Story by Cody Stark / SHSU Sports Information AUSTIN, Texas — The Sam Houston State softball team’s magical season came to an end with a 3-0 loss to No. 9 Texas in an elimination game in the Austin Regional of the NCAA Tournament at Red and Charline McCombs Field Saturday evening.The Bearkats (35-23) never could get their offense going in two losses Saturday, being held scoreless for 14 innings. Sam Houston State lost to Houston 5-0 in the winners’ bracket game earlier on Saturday.Texas (43-15) was upset by the Bearkats 2-1 in the regional opener Friday and stayed alive with a 3-2 win over Texas A&M in an elimination game to set up a rematch with Sam Houston State.The Longhorns got a run in the top of the first to grab a quick lead. Lauren Burke drew a lead-off walk and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt. She came around to score on a blooper that fell in just over second base into center field and a groundout to shortstop.The Bearkats had a chance to break through in the bottom of the first when junior Tiffany Thompson dribbled an infield single to pitcher Miranda Elish, and sophomore Brooke Malia hit a grounder to short which resulted in a throwing error that advanced both runners into scoring position with one out. Elish (16-9) got the next two batters out to squash Sam Houston State’s best scoring opportunity of the night.Karina Sanchez (2-6) was solid through the first five innings in the circle for the Bearkats before giving up a two-run home run in the top of the sixth. Freshman Regan Dunn pitched a scoreless seventh inning.The loss ended a remarkable season for the Bearkats. It was the first time Sam Houston State won the Southland Conference regular-season and tournament championships in the same year and the 35 wins were the most since 2013 (37).The win over Texas in the Austin Regional opener was also the Bearkats’ second NCAA Tournament win at the Division I level. Sam Houston State defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 2-1 in an elimination game at the College Station Regional in 2007. Houston 5, Sam Houston State 0AUSTIN – The Sam Houston State softball team could not get anything going at the plate in a 5-0 loss to Houston in the winners’ bracket game at the NCAA Tournament’s Austin Regional at Red and Charline McCombs Field Saturday afternoon.The game was a pitching duel through four innings. With the rainfall increasing in the top of the fifth, the Cougars were able to break the scoreless tie.Brooke Vannoy, the nine-hole hitter, reached on a one-out walk to start the rally. Lindsey Stewart reached on a bunt single and both runners scored on the play on a throwing error by catcher Bailey White.Houston tacked on an insurance run with a solo home run to right field to make it 3-0 before McLeod got a flyout and strikeout to end the inning before a 45-minute lightning delay.The Cougars added two more runs in the seventh on an RBI double.Senior Ashley Goetz and junior Megan McDonald had the only two hits for Sam Houston State, a single in the fifth and sixth, respectively
Supply poultry farmer robbery…expected to face the courts todayThe six men who were all taken into Police custody after they attempted to carry out a daring robbery on a Supply poultry farmer on Tuesday night are to be placed in a number of identification parades for other crimes.The men have been identified as Steve Hercules, 30, of Lot 2-3 Sisters Village, West Bank Demerara (WDB); Nabadinghi Gobin, 33, of Lot 181 Charlotte Street, Bourda, Georgetown; Renard Khan, 31, of Lot 147 Cooper Street, Albouystown; Mark Prince, 39, of Lot 52 Parfaite Harmonie, WBD; Edward Skeete, 30, of Lot 309 Independence Boulevard, Georgetown and Marvin Blackman, 27, of South Ruimveldt, Georgetown.According to Crime Chief Paul Williams, their descriptions are similar to those previously reported to have been involved in similar crimes.He noted that as such, the men were to be placed in several identification parades before charges were laid.Charges are, however, expected to be laid today, or Tuesday at the latest, the Crime Chief revealed.Swift action by Police ranks of the A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) saw the bandits being nabbed after they attempted to rob the Supply, East Bank Demerara (EBD) poultry farmer, 69-year-old Michael Chang Yuen.The men who escaped from the scene after the failed robbery at the Lot 13 Supply, EBD premises were apprehended in Grove, EBD.At the time of the attempted robbery, Yuen was at home with his wife and his two sons relaxing when they heard a noise coming from outside their house about 19:30h. Upon checking, Yuen saw four men at the eastern door of his property.As such, an alarm was raised, which prompted the men to quickly enter a waiting motor car, HC 4543, which was parked some distance away, and flee the scene.However, the Police were alerted, and a roadblock was set up in the vicinity of the Grove Public Road, which saw the four men, along with two others in the said car, being captured.A search carried out on the motor car saw the discovery of two 9 mm Glock Pistols, one with the serial number filed off, along with 22 live rounds; one Beretta Pistol with 11 live rounds, one .32 Taurus Pistol, with the serial number filed off with six live rounds; one sledgehammer, two pairs of latex gloves, and trade plates.Further investigations carried out revealed that the motor car in which they were found was stolen from a Princes Street, Georgetown resident on March 25, 2018.When this publication visited Yuen’s home, his sons were hesitant to speak; he, however, revealed that this was the second time in the last two months that bandits attempted to rob his home.They were unable to enter the property on that occasion as well. He noted that CCTV footage was handed over to the Police.Yuen has been working in the poultry business for some 30 years.Charged multiple timesSkeete, called “Pretty Boy”, first came under Police watch in 2008 when he was arrested and charged for carrying out an armed robbery at John Street, Werk-en-rust where his accomplice was shot and killed by Police Officers.Then in 2011, Skeete was freed of the murder of Bedi Ramjewan, who was killed in April of 2011 during a robbery at Industry, East Coast Demerara (ECD).And just two months ago, that is on February 8, 2018, he was again freed by Justice Navindra Singh for the July 14, 2015 Turning Point, Tucville murder of Ryan Clementson for which he was jointly charged with Gobin, called “Dangles”.Prince, called “Fine Man”, was charged in several robbery-related issues. He was first charged in 2016 for attacking and robbing a woman of her cellphone.He was then charged earlier this year with two robberies, one committed on Regan Singh and the other on Gobin Singh. Both victims were robbed following a visit to a city bank.Khan was detained in 2017 for robbing a pastor of some $1.8 million just as he left a city bank.And Blackman was first charged, along with two others, for robbing a supervisor attached to the Wild Caught Fresh Fish Depot while being armed with a gun.Then in August of 2017, he was charged with discharging a loaded firearm at Carl Welshman with intent to commit murder. He was also charged for carrying out an armed robbery on the said Welshman while in the company of two others. That same month, Blackman was also charged with the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.In November of 2017, he was again charged with armed robbery, this time committed on Bramanand Chetramand and Danny Singh.He was remanded in August 2017 on charges of illegal possession of a Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol and eight live rounds of 9mm ammunition.He was also charged two months ago for robbing a Diamond Housing Scheme resident after she left a city bank.