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Marianna AA All-Stars compete at State Tournament

Luke Thomas slides home safely for the 9th run of the game Luke Thomas slides home safely for the 9th run of the game Contributed

The Marianna AA All-Stars traveled to Sebring for the state tournament last Friday for the opening ceremonies.  They settled in the for the night after the meal and celebratory opening to be fresh for the early morning game Saturday.  The first game did not go as planned, forcing the young seven and eight-year-old all-stars to play again Saturday.  Second game was a charm and the boys had the rest of the day to enjoy some down time.  Sunday, they had to be right back at it in the early a.m.  Although they didn’t come home with a state championship, they came home with the same great attitudes and sportsmanship they left with.  Give me a team with heart over a championship team of attitude any day of the week.  Congratulations to the 2017 Marianna AA Machine Pitch All-Stars players, coaches, and parents.

Game one was against an always tough West Seminole and they Marianna team was handed a 14-4 loss.  Marianna scored two runs in the first inning.  Keyton Foster reached on an error and moved to second on a single by Cooper Castleberry.  On a double steal Castleberry was out going to second before Luke Thomas doubled home Foster.  With two outs, Ben Proctor singled to score the final run of the inning.  

Marianna was retired in order in the second inning but added two runs in the third.  Landon Cornelius took advantage of a West Seminole miscue to reach first safely.  Tyler White sacrificed Cornelius to second before back-to-back singles by Garrison Mitchell and Treyshonn Collins scored a run.  Keyton Foster hit into a fielder’s choice, followed by singles to Cooper Castleberry and Luke Thomas to finish out the scoring for the third inning.

With two outs, singles by Jordan Broxton, Bryce Mitchell, and Jackson Kent loaded the bases but none were able to cross the plate.  Marianna went down one, two, three in the fifth inning.  

In the sixth inning, Keyton Foster reached on a West Seminole error but a double play ball followed to clear the bases.  Luke Thomas singled but was out on a fielder’s choice to end the inning.  

In game two, the Marianna All-Stars came back with a win on their minds and they wasted no time in showing their opposition they meant business.   The Marianna squad scored one in the first inning.  Keyton Foster led off with a singled, stole second and scored on a single by Jordan Broxton.

The Marianna bats came alive in the second inning and three runs crossed the plate to make it a 4-3 game.  Ben Proctor reached on an error and moved to second on a sac by Bryce Mitchell.  Jackson Kent singled to score Proctor before Kent took advantage of a strikeout to score.  Tyler White singled and stole his way to third before scoring on a passed ball before a strikeout ended the inning.  

Marianna continued their scoring frenzy in the fourth inning, adding seven runs to go up 11-4. Treyshonn Collins singled to lead things off and showed his speed when he stole second.  Keyton Foster singled, followed by Jordan Broxton singling to load the bases.  Cooper Castleberry singled to score Collins and Foster.  Luke Thomas tripled to score a pair of runs before scoring on a single by Steven Stewart.  With two outs, Bryce Mitchell singled to score Stewart and moved to second on a single by Jackson Kent.  Landon Cornelius singled to score the final runs of the inning.

Marianna added their final three runs in the fourth and final inning with the game called on the mercy rule.  Tyler White singled and scored on a single by Garrison Mitchell. Treyshonn Collins ended the game with a single and made his way around the bases to score.  

The early morning game Sunday ended the Marianna team’s hope of a state championship but the team played their hearts out till the final out was made.  Marianna fell 11-0 in a hard-fought battle against a very tough South Sumpter team who had put runs on the board like nobody’s business including a 25-0 win on Saturday.  The defense held them to 11 and that was considered a victory for the Marianna squad.  Garrison Mitchell and Keyton Foster recorded the two hits in the game for Marianna.  

Congratulations to the Marianna AA All-Stars on their state run from the publisher and staff of the Jackson County Times.

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