SPRING BRANCH – K.J. Stark went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a two-run homer, three runs batted in and four runs to help lead the Ellison Eagles to a 10-3 win Saturday over New Braunfels Canyon in the third-place game of the Smithson Valley Tournament.

The Eagles (8-2) led all the way after Stark doubled and scored on Justin Dingman's single in the first inning.

Stark capped a four-run fourth with a blast to right field that gave Ellison a 7-0 lead.

Colby Reece (2-0) went the distance on the mound for EHS. He fanned six, walked two and allowed 10 hits.

Other offensive stars for the Eagles were Jose Hernandez (3-for-4) and Dingman (3-for-5, double, three RBIs).

Stark, Dingman and Ryan Bates were selected to the all-tournament team. ROSEBUD-LOTT TOURNAMENT

Salado 6, Lexington 0 – At Lott, Cole Calder, Paul Warren and Tyler Laughland each hit two doubles and Taylor Ruddick belted a solo home run to lead the Salado Eagles to a win in the championship game of the Cougar Classic.

Bubba Luna (1-1) combined with four Salado relievers for the shutout. Luna allowed just two hits in three innings.

Calder doubled and scored on Warren's single in the first inning for the only run Salado (6-2) needed.

Ruddick capped the scoring with a sixth-inning blast to left field.

Calder, Ruddick, Trent Wagnon and Colton Norman were named to the all-tournament team.

Salado opens District 25-2A play Tuesday in Lago Vista.

Navasota 9, Gatesville 4, 6 inn. – At Rogers, Hornets starter Slaton Meyer allowed five runs in 1 2/3 innings of work and Navasota scored all nine runs in the first three innings to rock Gatesville in the championship game of the Rogers tournament.

After Navasota struck with one run in the top of the first, the Hornets answered with two in the bottom half of the inning to take an early 2-1 lead.

But the Rattlers answered, scoring six runs in the top of the second – chasing Meyer in the process – taking advantage of four singles and two of Gatesville's four errors.

Tyler Craycraft led the Hornets offensively, going 2-for-2 with a double and a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Lady Dawgs win Cove tourney – At Copperas Cove, the way Katelynn Stephens was pitching, Copperas Cove didn't need much offense.

And with a fourth-inning solo home run from Shabanese Brown, the host Lady Bulldawgs got all the runs they needed to edge Burnet 1-0 in the championship game of the Copperas Cove softball tournament Saturday afternoon.

While Brown did her job at the plate, it was Stephens' work on the mound that held Burnet in check, recording 11 strikeouts while allowing just two hits in the shutout.

Brown also proved instrumental in another shutout, though this one wasn't nearly as close.

Contributing six RBIs on a 3-for-3 performance, which included a three-run home run, Brown powered the Lady Bulldawgs past Killeen 15-0 in three innings. Also contributing to the rout was Kaela Cantrell, who was 3-for-3 with four RBIs.

While Cove's top team took home the title, the Lady Bulldawgs' No. 2 squad split a pair of games, losing 11-5 to Killeen and then beating Burnet's No. 2 team 6-3 with Brianna Sinclair leading the way going 2-for-3 with a home run.

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