potential winning runs on base. In that second game, Navarro wiped out a 7-2 Leopard lead and forced a tie in the seventh inning before TC regained an 11-7 lead only...

Navarro salvaged a split of Saturday's run-ruled doubleheader with Weatherford at Perry D. Graham Field. Coach Matt Podjenski's Bulldogs won the opener 17-6 in six innings, while Jeff Lightfoot's Coyotes claimed an 11-3 victory in a seven-inning nightcap. In Saturday's opener, Navarro bunched runs in every inning except the third.  NC tallied seven runs in the fifth and added five more in the sixth to close out the win. Reliever Gage Walters, on for starter Carson Rollins, got credit for the pitching victory, while the Bulldogs unleashed a 12-hit assault against loser Bryson Hudgens and three other WC hurlers. NC cracked five extra-base hits and eight players drove in runs. Riley Lambert and Jose Gonzales, Jr., each knocked in three runs, while Stacey Bailey, Ethan Ruiz and Alex Vergara had two RBI apiece. Lambert singled, doubled and tripled, while Vergara belted his first home run of the season. The Bulldogs, now 1-2 on the season, are scheduled to play a 3 pm Tuesday non-conference game at Brenham's Leroy Dreyer Field against the Blinn Buccaneers. _________ GAME 1 / FINAL (6 innings) Navarro 17,. Weatherford 6 Weatherford...

HOUSTON -- Welcome home, Austin Pruitt. The Houston Astros acquired righthanded pitcher Austin Pruitt Thursday from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for two minor league prospects -- pitcher Peyton Battenfield and outfielder Cal Stevenson. Pruitt, who attended The Woodlands College Park High School, pitched two seasons at Navarro before finishing his collegiate career at The University of Houston.  He became the Rays' ninth-round selection in MLB's 2013 amateur baseball draft. Pruitt pitched in 67 major league games, started 10, and compiled a 12-8 won-loss record with a 4.87 earned-run average. In the 2019 season, the 30-year-old fashioned a 3-0 record over 47 innings in a variety of roles.  He started two games and finished four others among his 14 appearances.  He mostly served as a long reliever in 23 games of the 2018 season. Pruitt, the headliner in the trade, ranked near the top of the major leagues in spin rate, and that is something the Astros are known to value greatly. Most of Pruitt's major league work has come as a reliever, but has been a full-time starter in the minors.   Astros President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jeff Luhnow told reporters that they intend "to give him a chance" to earn...

Navarro College Baseball's Showcase Camp has been rescheduled for Sunday, January 19, head coach Matt Podjenski announced Tuesday. Concerns about increasing chances of heavy rainfall here Thursday through Saturday prompted the change of schedule and pushed back the event. For more camp registration information and waivers in printable PDF form, click on "Athletic Camps" under "Inside Athletics" atop the Navarro College Athletics webpage and find the baseball link.  The printable PDFs also are located on the Navarro Baseball homepage....

Two former Navarro Bulldogs playing major league baseball again are among 30 nominees for The Roberto Clemente Award. That’s the Boston Red Sox’ Brock Holt and the Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Davis. Again. Yes, again. It’s a fourth nomination in the last five years for Holt; for Davis, it’s his third consecutive. Holt and Davis will be recognized in each of their games during The 18th annual Roberto Clemente Day on Wednesday, Sept. 18. There are no better nominees for the prestigious Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB to recognize players from each club who best represent the game through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy, and positive contributions, both on and off the field. For the uninitiated, Holt and Davis are deeply involved in many ways with major projects in their communities. Here are just a few reasons they’ve received multiple Clemente Award nominations: HOLT: Since arriving in Boston in 2013, Holt has cemented himself as a community fixture via his extensive work with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Home Base Program and several other causes. He’s served as the Jimmy Fund Captain since 2015, raising funds for cancer research and adult and pediatric cancer care for Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Before the holidays, Holt joins...