The Marianna AAA All-stars cruised through their first game 4-2 against Spring Hill in Sebring Saturday. Pitching, defense and offense were all clicking with no first-game jitters out of this team.
Marianna held Sebring off the board through five innings of play. A two-out hit to right field by Jaydon Gray was the only offense in the first inning for the Marianna home team. Denton Lord led off the second inning with a solid hit up the left side with Waylon Snellgrove reaching with two outs. Both runners were left on the bags with a fielder’s choice ending the inning.
Marianna removed the goose egg off the scoreboard in the third inning with one run. Jordan Broxton led off with a free pass by way of a walk. Luke Thomas followed with a walk while Aiden Smith took one for the team. A fielder’s choice by Conner Barton got Broxton going home but left the bases loaded for RJ Mayes to pick up an RBI on a fielder’s choice before a flyout to right field ended the inning. It was a team effort to plate the run and stay away from a double play ball.
Marianna added two runs in the fourth inning to move head 3-0. With one out, Denton Lord found a hole on the left side for the second time and moved to second when Bowen Barber took one for the team. Torin Clark-Hussey sacrificed the runners to second and third with Waylon Snellgrove rocketing one up the middle to score Lord and Barber. A flyout to short ended the inning but the Marianna team was in control.
They added their final run in the fifth inning with one out on the board. R. J. Mayes singled to the right side, stole second and third before scoring on a sacrifice by Jaydon Gray.
Denton Lord got the starting nod on the mound for Marianna, went four scoreless innings, giving up no hits, one walk, and fanned nine batters to pick up the win. Lord was two-for-three at the plate and scored a run. For his efforts in scorching heat, Denton was awarded the MVP medal for the game.