, Port Arthur, Texas


June 12, 2014

West defeats East in all-star softball game

PORT ARTHUR —   Softball all-star bragging rights are headed west.

  In a showdown put on by the Southeast Texas Coaches Association, players from the West pitched a little better than their East opponents and came up with bigger hits.

  The West squad was led by solid pitching from Crosby’s Abby Walker and two long balls to win 5-2.

  Walker was named the West’s MVP after hurling five innings and striking out seven hits and giving up three hits and one run.

Little Cypress-Mauriceville’s Taylor Fraccastoro was named the East MVP after blasting a towering home run in the top of the fifth. Fraccastoro had a line of success at Memorial after her Lady Bears played many playoff games at the field and she on several occassions left the yard.

  Thursday’s game also meant the end of the softball career for Nederland’s Kelsey Beard. Beard finished with a single and reached base in her other at bat off an error.

  “It was a very fun game to be a part of,” Beard said. “This will be the last softball game I ever play. I am just glad I got to do it with and against some elite talent.”

  Beard will play volleyball next year at Lamar University.

  She found it a little strange to be on the same team as Shelby Valentine of Port Neches-Groves and three Lady Bears, including Fraccastoro.

  “It was certainly a different experience,” Beard said. “That is not the first time I seen Fracc hit a homer but its the first time I have cheered for it. At the end it was all natural. Now I am excited to play in Friday’s volleyball game.”

  LC-M pitcher Hope Russell had a great time on the mound. She worked the final three innings and gave up no hits with four strike outs.

LC-M’s Haley Mills scored the second East run in the top of the ninth. She singled and then took the next three bases on three different wild pitches.

  The West answered Fraccastoro’s homer with a pair of dingers in the bottom of the sixth.

  First Coldspring’s Ashlyn Monroe drilled a pitch from Valentine over the centerfield fence. Two batters later it was Crosby’s Ariel Clogston who touched all the bases.

  The play of the game came off the arm of Vidor’s Shanice Hagler in the bottom of the second.

  Monroe ripped a shot to the centerfield fence and it appeared to be a routine double.

  Hagler field the ball perfectly and fired to second to get the out on Monroe.

  Orangefield’s Kelsey Ancelot did the exact same thing in the bottom of the third to take a double away from Clogston.

  Valentine had a single in the top of the seventh for the East team.

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  • Bassmaster Elites are coming back

    The Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Southeast Texas in March 2015 to fish out of Orange.
    The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
    I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
    It’s far too early to speculate anything like who the top contenders will be or how the fishing will be but there are some things to keep in mind and to look for over the next few months and into the event itself.
    • Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
    Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
    Beginning probably in the early fall we will see many anglers fishing local waters to get a better idea on how to approach the area.
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    • Sabine River -Very few of the anglers actually fished in the Sabine River despite the event being called the “Sabine River Challenge”. I think that will change with more anglers running as far north as they can to find pockets of fish that receive little pressure and perhaps a four or five-pounder to push them over the top.
    • Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
     It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
    The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
    We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
    It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on

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