In the teams’ first game of the State Tournament Saturday, it was the Graceville Ozone taking a 6-4 win over the Marianna Ozone team.
Kelbee Woodham took the mound for Graceville and picked up the win with Marianna countering with Isaiah Spencer.
In the top of the first inning, Neal Adams lit up the scoreboard when he took the third pitch over the fence for the first run of the game. Woodham helped himself out with a single, stole second before going to third on a wild pitch. With two outs, Tyler Deon drew a walk but a grounder back to the mound left two on base. Marianna had tied it in their half of the first. Spencer singled but was out on a double play ball. Brady Barber drew a four-pitch walk, went to second and third on passed balls before scoring when Griffin Tucker reached on an error. A strikeout ended the inning with Tucker on first.
Graceville’s Christian Myrick reached on an error in the second inning with two outs, but a strikeout ended the inning. Marianna’s Maxx Harkrider took one for the team in the second and with one out, moved to second on a single by Tanner Padgett. A strikeout and a groundout ended the inning with no runs crossing the plate.
Graceville was three up, three down in the third inning. Marianna scored two runs to take a 3-1 lead. Peyton Black drew a walk but was out on a fielder’s choice by Ty’Keise Facion. Spencer took one to the side to land on first safely. With two outs, Brady Barber drew a walk to load the bases before a pair of wild pitches plated two runs.
Graceville answered with two runs to tie the game in the fourth inning. Neal Adams doubled and moved to third on a sacrifice by Woodham. Zephaniah Brunson singled home Adams, and stole second. Tyler Deon drew a walk to put runners on the corners. Connor Dillard scored Brunson on a sacrifice to second before a popup to second ended the inning. Marianna added a run in the fourth to go up 4-3. With one out, Harkrider doubled, followed by Andrew Rush taking a hit to the hip. An error allowed Tanner Padgett to reach and load the bases. A fielder’s choice by Giovanni Wamble scored a run before a strikeout ended the inning.
Graceville countered with three runs in the fifth inning to take a 6-4 lead. With two outs, Anthony Watford walked, stole second, and moved to third on a wild pitch. Neal Adams picked up his third hit of the day, making him a triple shy of the cycle, and scored Watford with a single. Kelbee Woodham singled to score Adams while Zephaniah Brunson tripled home Woodham. A strikeout ended the inning.
Marianna was retired in order in the final two innings. Graceville went down one, two, three in the sixth.