The Marianna Bulldogs repeated their last year’s feat with another district championship last week with a 7-1 victory over Godby. Coach Bobby Hughes sent Cameron Gray to the mound. Gray went six innings, gave up no runs on six hits, two walks, and struck out six batters. Brolin VanHuss closed out the final inning, giving up no runs on one walk and struck out one batter.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Bulldogs plated one run. Cameron Gray led off with a walk but was out at second. With two outs, Max Harrell singled, stole second and scored on a double by Cody Gwin. A groundout ended the inning.
A two-out double by Ryan Reed in the second inning was the only offense for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs went down in order in the third inning. Cody Gwin drew a leadoff walk in the four, made it to third with Wilton Pittman drawing a walk to put runners on the corners. Neither runner was able to cross home plate.
The Bulldogs took advantage of a couple of miscues and timely hitting in fifth inning to add four runs, making it a 5-0 ballgame. Ryan Reed got it started with a walk and moved to second on a sac bunt by Pender Johnson. Cameron Gray reached on an error that scored Reed, with Josh Baxley following when he reached on an error to put runners on the corners. Maxx Harrell singled home a run before stealing second and scoring on a two-RBI double by Cody Gwin. A pair of groundouts to third ended the inning with one runner on base.
The final two runs came in the sixth inning when Nevin VanHuss took one for the team and moved to second on a bunt by Ryan Reed with both runners safe on the play. A double steal put runners on the corners for a sacrifice fly by Pender Johnson that scored VanHuss. With two outs, Josh Baxley was hit by a pitch, followed by an RBI single by Maxx Harrell. A flyout to second ended the inning but the Bulldogs had all the runs they needed for the win.
Congratulations to the Bulldogs, on their second consecutive district championship from the publisher and staff at the Jackson County Times.