The Italy Gladiators traveled to Meridian this past Saturday to match up bats with the Yellow Jackets. The Gladiators got started on their season that will culminate in a district battle against Grandview, Maypearl, Axtell, Whitney, Clifton and Rio Vista.
Italy’s select baseball team continues to round bases at Waco’s Doubl-R Fields, Riverbend Park in an effort to gain experience while competing against high caliber baseball teams.
The Italy Gladiator Baseball team won district this year. “An awesome baseball team,” according to head coach Matt Coker. To go with this honor, some of the players won some individual district awards.
The IHS varsity baseball team traveled to Royse City on Saturday to meet the Dodd City varsity. The match was fierce but in the end Dodd City held the key and the Gladiators came home on their last ride together.
There will be an admission fee charged at the Gladiator baseball double header this weekend. The games scheduled to be played at Tarleton State University on Saturday, May 9, against Hawley will be charging $5 for adults and $3 for students for entry into the games.
This Thursday, May 6, the Gladiators will travel to Axtell to take on the Longhorns. Game time is 6:00pm. The game will be featured on K-Mac Sports online with a warm-up show beginning at 5:45pm.
The Italy JV baseball team hosted Red Oak Life on Thursday night. This was their fourth game this season. The guys pooled their resources and managed to gain another win. The final score was Italy 13, Life 12.
Friday night was a special night at Davidson Field for the Italy varsity baseball team in more ways than one. Presentations of special guests included the seniors of the varsity team and Loyd Davidson, previous coach of the Italy Gladiator Baseball team for 7 years (1987-1994).
“We are district champions!” Italy Gladiators yelled in unison. According to head coach Matt Coker, “We are first in our district in I don’t know how long.” The Gladiators battled Frost Polar Bears on Tuesday night for the number one seed and and they accomplished what they started out to do.
The Davidson Field was very busy Friday night. Besides Stafford Night At the Ballpark, the Italy Gladiator baseball team was hosting a district game against Oak Cliff Faith Family.
You are not going to believe what was going on at Davidson Field Friday night. There was face painting, bubbles blowing, t-ball hitting, softball toss, line dancing and cotton candy. There was even a hot dog eating contest at home plate after the second inning. It was none other than Stafford Night at the Ballpark.
The Italy Gladiators met up with Waxahachie Advantage at the Waxahachie Athletic Complex on Tuesday night for their second district game. Italy dominated in both offense and defense. Jasenio Anderson pitched 3 innings before the game was called by run rule. The final score was Italy 19, Waxahachie Advantage 1.
The Italy Gladiator Varsity was visiting Waxahachie Faith Family at the Waxahachie Sports Complex on Friday. This is the second time this season they have faced each other in district play. As the game unfolded, it became evident this Italy baseball club cannot be stopped. By the second inning, the Gladiators were in the lead by 4 and by the final inning, the boys ran over the Eagles 16-0.
Gladiator baseball is in full swing now with more than half the district games played. Avalon hosted IHS last Tuesday and the Gladiators were actually challenged this time. The no-score streak ended with this game but Italy is still going strong. The final score was Italy 8 and Avalon 4.
The JV baseball team stayed at home this week and hosted Red Oak Life. The Gladiators basically harnessed the Mustangs and put ’em up in the barn. The ending score was Italy 10 and Red Oak 4.
With one of the largest crowds in attendance so far, the Italy Gladiator Baseball team met up with the Frost Polar Bears on Friday night at home for a challenging district game. The teams played 6 innings but when the dust cleared and everyone went home, Italy defeated the Polar Bears 11-0.
Italy took on Faith Family of Oak Cliff on Tuesday night with such a vengeance there was only one strike out for Italy and the final score was 24-0. Coaches Coker and Ward held the Gladiators back from raising the score even higher.
You might notice Coach Coker walking on air these days, his feet a few feet off the ground. The reason? The Italy Gladiator Baseball team. Why would that be? The game on Friday night proved to be another no hitter game (ok, that’s three in a row now).
The Italy Gladiator JV team traveled to Axtell on Tuesday. They picked up their mitts and played a great game. The Gladiators prevented the Longhorns from scoring in the last two innings. However, the Longhorns proved to be more in the defense department and offensively scored 4 runs throughout the game. Final score Axtell 4, Italy 1.
Italy Gladiators were in full swing Monday night as Waxahachie Advantage Academy fought the battle as hard as they could but to no avail. Trevor Patterson picked up the pace and shut the Eagles out, down and all around.
Friday night was the perfect night to see Italy Baseball at its finest. Not only were the Gladiators great defensively, they had their bats swinging too. Waxahachie Faith Family could not get on base and lost the game 15-0.
