Wahoos Win 5-2 Over Biloxi

April 18, 2019

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos bounced back from Tuesday’s heartbreaking loss with a hard-fought 5-2 win over the Shuckers Wednesday night at MGM Park.

Pensacola, after not scoring a run until the tenth inning of last night’s loss, wasted no time getting on the board in Wednesday’s middle game. With two on and one out in the first, Braden Webb (L, 0-3) issued back-to-back walks to bring home Jordan Gore. Webb was removed in the first inning after throwing 37 pitches.

The Wahoos were right back at it in the second, plating home two more thanks to RBI singles from Gore and Brian Schales to put the Wahoos up 3-0. Biloxi had a response of their own in the bottom of the second inning plating home a pair of runs.

For the reigning Southern League Pitcher of Week, Devin Smeltzer, the two runs allowed in the second inning were his first two all season. However, he responded in the third and fourth, retiring six of the next seven Shuckers in order.

The game took a turn for the worst in the bottom of the fifth inning when Smeltzer was struck in the back of the head from a line drive off the bat of Max McDowell. Smeltzer lay on the ground motionless for several moments while he was tended to by the medical staffs from both clubs. Fortunately, he was able to rise to his feet and walk off the field on his own power.

Adam Bray (W, 1-1) was called into the game and was brilliant for the Blue Wahoos as the right-hander hurled three shutout innings en route to his first win of the season. Ramon Borrego turned the ball over to Sam Clay in the eighth inning, and the former Georgia Tech product pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth inning to earn his first save of the year.

This was an unorthodox game compared to Tuesday’s pitching duel. The Wahoo batters were hit five different times, including Joe Cronin who was hit three times including once in the head by Aaron Kurcz. Cronin would however remain in the game uninjured. Pensacola also drew seven walks and stranded 16 men on base by the game’s conclusion.

The Wahoos have two chances to pick up their third series win of the season beginning tomorrow night when RHP Griffin Jax (0-0, 0.00) takes the hill for Pensacola. He will be opposed by RHP Thomas Jankins (1-0, 2.25)

High School Softball, Baseball Roundup

April 17, 2019

SOFTBALL

Northview 14, Chipley 0

The Northview Lady Chiefs shut out Chipley 14-0 in five innings Tuesday night in Chipley.

Tori Herrington pitched the win with nine strikeouts.

At the plate for Northview: Herrington 1-2; Ashley Ragsdale 3-4, 2RBI; Aubree Love 2-4, 2 RBI; Mikayla Jeneske 2-3, RBI; Heather Knowles 1-3, 2RBI; Lydia Smith 1-3, 2RBI; Valen Shelley 1-1.

Niceville 5, Tate 3 (10 innings)

The Tate Lady Aggies fell to Niceville Tuesday night 5-3 in 10 innings.

At the end of seven, the game was tied at 3-all when Niceville scored two runs in the top of the 10th.

Shelby McLean led the Lady Aggies with two hits in four at bats.

Avery Beauchanie allowed five run on 12 hits while walking three and striking out three in a full 10 innings on the mound for Tate.

Williams, John Pinette, Tekoah Roby, and Christian Munoz all had multiple hits for Pine Forest

BASEBALL

Choctawhatchee 14, Tate 9

The Tate Aggies fell to a Choctawhatchee Tuesday night 14-9.

Trevor Norton, Mason Land and Jordan Jarman had two hits each to lead the Aggies.

Tate 6 Choctawhatchee 4 (JV)

The junior varsity Tate Aggies beat Choctaw 6-4 Tuesday.

Pine Forest 5, Pensacola Catholic 4

Pine Forest defeated Pensacola Catholic 5-4 Tuesday.

Timmy Williams earned the win for Pine Forest, allowing four hits and one run on three hits while walking one and striking out one.

Lady Chiefs Beat T.R. Miller; Tate Freshmen Top Navarre

April 16, 2019

SOFTBALL

Northview 14, T.R. Miller 1

Northview 8, T.R. Miller 6 (JV)

The Northview Chiefs defeated T.R. Miller 14-1 Monday night in Brewton.

