Ernest Ward High 50-Year Multi-Class Reunion Scheduled

July 16, 2018

The Ernest Ward High School Class of 1968 will host a multi-class reunion for the classes of 1967, 1968 and 1969 on Saturday, August 4, at the Walnut Hill Ruritan Club building at 7 p.m.

To RSVP or for more information, call Karen (Pitts) Brown 850-327-4523, Brenda (Clark) Berry 850-327-6435, Renee’ (Blanton) Godwin (850) 327-6757 or Mike Hanks (251) 368-4660.

Wahoos Tie Series In Wild 11th Inning Win Over M-Braves

July 16, 2018

In the third straight extra innings game between the Blue Wahoos and the Mississippi Braves, the Wahoos found a way to come out on top, 12-9, Sunday night at Trustmark Park.

Already leading 2-1, the Braves scored three runs in the third inning and chased Wahoos starter Wyatt Strahan from the game after the second consecutive bases-loaded walk. The Blue Wahoos were quick to respond and get their starter off the hook with four runs in the fourth inning. Pensacola used walks to Cassidy Brown and TJ Frield along with a Jose Siri double, and singles from Mitch Nay and Shed Long to do the damage and even the game at 5-5.

With the Wahoos trailing by a run, Nay homered in the sixth inning to even the game at 6-6. Pensacola took the lead when Luis Gonzalez dashed home on a dropped throw at second base when the Braves tried to throw out Brown advancing on a wild pitch. Mississippi quickly responded and tied the game in the seventh inning to set up extra innings.

Both teams scored their designated runners in the 10th before Pensacola opened it up with a four-run 11th inning. The Blue Wahoos chipped away with two singles, an error and a walk to saddle the Braves and reliever Kelvin Vasquez (L, 3-2) with the loss.

The night after he suffered the loss in the 10th inning, Carlos Navas (W, 4-1) by giving up just the one run to the designated runner in Sunday’s contest.

The seesaw game went back and forth all night and featured 13 different pitchers combined who walked a total of 15 batters with 16 strikeouts. There were five errors between the two teams and Braves manager Chris Maloney got ejected for the second time in the series. Both teams combined for 29 hits in a game that lasted four hours and one minute.

The Blue Wahoos got multi-hit games from Nay, Gavin LaValley, Narciso Crook and Brown. Brown and Nay each finished with three hits to pace the offense. LaValley led the charge with three RBI.

The series wraps up on Monday night with LHP Seth Varner (4-1, 2.60) starting for the Blue Wahoos against M-Braves RHP Enderson Franco (4-6, 3.61).