TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – A complete game from Marianna sophomore pitcher Cameron Gray helped the Bulldogs win the 5A District 2 championship against Godby 7-3.
Godby could not hang on to the ball on defense and it cost them.
The Marianna Bulldogs (23-6, 5-1) scored two quick runs in the first inning. The first run, scored by Gray, came on a double steal where he stole home. The second run came on a wild pitch thrown by senior pitcher Carmen Calabrese, where Josh Baxly scored.
The Bulldogs scored again in the second and third innings, off of a throwing error and a wild pitch, and the game looked like it might get out of hand, but Godby (15-9-1, 4-2) kept their heads up and scored three runs in the third inning.
“We put the ball in play a bunch and got a couple runs we scratched back,” said Godby head coach Jayson Strickland. “Unfortunately we turned around and letdown on defense and let them right back in the game.”
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Pitchers Colby Maroney and Nick Piazza combined for six shutout innings, Jordan Latimer had a 2 RBI double, and the JPII Panthers beat North Florida Christian for the first time in school history 4-3.
“The boys played really well,” JPII coach Ken Silvestri said. “They were alert, awake, and had a lot of fun. They’ve been practicing really well, but we just haven’t been playing games very well. I just keep telling them, if you ever play a game like you practice, good things are going to happen. They played today like they’ve been practicing.”
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Lincoln Trojans withstood a late surge from the Leon Lions, winning 2-1 in this rivalry game. The Trojans scored their runs early, both coming in the second inning off of a single from senior second baseman Trevor McElroy.
The Trojan (16-4, 4-1) defense kept the Lions (10-13, 1-4) at bay, leaving their runners stranded almost every inning – including a bases-loaded double play to end the game.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The last time Maclay played Godby, the Cougars won 8-2. This game, however, was completely different. Billy Grant pitched seven scoreless innings for Maclay and Max McKinley recorded four RBI, leading the Marauders to a 12-0 victory.
“We showed up today,” said Maclay coach Drew Sherrod. “That first time, for whatever reason, we didn’t play well. We didn’t throw strikes, and when we did throw strikes, we couldn’t catch or throw the ball. We also took terrible bats at the plate. When you do all of those things, you get your butt kicked.”
The Marauders sure didn’t get their butts kicked this time. They started the game by getting three straight runners on base. Grant then hit a deep single, driving in Jack Brady and Matt Caballero. This gave Maclay a 2-0 lead.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Lincoln Trojans (13-4) stayed a perfect 7-0 at home after Tuesday night’s 6-4 win against the Forest High Wildcats (12-5). Starting pitcher for the Trojans Austin Pollock pitched three scoreless innings (4 total) to fend off the Wildcat offense before giving up three runs in the top of the fourth.
“I haven’t brought it up. I thought about it a couple times,” states Coach Vallese of Lincoln. “It’s great to come into your own place and know what you’re doing. Feeling that way down the road in the playoffs, that’s going to be big for us.”
TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (franchisesportsonline.net) – In last night’s district game at Bobby Benson field, Maclay overpowered the Lions from start to finish for a 13-3 victory. The Marauders need to maintain this momentum when they take on the Jesuit Tigers and number 5 ranked IMG Academy this weekend in Tampa. The following week, the Marauders will play three home games, two of which are against teams ranked in the top 20 in the state of Florida.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The hits just kept coming for Godby.
Triston Anderson, Austin King and Casey Harrell all had three hits for the Cougars and Logan Lacy had four himself.
In all the Cougars (3-3) racked up 18 hits and 25 runs, routing East Gadsden 25-1 in five innings. Godby scored three in the first, two in the second, 16 in the third and added another four in the fourth for good measure.
“It was nice to come out and swing the bats tonight after we went scoreless against Lincoln,” Godby coach Jayson Strickland said. “The one thing we talked about is staying back and letting the ball travel through the zone. Our big group of seniors have been hearing us preach that the last 2-3 years. They stayed back tonight and drove the ball, sot that was great to see.”
Lacy went 4-for-4 with a couple of triples and three RBI. Both of Brantley Yount’s hits came in the 16-run third. The first a two-run double, and the second a monster three-run homer deep over the left field fence that made the score 20-1.
Dylan Hutto made his first career varsity start for Godby, completing the game with 11 strikeouts in five innings work. Hutto struck out the side in both the fourth and fifth inning.
“He stayed in the strike zone, and we struggled with that earlier this week,” Strickland said. “To pound the zone like he did, and to keep throwing strikes even after sitting for long periods of time, he did a really good job tonight.”
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) –The Baby Rattlers outlasted North Florida Educational Institute 75-60 on Tuesday night, advancing to the 2A Region 1 Final.
It was the third time in three years that these two teams had met in the Regional Semi-Finals, and as expected, it was a physical game. A total of five players fouled out (two from FAMU DRS and three from NFEI) and at the end of the game, the Eagles only had four players on the court.
“They (NFEI) are a good, athletic bunch,” said FAMU DRS coach Sean Crowe after the game. “And we consider ourselves to be a physical team, so it can be very difficult sometimes to get a clean game.”
Davis and Wooden led the FAMU DRS in scoring with 14 points apiece. Savon Brintley led all scoring with 19 points. Pierce also added 18 points for the Eagles.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The Lincoln Trojans and the Leon Lions meet once again for the second time in postseason play. The Trojans came out on top winning 57-52 at home in a high-intensity game.
Both teams spent the first two quarters feeling each other out; the combined score was 41 points at the half; Leon shooting 33% from the field, while Lincoln shot 30%. The second half is where the action really picked up.