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Shelia Mader

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Sneads softball wins first game 9-3 over Wakulla

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The Sneads Pirates hit the road for their pre-season tournament and walked away with no jet lag from the bus ride as they picked up a 9-3 win over Wakulla.  The Lady War Eagles were held to just three runs on six hits, no walks and two batters sat down on strikeouts by Marissa Baxter. Baxter went the distance in picking up the win, throwing just 70 pitches with 52 of those strikes. 

In the first inning, an error allowed the first Wakulla batter to reach but Michaela Edenfield nailed her trying to take home so no harm no foul for the baserunner. Sneads answered with a two-out solo shot by Michaela Edenfield over the right-centerfield fence.  A strikeout ended the inning but Sneads held a 1-0 lead. 

It was a three-up, three-down inning in the second for both teams.  Baxter retired the side in order in the top of the third but Sneads answered with three runs to make it a 4-0 game. Lacee Glover reached on an error and stole second. Hannah Stephens drew a walk and both runners advanced when Abby Perkins reached on an error to load the bases. Marissa Baxter helped herself out with a two RBI single before moving to second when Michaela Edenfield was given a free pass by virtue of a walk. With one out, Taylor Lamphere had a sac fly to right field that scored Perkins before a flyout to first ended the inning. 

A two-out single was all the offense Sneads allowed the Lady War Eagles in the fourth inning while they were retired in order in the bottom of the frame.  A single and a fielder’s choice accounted for no runs for Wakulla in the top of the fifth. Sneads answered with five runs to make it a 9-0 ballgame. Abby Perkins got things started with a walk and moved to second when Marissa Baxter picked up her second single of the night. Wakulla pitching steered clear of Edenfield, issuing her another walk to load the bases. The plan backfired when Kiara Garrett took one for the team and picked up an RBI. Taylor Lamphere picked up a cheap RBI on a walk. A wild pitch while Taylor Reese Howell was at the plate scored Garrett. Howell drew a walk, followed by a walk to Georgia Scott. A fielder’s choice and a strikeout ended the inning.  

Wakulla plated three runs in the top of the fifth but it was way too little too late for a comeback win.

Graceville Tigers dominate to win DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP

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The Graceville Tigers faced a Tiger from a different county when they took on Blountstown Saturday night with the district championship on the line.  The game was held in the host town, Vernon. Graceville had an enjoyable ride home when they dominated the game, taking a 52-30 win over Blountstown. 

The orange and black Tigers outscored their opponent 17-5 in the first period of play, setting the tone for the night. Leading Graceville with a duo of threes was Andre Brown. Cyprian James and Xavian Sorey had a pair of baskets each. Dyron Porter had a shot from three-point range. 

Blountstown took the second quarter 14-9, but Graceville maintained a 25-19 lead going into the halftime break. Joell Green led his team with two baskets. Cyprian James had a bucket and was one-for-one from the line. 

Graceville posted 10 third-quarter points and held the red and black Tigers to five points, giving Graceville a 35-24 lead with one quarter to play. Xavian Sorey led with six points, including a shot from downtown, a basket and was one-for-one from the charity stripe. 

The Graceville Tigers won the final quarter 17-6 and that was more than they needed to solidify the win and take home the district championship. Xavian Sorey led his Tigers with a three-pointer, a basket and making good on his free throw attempt. Joell Green had two buckets, followed by Dyron Porter going three-for-four from the line.

Xavian Sorey led his team in scoring on the night with 18 points. Checking in with 10 points each were Andre Brown and Joell Green. Dyron Porter was on board with six points.  The Tigers have been through three coaches in two years and have worked through the changes as a team and advance out of district into quarter regionals.  

Congratulations to the Graceville Tigers and Coach Cameron Dozier on their district championship from the publisher and staff at the Jackson County Times.

Three Bulldog wrestlers go undefeated at Chiles Timberwolf Duals

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This past weekend, the Marianna Bulldog wrestling team traveled to Tallahassee to participate in the Chiles Timberwolf Duals. The Bulldogs finished second in Pool B, defeating Wewa, Leon and Choctaw.  The wrestlers fought hard against Chiles but came up just shy of a win.  John Maddox had a little redemption from losses this season winning a double overtime match with Chiles’ wrestler Kyle McGinnis. Marianna lost to a tough Pace team in a battle of the number twos Pool A and B.

John Maddox picked up his 100th win Saturday. Corey Davis, Jonah Mercer and Neal Smith all went undefeated in weekend action. 

District action is up next for the Bulldogs this weekend at Mosley in Panama City. Regionals has been moved from Wewahitchka to South Walton High School. 

Marianna Bullpups start season with a 6-2 win over Seminole County

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The Marianna Bullpups opened their season at home with a 6-2 win over Seminole County last Thursday evening.  The Bullpups host their home games at Optimist Park and despite catastrophic damage to the facility by Hurricane Michael, Marianna Parks and Recreation Department had the field in tip top shape for the home opener. The Bullpups got three solid innings of no-hit baseball from Trevor Medlin, with Griffin Tucker and Ty’keise Facion taking care of the final three innings 

Medlin got the starting nod on the hill for the Bullpups in their season opener and he didn’t disappoint. Medlin faced 10 batters in three innings, throwing 31 strikes to only 13 balls, allowed no runs, issued one walk with the batter not reaching past first base and fanned eight batters. Griffin Tucker came on in relief, went one-third of an inning, gave up two runs on one hit and two walks before giving way to Ty’keise Facion. Facion went two and two-thirds inning, allowed no runs on two hits, four walks and fanned five batters.  

Marianna picked up their first run in the bottom of the first inning when last year’s slugger Giovanni Scott singled, stole second and third before taking home on a stolen base. JD Taylor brought the power with a double and moved to third on a single by Trevor Medlin who showed he was a National League qualifying pitcher at the plate. A strikeout was followed by a walk to Gavin Byrd but a groundout ended the inning. 

The Bullpups added another run in the second inning when Ruben Mayes singled with one out and scored on a standup triple by Giovanni Scott. A flyout and a ground out ended the inning with one on base. The Bullpups went quietly in the third inning, three up, three down. 

The final four runs came in the fourth inning when Cameron Odom led off with a walk and moved to second with one out on a single by Giovanni Scott. JD Taylor picked up his first RBI of the season on a single that scored Odom. Trevor Medlin tripled to pick up a pair of RBIs and scored on a passed ball with Griffin Tucker at the plate. Tucker drew a walk but a strikeout ended the inning.  It was a one, two, three-inning for the Bullpups in the final fifth inning. 

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