Senior Night at the ballfields

Image: Seven seniors gathered at homeplate on Tuesday night to celebrate their season and the end of an era.
(L-R) Kyle Jackson, Justin Buchanan, Alex DeMoss, Jase Holden, Ross Stiles, Brandon Souder and Omar Estrada.

The Italy varsity baseball team hosted the Whitney Wildcats during district play on Tuesday night. This was the last home game of the season and in Gladiator tradition, the seniors were escorted to first baseline by their parents and family. This year the Varsity includes seven graduating seniors.

Italy and Grandview tangle at home

Image: Caden Jacinto, on the mound, sends a fast ball over home plate on Monday night.

Monday night, the Italy Gladiators hosted the visiting Grandview Zebras at Loyd Davidson Field.  In the varsity matchup, the Gladiators were strong but the Zebras put another mark in their win column which moved Grandview to a 7 and 0 statistic.

Real men wear pink

Image: Coach Josh Ward and mom, Rhonda, smile for the camera during Pink Night at the ballfield.

The Italy Gladiator Baseball team sponsored a fundraiser benefitting the Susan G Komen Foundation on Friday night at the Loyd Davidson Field in conjunction with the Lady Gladiator Pink-Out night held previously in March.

“Pitch-in for a cure” with the Gladiators


The Gladiators invite the community to come and join their efforts to raise money for cancer research. On Friday, April 6 the Gladiators varsity and JV squads will take on the Hubbard Jaguars in non-district match ups beginning at 4:30pm. Also planned is a Easter egg hunt in right field immediately following the varstity game. Come for the cause and stay for the candy!

Italy faces rival at home

Image: Gladiator Fan of the Year, Richard Cook throws the opening pitch.

Richard Cook throws out the opening pitch to get things started between Italy and Maypearl at Loyd Davidson Field and Gladiator Brandon Souder takes one for the team allowing his hair to be cut as part of a team fundraiser.

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Image: A little shorter on top if you please.

Italy High School Senior, Brandon Souder, has a head full of hair, thick and curly and reminiscent of Harpo, a member of the comedy team, The Marx Brothers or Epstein, a character from the 70’s show, “Welcome Back, Kotter.” Well, that’s not a bad thing because Brandon is willing to go out on a limb and take one for the team.

Gladiator baseball is a go!

Image: John Byers covers third base.

Baseball season always begins with a little cold weather. However, die hard fans are ready for that with sleeping bags and blankets in the stands. The Italy Gladiators hosted their first exhibition game against Waxahachie Faith Family this past Thursday night.

Baseball Fundraiser Successful

Image: Coach Ward and fiance, Jessica Simon, enjoyed the hamburgers with the community.

On Friday night, the Italy Gladiator Baseball parents pulled together and sponsored a hamburger fundraiser. Careful planning and good cooking brought the Gladiator Baseball team and their parents serving the community burgers and homemade desserts. All the food was donated, so the team cleared profits enough for practice bats and other equipment desperately needed.

Senior night at the baseball field

Image: Senior night on the diamond — Loyd Davidson Field was busy honoring seniors Friday night, just before the varsity took on Clifton.

With one last district game in which to compete, the Italy Gladiators played their last home game on Friday night at Loyd Davidson Field. They took on Clifton but that wasn’t the most important part. The last home game is over and the seniors are taking a step towards the next stage of their life.

Italy Baseball

Image: Kyle at third — Senior Kyle Wilkins gets ready for the next batter.

The Italy Gladiators will honor the seniors of the team Friday night. They also host Clifton, the number 1 team in our district. Please take this opportunity and come out to Loyd Davidson Field and support our home team.

Gladiator Baseball

Image: Gladiator JV — Italy JV take a walk to the dugout on Friday night after the Grandview Zebras came to town.

“No matter how good you are, you’re going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you’re going to win one-third of your games. It’s the other third that makes the difference.”