UPDATE: Streaming available for Thursday's championship game for Rusk Eagles

by Nathan Caruso Contributing writer

UPDATED at 1:45 p.m.:

Live streaming of tonight's game between Rusk and Texarkana Pleasant Grove – slated for 6:30 p.m. on the University of Texas campus in Austin – can be found at http://gempas.vip-streams4k.net/hs.php

Users will need to set up an account, providing an email address, password and credit card information; however, the site offers a free five-day pass to viewers, who must cancel their service before that period is up to avoid card charges.


JD Thompson and the Rusk Eagles extended their season with a 6-3 win over tradition-rich Region IV powerhouse Sinton Pirates, behind Thompson's 115-pitch 6,1/3 inning performance. The Eagles never led by more than one run at the conclusion of an inning until Brett Rawlinson and Zach Blackmon's back-to-back two-out RBIs in the seventh inning gave Thompson and Mason Cirkel some appreciated breathing room.

Cirkel retired both batters he faced in the 7th giving the Eagles a 1-2-3 seventh after Thompson recorded the first out. Thompson allowed three runs while walking three and striking out six Pirates.

Wade Williams led the Eagles with two RBIs and Bryce Lenard's fielder's choice RBI in the 4th inning proved to be the difference.

The Class 4A state championship game will be an all East Texas affair with Texarkana's Pleasant Grove in the opposing dugout. Pleasant Grove won their 1 p.m. state semi-final with Stephenville by a score of 13-0 in 4,1/2 innings.