Tate Lady Aggies Win District 1-7A Softball Championship

April 21, 2015

The Tate High School Lady Aggies won the District 1-7A softball championship Monday night 6-4 over Niceville.

In the fifth inning, Tate’s Casey McCrackin hit a three-run homer, followed by a home run from Savannah Rowell.  Tate hitters were Casey McCrackin 1-3, 2R, 3 RBI; Savannah Rowell 1-3, R, RBI; Tori Perkins 1-4, 2 RBI; Lauren Brennan R; Hadley Starratt R; Savannah Ulrich R.

The Tate Lady Aggies will play host to Tallahassee Lincoln at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the regional quarterfinals.

Northview Assistant Coach Headed To Tennessee

April 21, 2015

Northview High School assistant football coach Derek Marshman has announced that he’s headed to a new job in Tennessee.

Marshman has been named an assistant coach at Signal Mountain High School just outside Chattanooga. There, he will join the school’s new head coach, Ty Wise. Marshman and Wise were part of the coaching staff that led the Northview Chiefs to a state football championship in 2012. Wise departed in 2013 to take the head coaching job at Graceville.

Marshman will remain at Northview through the end of the school year before moving to Tennessee with his family, including his wife Brittany, a teacher at Byrneville Elementary School.

“It was a great opportunity for my entire family,” Marshman said Monday night. “We visited this past weekend for the first time, and it was just beautiful up there. The entire town just blew us away.”

Marshman said he will miss the Northview Chiefs, which he predicted will do great things this fall.

“There’s a really good group of juniors moving up as leaders. Northview will have a very strong team this fall.”

Pictured top: Northview assistant coach Derek Marksman (center) is resigning and taking a job in Tennessee. Pictured inset: Marshman reacts to the Chiefs falling behind during a home game. Pictured below: Marshman calls a play. NorthEscambia.com file photos, click to enlarge.

Wahoos Beat Barons

April 21, 2015

Scoring one run in six different innings, the bats slowly came to life as the Pensacola Blue Wahoos topped the Birmingham Barons 6-5 in the first game of the series.

Pensacola posted season highs in almost every offensive category in tonight’s win with highs in runs (6), hits (11), doubles (7), triples (2), RBIs (6), walks (8) and extra base hits (9).

It started in the third inning as Juan Silva doubled to start the inning. Sean Buckley drove him home with a soft fly ball single to the right field as the Blue Wahoos took a 1-0 lead.

RHP Robert Stephenson made his first start since Opening Day and posted four strikeouts in the first two innings. The bats also came to life for the Barons in the third inning as Jeremy Farrell homered to right center. In the next at bat, Joey DeMichele got a triple and then scored off of Tim Anderson’s single to right field. Anderson stole two bases and then scored off of a sac fly by Christian Marrero.

Despite the Barons three runs in the third, the momentum continued to build for the Blue Wahoos as the team scored a run in the fourth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth inning to win the game. Marquez Smith scored in the fourth off of a sac fly by Chris Berset. In the sixth inning, Juan Silva was walked home.

The Barons held on tight as Birmingham came to bat in the sixth inning and scored their final run of the night to head into the last third of the game with a 5-3 lead.

Smith doubled in the seventh inning and then was brought home off the bat of Seth Mejias-Brean as he registered a triple. The Blue Wahoos tied the game back up in the eighth inning as Silva scored off of a single by Jesse Winker.

Mejias-Brean drove in Kyle Waldrop for the final run of the game in the top of the ninth to give the Wahoos their third win of the season.

Carlos Gonzalez got his first win of the season after throwing one inning of relief in the eighth as Ben Klimesh got his first save of the year by allowing only one hit in the ninth. Stephenson finished the night with 5.1 IP, 6 H, 5R, 2 BB, 9 SO and 1 HR.

Since the Wahoos scored five runs in tonight’s game, fans win with 50% off Papa John’s pizza when they order online using promo code WAHOOS on Tuesday, April 21.

The two teams will square off Tuesday night in Birmingham at 7:05 p.m.

Blue Wahoos At Smokies Rained Out

April 20, 2015

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos’ series finale against the Tennessee Smokies was postponed on Sunday due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader in Pensacola on Wednesday, May 6th beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Pensacola hosts Tennessee next month on May 5-9. This is the third game postponed due to rain for the Blue Wahoos this season.

The Blue Wahoos travel to Birmingham to face the Barons in a five-game series with the opening game scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Monday night. Scheduled to take the mound is RHP Robert Stephenson (0-1, 4.76) for Pensacola and RHP Frankie Montas (0-0, 1.69) for Birmingham.

The Blue Wahoos return home to Pensacola Bayfront Stadium on April 25 against the Biloxi Shuckers.

Smokies Top Blue Wahoos

April 19, 2015

After splitting a doubleheader on Friday night, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos dropped its Saturday night game against the Tennessee Smokies 7-1. Smokies’ pitcher Felix Pena pitched a gem giving up one run through six innings of work to clinch the series between the two teams. The series finale is Sunday at 1:05 p.m. CT.

LHP Wandy Peralta had a strong start with one hit in two innings until he gave up three runs to the Smokies on three hits in the third. After giving up a fourth run in the fifth inning, RHP Jacob Johnson came into the game in only his second relief appearance of the year.

