Put A Ring On It: Tate’s State Champion Softball Team Receives Rings

August 30, 2015

The Tate Lady Aggies won the Class 7A softball state championship last spring, and they were back in the spotlight Friday night as they received their state championship rings from Principal Rick Shackle and Escambia School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas. Photos by Jennifer Repine for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Wahoos Lose To Jackson

August 30, 2015

Pensacola managed three hits Saturday and dropped the second game of the five-game series against Jackson, 4-0, at The Ballpark in Jackson.

After five Blue Wahoos recorded multi-hit games and the club pounded out 11 hits in the opener, the General’s Misael Siverio gave up a season-best one hit in six innings of work and struck out five to improve to 5-11 on the year.

The Pensacola loss and Mississippi victory means the Blue Wahoos lead over the Braves fell to half a game in the South Division with eight to play. Pensacola moved to 35-27 in the second half of the Southern League, while Mississippi improved to 34-27.

The Blue Wahoos are trying to make the postseason for the first time since the team began in 2012. It would be the first time a Cincinnati Reds Double-A affiliate has been in the playoffs since Chattanooga in 2006 — the longest drought of any Southern League affiliate. Chattanooga lost to Huntsville in the first round.

In the eighth inning, Jackson added an insurance run to go up, 4-0, when first baseman John Lara singled to left field to score DH Guillermo Pimental from third.

Generals left fielder Jabari Henry hit a two-run homer, his ninth of the season, to left center field in the fifth inning that put Jackson ahead, 3-0.

Jackson got its first run in the fourth when Lara doubled in shortstop Tyler Smith.

After four bad starts in a row in which he failed to pitch five innings, Pensacola starter Sal Romano had a strong outing, allowing five hits in six innings, walking one and striking out two. Part of the problem was he had walked 10 batters in 12 innings. However, Romano earned the loss against Jackson and is 0-4 since moving up to Double-A Pensacola.

Pensacola right fielder Jesse Winker went 1-4, hitting safely in six straight games. But he got tossed from the game in his last at bat arguing a strike out call. Winker has hit in 20 of his 25 games this month and is batting .368 (32-87) in August and .313 in the second half.

The Blue Wahoos two other hits came when third baseman Mejias-Brean doubled in two at bats and second baseman Ryan Wright, who was 1-4, singled in the ninth inning.

Friday Night Football Finals

August 29, 2015

Here is a look at final scores from Friday night’s high school football games:

FLORIDA

  • Crestview 47, Northview 20 [More...]
  • Tate 38, Biloxi 7 [More...]
  • Flomaton 55, Jay 26 [More...]
  • Escambia 16, West Florida 7
  • Choctaw 48, Gulf Breeze 32
  • Navarre 57, Catholic 14
  • Milton 20, Washington 14 OT
  • Pine Forest 41, PHS 30
  • Pace 49, Fort Walton 28
  • Baker 26, Holmes County 14

ALABAMA

  • Flomaton 55, Jay 26 [More...]
  • W.S. Neal 42. Escambia County (Atmore) 14
  • T.R. Miller 17, Tallassee 14
  • Autauga Academy 28, Escambia Academy 18

Tate Opens Season With New Coach, Big Win Over Biloxi

August 29, 2015

New Tate High School football coach Jay Lindsey opened his career with the Aggies with a big 38-7 win over Biloxi.

The Aggies took the lead at Pete Gindl Stadium in Cantonment with 9:41 on the clock in the first on a 33-yard pass from Sawyer Smith to Reginald Payne. With a good kick from Evan Legassey, the Aggies were up 7-0. The Aggies struck again on a 24-yard run from Jack Henry with 6:47 to go in the first quarter. Then, with 2:46 to go in the first, Tate scored on a 2-yard quarterback keeper from Smith, 21-0. By halftime, the Aggies were up 24-0 with a second quarter 37-yard field goal from Legassey.

With 1:32 to go in the third, Alondo Thompkins added a 58-yard touchdown run.

The Tate Aggies will be at West Florida High next Friday night at 7:30.

Look for an upcoming gallery with more photos on NorthEscambia.com.

NorthEscambia.com photos by Jennifer Repine, click to enlarge.

6A Bulldogs Top The 1A Northview Chiefs

August 29, 2015

The 6A Crestview Bulldogs defeated the 1A Northview Chiefs 47-20 Friday night in Crestview.

Luke Ward added the first points on the night for the Chiefs on a 23-yard touchdown run. He scored again on an 80-yard run and on a 47-yard pass from quarterback Gavin Grant.

The Chiefs will sit out next Friday night as their only open date of the season.  On September 11, the Northview Chiefs will host the 6A Gulf Breeze Dolphins at Tommy Weaver Memorial Stadium in Bratt.

Look for an upcoming photo gallery with more pictures.

NorthEscambia.com photos by Gary Amerson, click to enlarge.

Flomaton Tops Jay

August 29, 2015

In their second week of play, the Flomaton Hurricanes spoiled the regular season opener for the Jay Royals 55-26 Friday night in Flomaton.

At the end of the first quarter, the Canes and Royals were tied at 13-13, but the Canes took the lead to never look back.

Flomaton (2-0)  will travel to Chatom, AL, next Friday night to take on Washington County, while the Royals will host Resurrection Catholic from Pascagoula, MS.

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NorthEscambia.com photos by Michele Gibbs, click to enlarge.

Wahoos Beat Generals

August 29, 2015

Pensacola right-hander Daniel Wright blanked Jackson on one hit through eight innings and the Blue Wahoos stayed on top of the South Division with nine game left in the season.

