The Marianna Bulldogs are headed to regionals after a solid 4-0 win over the Bay High Tornadoes at Bulldog Field last Tuesday night. Coach Bobby Hughes sent his ace, junior Cameron Gray to the mound for the big game and Gray did not disappoint, shutting out the Tornadoes. Gray allowed no runs, three hits, one walk, while fanning 11 batters.
Marianna struck early plating two runs in the first inning. Gray helped himself out at the plate with a leadoff double and scored with one out on a single by Maxx Harrell. Harrell stole second and with two outs, scored on a single by Caleb Torbett. A flyout to right field ended the inning with the Dogs leading 2-0.
Marianna scored one run in the second inning. Riley Torbett bunted safely to reach first but was out on an attempted steal of second. Randall Smith drew a walk and stole his way to third before Gray, with two outs, reached on an error that allowed Smith to score. A fly out to left field left Gray stranded on first.
Marianna added a run in the third inning with two outs in the inning. Caleb Torbett drew a walk and stole second base before a pair of passed balls allowed him to score. Brolin VanHuss drew a walk and moved to third on passed balls before a ground out ended the inning.
Marianna had opportunity in the fourth but could not execute a run. With one out, Smith laid down a bunt and stole second. But a pair of outs left him stranded on second.
Marianna went down in order in the fifth inning and sixth inning but had the win secured.
Marianna will travel to Jacksonville Tuesday to take on Bolles with a 6 p.m. first pitch.
Congratulations to the Marianna High School baseball team, their coaches, and parents on a great season from the publisher and staff at the Jackson County Times.