ITALY—Davidson Field was distinctly cold on Thursday night-in more ways than one. The Italy Gladiators took on the Hubbard Jaguars in a pre-district game and chilled the kitties to the bone.
The Gladiator Baseball team will take the field tonight against Hubbard. Game time is 6:30 in Italy. This game was originally scheduled for Friday night but due to the conflict with the basketball playoff game will be played tonight.
“There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first or last time. I owe him my best.” Joe DiMaggio (April 4, 1951)
Coach Matt Coker will host a varsity baseball parent meeting tonight in his classroom at Italy High School at 7pm. The focus will be expectations for the baseball program with the parents.
On Monday, June 8, 2009, the Ellis County Commissioners court held a short meeting and recognized the Italy Gladiators Softball, Baseball, Track and Powerlifting teams. The students were invited by Commissioner Heath Sims.
The IHS baseball boys’ season came to a screeching halt on Monday night in Mineral Wells when they fought for the Class 1A Area title against Windthorst, who was ranked 2nd in Class A. They fought a hard battle but at the end of the 7th inning the team that came to the field 25-9 was on top 9-3 moving forward in the playoffs.
Italy High School Gladiators are proud as they can be with their win against Perrin-Whitt on Thursday night. This means they move to the next level of play offs and perform on the field in Mineral Wells against Windthorst.
Strike 1, strike 2, strike 3! You’re out! That’s about what it sounded like for the Avalon Eagles during the last district game of the Italy Gladiators. The boys drove to Avalon to present their last defense of the district season and did a great job doing it. The final score was 10-0 with the Gladiators finishing with a district record of 10-2.
On Tuesday night, the Gladiators traveled to Frost for the last showdown between the two teams in district play. Taking care of business was the order of the day for both the Gladiators and the Bears.
It was a balmy night and the wind was blowing slightly. It was perfect weather on Monday evening for the IHS Gladiators to warm up the bats and put the Oak Clif Eagles in their place once and for all for this season. With the season almost over and only 2 district games left on the docket, Italy skunked the Eagles 13-0.
Italy Athletic Booster Club President, Becky Milligan, has been enthused about IHS Baseball for many years. After all, son, Josh who is a junior, has been playing Varsity since his 9th grade year. However, she has seen the need for financial support for the team by local residents and merchants for some time and last year implemented the sale of fence signs for the club.
Never challenged by Grand Prairie AA, the Gladiators coasted most of the way. The guys were all smiles in the dugout and enjoying being back in the win column as the “run rule” went into effect after the 5th inning, giving Italy the 12-2 victory.
On Tuesday night Italy hosted Avalon in a district game at Davidson Field. Both teams were ready to play until the end. They never gave up. With the ending score of 13-3 at the top of the 5th, however, the Gladiators were able to put another mark in the win column.
Friday, April 3, the spectators at the next Gladiator ball game at Davidson Field are in for a treat! If you love prizes, hotdogs and baseball, you can get a wonderful snack for $1, along with a box of Crackerjacks. Why not?
The Gladiators took on the Frost Polar Bears Friday night, both coming to the competition undefeated. After 8 frosty innings, the winner left standing was Frost 4, Italy 2.
Coach Jennifer Reeves is taking 2009 Softball T-shirt orders between now and Monday so don’t delay! Email Coach Reeves at email@example.com or contact Italy High School at 972-483-7411.
With three wins under their belt, the Gladiators performed something they have not done in previous seasons. Evidence was clear the boys were taking their fourth win against the Faith Family Oak Cliff Eagles early in the game.
The season is in full swing for the Italy Gladiators. The boys traveled to Grand Prairie on Thursday night fully intending to score big and take home another win. That is exactly what they did.
The Gladiators hosted Waxahachie Advantage Wednesday night to make up a rain out game earlier in the schedule. Italy High School came prepared for their second game of the season.
Was it the luck of the Irish that came into play on St. Patrick’s Day? Not really. Luck had nothing to do with it. The Gladiators took the field by storm on Tuesday evening at the Sports Complex in Waxahachie for their first game with full concentration and honed skills. They played Waxahachie Faith Family and skunked the Eagles 11-0.
Matt Coker, head coach of Italy Varsity Baseball, said, “We have postponed the games scheduled for Friday due to the rain. They will not play on Saturday either.” He wants the community to know that as of right now, the Gladiators will play Monday March 16 against Waxahachie Advantage beginning at 5:00pm and Tuesday March 17 against Waxahachie Faith Family at 4:00 pm. Both games will be played at the complex in Waxahachie off Broadhead Road.
Head Coach Matt Coker and Assistant Coach Josh Ward assembled baseball parents for a meeting last Thursday night. It is the beginning of Gladiator Baseball and the coaches wanted everyone on board. “I am excited about the upcoming season and we are ready for the program,” Coker explained.