The Marianna Bullpups concluded their season in the best possible way – with a 10-2 win over the Madison County Broncos. For the championship game, coach Clint Brock sent Chris Gable to the hill. Gable went six and one-third innings before giving way to Cole Nobles to get the final two outs. Gable gave up two runs on four hits, two walks, and fanned nine batters while Nobles gave up no runs on one hit and no walks.
Marianna blew the game open in the first inning with five runs crossing the plate. Waylon Crumpler showed why he had the leadoff spot with a single, stole second and moved to third on a single by Tucker Brock. Brock took second on an overthrow before a walk to Brantley Willis loaded the bases. Daniel Stoutamire, ‘Big D’ singled to score Crumpler before Chris Gable helped himself out with a two RBI single up the left side. Cole Nobles drew a walk before a fielder’s choice by Zank Monk scored Stoutamire with Brennan Faircloth laying down the perfect bunt to score Gable for the final run of the inning.
Crumpler singled for the second time in the game but was caught stealing in the second inning. A ground out and a flyout left a goose egg on the board. In the third inning, a two-out reach on an error by Chris Gable was all the offense the Bullpups could muster. The fourth inning didn’t show any more promise with Marianna going three up, three down.
The offense picked up in the fifth inning with three runs crossing the plate. Tucker Brock led things off with a single and stole second. Brantley Willis singled to put runners on the corners for an RBI single by Daniel Stoutamire that scored Brock. Stoutamire stole second and with a sac by Chris Gable scoring Willis and putting Stoutamire on third. Cole Nobles picked up an RBI when he singled to score Stoutamire, Giovanni Scott singled for the last offense of the inning with Marianna leading 8-2.
Marianna added a pair of insurance runs in their final inning. Brennan Faircloth led off with a single and moved to second on a single by Waylon Crumpler. Tucker Brock laid down the perfect bunt back to the pitcher to score Faircloth. Brantley Willis flied to deep center to score Crumpler with Daniel Stoutamire doubling to straightaway center. A groundout to short left Stoutamire on the bag at second but the Bullpups had more than enough runs to take the conference championship win.