The Bulldogs made a statement last Thursday night when they took on district rival Godby and picked up an 11-0 shutout. Coach Bobby Hughes sent junior Cameron Gray to the mound. Gray went the distance of five innings, gave up no runs on two hits, one error, and struck out three batters.
Gray doubled to start the game with Josh Baxley following with a single. Neither run crossed the plate. In the top of the second inning, Brolin VanHuss reached on an error but failed to cross the plate.
The Bulldogs got on the board in the third inning with a leadoff walk to Dalton Smith. Smith moved to second when Pender Johnson laid down a bunt and was safe at first. Both runners advanced to second and third before Max Harrell scored both with a two-out double. Cody Gwin doubled to score Harrell with Brolin VanHuss following with a single to score Gwin. A ground out ended the inning but the Dogs led 4-0.
Marianna tacked on three runs in the fifth inning. With one out, Johnson bunted for the second time and reached first safely. Gray sent his first shot over to score two before Baxley singled. Harrell picked up his second double of the night to score Baxley before a flyout to third ended the inning with Marianna in control 7-0.
The Bulldogs were not done as they posted four runs off the bat of Gray who towered a grand slam to make it an 11-0 game. Brolin VanHuss doubled with Ryan Reed following with a walk. With one out, Dalton Smith walked to load the bases. Pender Johnson hit into a fielder’s choice that got VanHuss heading for home. On a 3-0 count, Gray sent his second shot of the night over to plate four runs and give the Bulldogs a commanding lead that would stand.
The win clinches the DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP for the Bulldogs and moves them to 16-6 on the season overall with a 5-1 district record.