Tori Herrington earned the win with 11 strikeouts while going 2-4 with one RBI at the plate

Also for Northview: Kaitlin Gafford 3-6, 2 RBI; Ashley Ragsdale 2-4, 1 RBI; Aubree Love 5-5, 4 RBI; Mikayla Jeneske 2-5, 2 RBI; Nevaeh Brown 1-1, 1 RBI; Heather Knowles 2-5, 2 RBI; Rylee Huskey 1-1, 1 RBI.

BASEBALL

Tate 7, Navarre 3

The Tate Freshmen Aggies beat Navarre Monday 7-3. The freshmen are now 10-0-1 on the year and will have a home game against West Florida on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Blue Wahoos Top The Biloxi Shuckers

April 16, 2019

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos once again rode dominant starting pitching and timely offense to another one-run victory as they defeated the Biloxi Shuckers 4-3 at MGM Park.

Pensacola’s offense supplied the talented right-hander with three runs in the top of the first inning, capped off by Brian Schales’s two-run home run off Marcos Diplan (L, 0-1) to put the visitors up 3-0. At one point the Wahoos led 4-0 after Mark Contreras’s RBI sac fly that scored Jimmy Kerrigan.

Alcala’s only hiccup came in the sixth inning when he surrendered a two-run double to Biloxi’s Patrick Leonard. Manager Ramon Borrego went to the bullpen immediately after and brought in Jovani Moran, who recorded the final out of the inning.

Biloxi added a third when C.J. Hinojosa belted a solo home run to open up the eighth inning. Moran tried to finish out the frame, but after issuing a four-pitch walk to Leonard, Borrego again went to his bullpen and asked Dusten Knight to record the final four outs of the game.

After a sensational catch on a line drive from Luis Aviles Jr to end the eighth, Knight retired the Shuckers in order, including striking out the final two batters. After striking out Trent Grisham, Knight performed his signature backflip before celebrating with his teammates.

The Wahoos improved their Southern League-best record to 8-3 while Biloxi fell to 5-6. Game two of the series continues Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m. Top pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol will start for the Wahoos and will be opposed by Trey Supak.

Blue Wahoos Top Shrimp

April 15, 2019

- On a picture-perfect sunny Sunday afternoon at Blue Wahoos Stadium, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos completed their first comeback win of the season, beating the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 4-3 thanks to a late two-run double by Jimmy Kerrigan and strong relief outings from Sean Poppen (W, 1-0) and Ryan Mason (S, 2).

Jacksonville took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run home run by John Silviano, just the second time this season the Blue Wahoos have allowed their opponent to score first.

Tanner English responded immediately in the home half of the first inning, leading off and hitting the first pitch thrown to him over the fence in left to cut Jacksonville’s lead in half.

After allowing two in the first, Blue Wahoos starter Andro Cutura settled in and put zeroes on the board the next three innings. Jacksonville added an additional run in the fifth, stringing together three straight singles with two outs to increase their lead to 3-1.

Jumbo Shrimp starting pitcher Cody Poteet was excellent early, allowing just the first pitch homer. But, the Wahoos caught up to him in the sixth inning.

Four straight Blue Wahoos batters singled to lead off the sixth inning with Jordan Gore, Luis Arraez, Brian Schales, and Mitchell Kranson each consecutively knocking base hits. With the bases loaded and no outs, Jimmy Kerrigan dropped a double down the right field line, scoring two and giving Pensacola a 4-3 lead.

Cuture finished with a line of 5.0 innings pitched, eight hits and three runs allowed, no walks, and two strikeouts. Poppen entered in the sixth, throwing two one-hit innings of scoreless relief and striking out four to earn his first victory of the season. Mason didn’t allow a hit in 2.0 scoreless, striking out three on his way to his second save.

Today’s win improves the Blue Wahoos record to a Southern League best 7-3 while Jacksonville falls to 4-6. Pensacola heads on the road to Biloxi tomorrow for a five-game series against the Shuckers.

Northview’s Kite Places Third In 1A State Weightlifting Meet

April 14, 2019

Northview High School’s Tent Kite finished third in the 129-pound weight class Saturday at the FHSAA 1A State Weightlifting Championship in Panama City.

Kite had best bench press of 240 lbs. and a best clean/jerk of 195 lbs. for a total 435, just five behind the second place finisher from River Ridge High School.

