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County battle on the diamond goes to Lady Bulldogs

Records are out the window when Marianna and Sneads softball teams take the field.  The outcome is as unpredictable as Florida and Florida State, Auburn and Alabama in football (despite some diehard fans who would like to say otherwise). Last Friday night was no exception as Marianna traveled to Sneads in hopes of a sweep.  It’s become tradition that this is the last regular season game for these two teams, gearing up for the post season.  This year, both teams are sitting on top in their district and are fully loaded to make a run for state. 

Marianna sent their senior ACE Chloe Temples to the circle with Sneads countering with their senior Marissa Baxter. Both pitchers have signed to play college ball and both wanting to end the regular season with the ‘W’ over their county rival. In the end, it was Marianna who would survive with a 4-2 win, with Temples allowing just one earned run and Baxter just two earned runs.  Baxter allowed four total runs on seven hits, two walks and struck out six batters. Temples allowed two runs total on three hits, three walks and fanned a whopping 16 batters. 

Offensively, six runs between the two teams says what a defensive game it was. The 10 hits, five walks, and 21 strikeouts solidified that it was a pitcher’s duel. 

For Sneads, they collected three hits with one each from Abby Perkins, Michaela Edenfield and Marissa Baxter. Edenfield made the best of her swing with two-out solo shot over right centerfield in the first inning. Perkins singled in the third and was drive in by Edenfield. Edenfield, Baxter, and Georgia Scott waited patiently for the right pitch but took the cheap way out with a walk instead. Taylor Reese Howell recorded a sacrifice to help out her team, while Edenfield got a second freebie when she reached on an error. 

For Marianna, it was Gabby Bess leading the way with two hits, and two RBIs, followed by Angel Curry with a hit and an RBI. On board with one hit and one run scored each was Lauren Brock and Jayden Sorey, followed by Lexie Spooner with a double. Brock recorded a double in her at bat with a hit and reached base twice on Sneads’ miscues. Amari Brown was issued two walks and two runs scored.

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