The Marianna Lady Bulldogs took the field against Coral Springs Charter School knowing they were facing the number seven team in the nation and never flinched at the thought of that. They battled through seven innings, falling 7-2 walking off the field as the State Runners-Up overall, but as the number one public school team in the state.
Coach Scott Wiggins put his ace, Chloe Temples in the circle for this all-important game. Temples went the distance, giving up just two earned runs on three this, three walks, four errors committed behind her and fanned five batters.
Marianna had a two-out single by Gabby Bess with Amari Brown following with a walk. A strikeout left two runners on the bags. Coral Springs was kept off the scoreboard as well in the bottom of the frame.
The Lady Dawgs drew first blood in the top of the second inning when Chloe Temples helped herself out with a walk. Temples made her way to second when Anni Beebe drew a walk with Lauren ‘LuLu’ Brock driving in Temples on a single up the middle. A strikeout ended the inning but Marianna had a 1-0 lead. Coral Springs answered with three runs in the bottom of the second to take a 3-1 lead.
With one out in the third, Amari Brown drew her second walk of the day but was out on a fielder’s choice by Lexie Spooner. Angel Curry reached on an error that got Spooner going to third to end the inning. Coral Springs added a run to make it a 4-1 lead.
Anni Beebe reached on an error with one out and ended up on second. A sacrifice by Jayden Sorey moved her to third but a ground out left her on the bag. Coral Springs had a goose egg in the bottom of the fourth.
In the fifth inning, Deana Holland singled but was out on a double-play ball. Amari Brown followed with a single but a strikeout ended the inning. A two-out walk to Anni Beebe was the only baserunner for Marianna in the top of the sixth. Coral Springs plated three runs to make it a 7-1 game.
Marianna didn’t let up in the seventh inning with Deana Holland singling up the left side and moving to second on a sac by Gabby Bess. Amari Brown tripled to scored Holland but a ground out ended the inning and the game.
Marianna finished their season 27-2-2 and as the number two team in the state. They scored 307 runs, 319 including the preseason games, had 18 run-ruled games, 15 shutouts while allowing just 47 runs in 31 games, two of those pre-season games. To say it was a season to remember is an understatement. Congratulations to the MHS softball team on a super season.