The only run for the Blue Wahoos came in the top of the fourth. LF Sean Buckley started the inning with a double to left field and proceeded to score off of a single from 1B Kyle Waldrop. In the first inning, RF Jesse Winker hit a single to extend his on-base streak to six games.

Johnson gave up a three-run homer to Willson Contreras in the sixth inning as the Wahoos’ bats were unable to come to life with only one hit in the final four innings of the game. Smokies’ Fernando Cruz gained the save with three innings of work.

RHP Chad Rogers came into the game in the eighth and threw a hitless inning with two strikeouts while RHP Drew Hayes closed the game giving up only one hit.

The Blue Wahoos return to Pensacola Saturday, April 25th against the Biloxi Shuckers.

Blue Wahoos Split Doubleheader With Smokies

April 18, 2015

The Blue Wahoos split Friday night’s doubleheader against the Tennessee Smokies on an evening where Pensacola’s starting pitchers, Daniel Wright and Tim Adleman, combined for 11 strikeouts and only allowed four hits. The Smokies took the first game 1-0 while the Wahoos won the second game 4-1.

The first game of the doubleheader was a pitchers’ duel with the teams garnering a combined six hits. After giving up six runs in 2.2 innings of work in his first start of the year, RHP Wright gave up no runs and two hits in five innings before being relieved by RHP Kevin Shackleford. RHP Ivan Pineyro took the mound for the Smokies also only gave up two hits in six innings of work.

Shackleford walked C Kyle Schwarber in the bottom of the seventh inning, advanced to second on a single by 1B Dan Vogelbach and then to third on a wild pitch. RF Bijan Rademacher singled through the hole at second base to drive in Schwarber for the walk-off win.

The pitching duel continued into the second game with RHP Tim Adleman throwing 59 pitches, 44 for strikes, in five innings. Reliever Carlos Gonzalez had a strong showing in the bottom of the sixth inning giving up a hit.

First baseman Kyle Waldrop started the second game with a home run in the second inning to give the Blue Wahoos an early 1-0 lead. This marked his second home run in seven games this year.

RHP Ben Klimesh came in for the save in the seventh inning but the Smokies tied it up with a run by Rademacher. In the eighth inning, RHP Kyle McMyne came into the game and threw a one-hit inning to give the Wahoos another chance in the top of the ninth.

After a hitless day, RF Jesse Winker hit a double in the ninth inning and advanced to third after Beau Amaral reached base on a fielding error by first baseman Dustin Geiger. Amaral then reached second on a wild pitch by RHP Zach Cates. Waldrop drove in Winker with a sacrifice fly to left field and then Amaral scored on a pair of errors by second baseman Stephen Bruno. Zach Vincej had the final run of the night after scoring off of a double by 2B Juan Perez.

McMyne returned to the mound and closed out the game to secure the win for the Blue Wahoos. This was his first win since July 1, 2014 for the Bakersfield Blaze.

LHP Wandy Peralta (1-0, 0.00) is scheduled to take the mound for the Wahoos against RHP Frank Batista (1-0, 1.50) on Saturday night at 6:05 p.m.

The Blue Wahoos return to Pensacola Saturday, April 25th against the Biloxi Shuckers.

Tate Aggies Wrap Regular Season At 21-4 With Milton Win

April 17, 2015

The Tate High School Aggies beat Milton Thursday night 3-1 to end the regular season with at 21-4.

For Tate, Jared Hatch picked up his first varsity win.. Branden Fryman was  1-3, RBI; Mark Miller 1-2, RBI; Jacob Saulnier 1-3; AJ Gordon 1-3, run; Earl Justice 1-1, run; Sawyer Smith 2-2, run.

The district tournament is up next for the Aggies next week.

Four In A Row: Jay Lady Royals Win 12-Inning District Championship Battle

April 17, 2015

The Jay Lady Royals won their fourth District 3-1A championship in a row Thursday night 7-6 in a hard fought 12-inning battle over the Chipley Tigers.

Hitting for Jay were: Kolby Bray 3-5, R; Emily Dobson 3-6, R, 2 RBIs, 2B; Avery Jackson 2-6, RBI, 2B; Destiny Herring 2-5, R; Samantha Steadham 2-6, R, RBI.

The Lady Royals advance to the Region 1-1A playoffs on April 28.

Pictured: The Jay Lady Royals won their fourth District 3-1A championship in a row Thursday night. Photo by Diann Tagert for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Defending State Champ West Florida Drops Close District Final Game

April 17, 2015

The defending 4A state champion West Florida Lady Jaguars lost to the Walton Braves 2-1 in the District 1-4A championship game Thursday.

The Lady Jags took a 1-0 lead, but gave up two unearned runs in the third inning. Farrah Nicholas pitched six for West Florida, striking out two. Emily Loring and Kayla Miller were both 1-3.

As district runner-ups, the Lady Jaguars are still in the playoffs. They will travel to Tallahassee next Thursday to play 2-4A champion Florida High School.

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Pictured: West Florida drops District 1-4A championship game to Walton Thursday. Photos by Gary Carnley for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Escambia Academy Wins Boys Track State Championship

April 17, 2015

The Escambia Academy boys track team won the 3A AISA State Championship held in Selma, AL. Escambia Academy is located in Canoe, AL, just outside Atmore. NorthEscambia.com photo by Ditto Gorme, click to enlarge.

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