He placed second in the state meet last year.

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Northview, Jay Track Athletes Advance To Regionals

April 14, 2019

Regional track results:

Northview High School

The boy’s track team placed second overall, while the girl’s team place third.

The following Northview track athletes will advance to regionals in Jacksonville:

Chris Nordman in triple jump
Ray Bush in long jump
Karlee Criswell in high jump
Sarius Davis in the 400m
Nene Findley, Lexi Broadhead, Keyshawn Breedlove, Dainel Merrit, Quay Thomas, Jarius Moorer in the 100m
Nene Findley, Daniel Merrit, and Keyshawn Breedlove in the 200m
Girl’s and Boy’s 4×100m Nene Findley, Lexi Broadhead, Korelis Morales, Sarius Davis, Daniel Merritt, Keyshawn Breedlove, Quay Thomas, Jarius Moorer
Girl’s and Boy’s 4×400m Nene Findley, Karlee Criswell, Sarius Davis, Taylor Lashley, Keaton Brown, Colby Morris, Daniel Meritt, Jarius Moorer

Jay High School

Jillian Thornton placed first in the girl’s high jump.

The following Jay girls track athletes will advance to regionals:

Jillian Thornton: 400m and High Jump
Hannah Whitlock: 1600m
Alyssa Chavis: 100m Hurdles and 4×100m
Amber Cross: 4×100m
Lexi Copeland: 4×100m
Amber Cross: 4×100m
Landry Cato: Pole Vault

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Top The Blue Wahoos

April 14, 2019

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos continued their stretch of incredible starting pitching on Saturday evening at Blue Wahoos Stadium, but the team fell 1-0 in a late-inning loss to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

Griffin Jax took the mound for the Wahoos and delivered another scoreless start. He went 6.0 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits while striking out four.

The Jumbo Shrimp countered with Jordan Yamamoto, who was just as good, allowing just one hit over 5.0 shutout innings and striking out four.

The game turned into a bullpen battle late, and Jacksonville came out on top. Adam Bray entered in the seventh for the Blue Wahoos and set the Jumbo Shrimp down in order, but gave up the game’s only run in the eighth.

Jacksonville’s Magneuris Sierra singled to right with two outs in the eighth inning and quickly stole second. After Brian Miller walked, Justin Twine pushed a single through the left side of the infield, scoring Sierra and giving Jacksonville the 1-0 lead.

Out of the Jumbo Shrimp bullpen, Jordan Milbrath (W) threw 2.0 scoreless innings, striking out four. Dylan Lee (S) also threw 2.0 scoreless, earning his first save of the season.

The loss drops the Blue Wahoos’ record to 6-3 on the season, still good for first place in the Southern League South and the best overall record in the league. Jacksonville improves to 4-5 with the win. The two teams will finish their five-game set Sunday afternoon .

Northview Gets District Win Against Chipley (With Gallery)

April 13, 2019

Northview 3, Chipley 0

The Northview Chiefs picked up another big district win Friday night with a 3-0 shutout of Chipley.

Seth Killam pitched the win for the Chiefs. He lasted six innings, allowing no runs on four hits and striking out 11. Nick Venable earned the save out of the bullpen with the last three outs.

Killam , Venable , Jacob Bryant, Tanner Levins and Jackson Moore each had one hit for Northview.

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Softball: Northview Splits With Jay (With Gallery); Tate Gets Big Win Over Milton

April 13, 2019

Jay 9, Jay 1
Northview 5, Jay 3 (JV)

The Jay Royals defeated the Northview Chiefs 9-1 in a varsity district game Friday night in Bratt, while the JV Lady Chiefs defeated Jay 5-3.

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Tate 10, Milton 1
Tate 14, Milton7

The Tate Lady Aggies cruised to an easy 10-1 win over Milton Friday night in Milton.

Avery Beauchanie earned the victory for the Lady Aggies, giving up one run on one hit in seven innings, while striking out five.

Beauchanie, Shelby McClean, Gabby Locke, Amber Decoux and Ryleigh Cawby each had a couple of hits for Tate.

Pictured: Jay defeats Northview in Bratt. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

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