The Marianna Lady Bulldogs shut out Baker County Friday afternoon to advance to the State Championship for the first time ever. The monkey is off their back and they can proudly claim the Regional Championship that sends them to the final four. Ironically, it’s 20 years following Marianna baseball’s only state championship. The team traveled to Baker County with fans and supporters following and handed the home team a 2-0 shutout behind the pitching of senior Chloe Temples.
Temples went the distance in the circle, giving up no runs on four hits, two walks and fanned nine batters. Marianna threatened in the first inning but could not plate a run. With two outs, Gabby Bess singled and moved to third when Amari Brown took advantage of a Baker County miscue. Both runners were left on base when a fly out to centerfield ended the inning.
The Lady Dawgs had a one-out single by Chloe Temples in the second inning. She moved to second on a sac by Anni Beebe but a strikeout ended the inning. Marianna had a pair of baserunners in the third inning but the goose egg remained on the scoreboard. With one out, Deana Holland singled, stole second followed by a two-out walk to Amari Brown. A ground out left both runners stranded on the bag.
The Lady Dawgs came ever so close to picking up their first run in the fourth inning but didn’t quite make it. Angel Curry led off with a double and went to third with one out on a passed ball. With two outs, she was out heading for home on a fielder’s choice by Anni Beebe.
They erased the zero with a run crossing the plate in the fifth inning. Lauren ‘LuLu’ Brock led off with a triple. Deana Holland did her job with a successful sac bunt to score Brock. Gabby Bess drew a walk and moved to third on a two-out single by Lexie Spooner but a flyout to centerfield ended the inning with two on the bags.
Marianna’s Anni Beebe had a one-out single in the sixth inning and moved to second on a sac by Jayden Sorey. Lauren Brock drew a walk, followed by a single by Deana Holland but no runs crossed the
The final run came in the seventh inning when Amari Brown drew a leadoff walk, stole second before scoring on a double by Lexie Spooner. Two outs ended the inning but the Lady Dawgs had all the runs they needed to move on to the final four!
Marianna softball was scheduled to leave Tuesday to travel to Vero Beach for State Tournament play. Their first game is at 7:35 CST