Wright end up lasting a season-high 8.1 innings and gave up one run on three hits as Pensacola defeated the Generals, 7-1, in the series opener Friday at The Ballpark at Jackson. Wright’s record improved to 10-10 with a 4.50 ERA this year.

Pensacola moved to 35-26 in the second half of the Southern League and remained in sole possession of first place 1.5 games ahead of Mississippi with nine games to play. The Braves also defeated Biloxi, 7-1, to move to 33-27.

Pensacola left fielder Jesse Winker was 2-4 with a double and two RBIs. He has hit in 19 of his 24 games this month. He is hitting .373 (31-83) in August and .316 in the second half.

The Cincinnati Reds top prospect currently holds the Pensacola Triple Crown, leading the team with 13 home runs, 55 RBIs and a .280 batting average.

Pensacola, which smacked 11 hits in the game, had four other players with multi-hit games, including shortstop Alex Blandino (2-5 with one RBI), center fielder Beau Amaral (2-4, two runs scored, one RBI), DH Juan Duran (2-5 with a run scored), and third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean (2-5 with a run scored).

Ernest Ward Middle Topples Jay, 22-20

August 28, 2015

Ernest Ward Middle School opened their football season with a 22-20 win over the Jay Royals Thursday night in Walnut Hill. The EWMS Eagles will travel to T.R. Miller on September 3.

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Northview Fans ‘Meet The Chiefs’ (With Gallery)

August 28, 2015

Northview High School’s Quarterback Club held a “Meet the Chiefs” event Thursday evening, giving fans a chance to get to know the team prior to the start of the regular season Friday night. Fans also had a chance to meet the cheerleaders and dance team. The Chiefs will travel to Crestview Friday night to take on the Bulldogs in a non-district game.

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Wahoos Rally, Up 1.5 Games In South Division

August 28, 2015

All second half of the Southern League season, left fielder Jesse Winker came through with a big hit when Pensacola needed it.

Winker’s last one — a double in the right field corner in the eighth inning — was the biggest and came under the most pressure.

It not only cleared the loaded bases by driving in three runs to catapult the Blue Wahoos back into the lead, 9-8, over the Mississippi Braves, it put Pensacola 1.5 games up on the Braves in the race for the playoffs in the second half of the Southern League’s South Division.

By the end of the eighth inning, Pensacola had scored five runs and beat Mississippi, 11-8, and received a standing ovation from its 23rd sellout of 5,038 Thursday night at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium.

Pensacola improved to 34-26 in the second half and remained in sole possession of first place, while Mississippi fell to 32-27.

With 10 games left in the season, this is the latest Pensacola has been in first place since July 22, 2012 in its first season.

Winker said he was looking for a fastball to hit deep and at least get a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded. Instead, he ripped a line drive to reach base all five times he came to bat. Winker was 2-2 with a double, four RBIs, three runs and walked three times. The last time he got on base five times was on June 11, 2014 for the Bakersfield Blaze.

“How sweet,” said Winker, who was drenched with water by his teammates after the game. “It was unbelievable with the playoff atmosphere, plus PK’s (manager Pat Kelly) birthday. It was real cool. It was a real fun game to be a part of.”

Winker has hit in 18 of his 23 games this month. He is hitting .367 (29-79) in August and .312 in the second half. The Cincinnati Reds top prospect currently holds the Pensacola Triple Crown, leading the team with 13 home runs, 53 RBIs and a .278 batting average.

In top of the fifth inning with Pensacola leading, 4-1, the video board flashed birthday wishes to Pensacola manager Pat Kelly, who turned 60 Thursday. One photo was him with a mustache during his minor league playing days and the other a shot from this season. He tipped his cap to the crowd and smiled.

However, Mississippi scored five runs after that in the fifth. Braves right fielder KD Kang came through with a three-run homer to left to knot the game, 4-4. Kang has reached base in 29 straight road games this year, the longest streak in the Southern League this season.

Then, the Braves second baseman Levi Hyams drove in two more runs on a line drive over the head of Pensacola center fielder Phillip Ervin to put Mississippi ahead, 6-4.

Mississippi added two more runs to go ahead, 8-4, in the seventh inning when Pensacola shortstop Alex Blandino threw wide of first base trying to turn a double play that allowed the Braves third baseman Rio Ruiz and catcher Matt Kennelly to score.

Pensacola entered the game 3-56 when trailing in the seventh inning.

“It was fantastic,” Kelly said of Pensacola’s rally in the eighth inning to win the game. “We were dead in the water. I thought, ‘Man, we are really in trouble.’”

But right fielder Juan Duran laced a low line drive single to centerfield with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh inning to bring home Blandino and Winker and pull the Blue Wahoos within, 8-6. He ended up going 2-4 with a three-run home run for five RBIs on the night.

Duran’s homer in the third inning was Pensacola’s 16th dinger in 24 games. After hitting just 25 home runs in the first half, the Blue Wahoos have clobbered 76 home runs on the season, which is third best in the Southern League.

Winker and Kelly both expressed optimism about making the playoffs with a series against the Jackson Generals in Tennessee and then its final homestand against Mobile at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium.

“We are all locked in on what we can do to win,” Winker said. “It’s something special to be a part of. I hope we go there (to Jackson) and take five.”

Kelly said beating Mississippi in a five-game series for the first time this season is huge.

“This puts us in a great position by winning it,” Kelly said. “It takes us to the Jackson series with some momentum. We’re going into that series in good spirits.”

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