Basketball Camp Next Week In Bratt To Feature Former NBA Coach

July 7, 2015

The First Baptist Church of Bratt will host a basketball camp next week with a former NBA, college and high school coach.

The camp for children ages 8-14 will be held  July 13-17 from 9 a.m. until noon at the church. Coach Roger Dutremble of Global Sports Outreach will teach kids the fundamentals of basketball and Biblical awareness.

“We are fortunate to get someone of Coach Roger’s talents and achievements to head up this camp” said First Baptist Bratt Student Pastor Tim Hawsey. “He has a unique ability to deal with children, and his love for them is evident.”   This is the fourth year the church has offered this camp.

Dutremble is a a retired coach and member of the International Basketball Hall of Fame. He  career includes coaching at every level from high school to the NBA, and into international arenas, with a lifetime coaching record of 687-117 and seven national championships. He was selected “Coach of the Year” six times, and served as national team head coach to Belgium, Scotland, and Jordan. He was an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, serving under Paul Westhead and Pat Riley, from 1979-83 and helping the team to three NBA championships with players like Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

The cost is $45 per student with a limited number of scholarships available. The funds are used exclusively to purchase shoes and basketballs for needy children in other countries where Dutremble conducts camps.

For more information, contact Hawsey at (850) 327-6529, church secretary Sherrye Gilman at (850) 327-6529 or stop by the church on Highway 4 just west of Northview High School.

Pictured: Students that participated in a previous basketball camp at the First Baptist Church of Bratt. Inset: Coach Roger Dutremble of Global Sports Outreach. NorthEscambia.com file photo, click to enlarge.

Pensacola, Mobile Split Doubleheader

July 7, 2015

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos and Mobile BayBears split a doubleheader Monday at Hank Aaron Stadium.

In the first game against Mobile, Pensacola closer Zack Weiss earned his team-leading sixth save as Pensacola pulled out an 8-6 victory. The BayBears right fielder Gabriel Guerrero crushed a walk-off, two-run home run deep to left center in extra innings in the second game that gave Mobile a 5-3 victory.

Weiss has saved four games during his past seven appearances. He has now faced 28 batters in his last seven games and struck out 13 batters in eight innings pitched. Weiss has 23 Ks in 21.1 innings this season with the Blue Wahoos.

In the fifth inning of the first game, Pensacola clinched the game, sending nine players to the plate and scoring six runs to take an 8-2 lead over Mobile.

Pensacola loaded the bases with one out when catcher Yovan Gonzalez reached on a fielding error, pitcher Wandy Peralta walked and shortstop Zach Vincej singled.

Blue Wahoos left fielder Jesse Winker walked to score Gonzalez and put Pensacola ahead, 3-2. Pensacola’s second baseman Ray Chang then doubled, his 11th of the year, on a sharp ground ball to left field that cleared the bases, putting the Blue Wahoos up, 6-2.

After a pitching change, first baseman Marquez Smith hit his first triple of the season to score Chang for a 7-2 lead. Smith then scored when right fielder Juan Duran hit a sacrifice fly to center field to go ahead, 8-2.

In the second game Monday, Duran hit a sacrifice fly to center in the sixth inning that scored second baseman Ray Chang and put Pensacola up, 3-1.

However, Mobile came back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie it, 3-3. Left fielder Zach Borenstein doubled to score center fielder Socrates Brito to make the score, 3-2, while first baseman Rudy Flores then singled to score Borenstein and tie the game at 3.

Pensacola’s Winker went 1-3 in the first game with a walk, run and two RBIs. After going 0-1 in the second game, Winker has now hit in nine of his last 11 games, raising his season average to .270.

Meanwhile, Chang, who had three RBIs in the first game, remains one of the hottest hitters on the club. He is currently hitting .353 (6-17) in July after batting .329 in June and .375 in May for the Blue Wahoos.

Smith went 5-7 with a run, triple and RBI in the doubleheader against Mobile and is now hitting .270 this season.

Duran continues to swing a big stick, too, in his six games back with Pensacola after recovering from injury rehab. He’s hitting .333 after going 2-4 with three runs, a double and two RBIs.

Wahoos, Baybears Washout

July 6, 2015

Sunday’s game between the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and Mobile BayBears was postponed due to rain.

The second-game of series is scheduled to be made up in a doubleheader on Monday.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the first game is scheduled to start at 5:05 p.m. at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile. Both games will be seven innings.

Baybears Best Wahoos

July 5, 2015

The Blue Wahoos took a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh on Saturday night at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, Ala., but the BayBears rallied for six runs with the help of four walks on their way to a 9-4 series-opening win over Pensacola.

Barrett Astin was outstanding in his second start for the Wahoos. He allowed just two runs/earned on only three hits over 6.1 innings. He added six strikeouts and he scattered four walks. Astin retired 10-straight from the second through the first two outs of the fifth.

After he was lifted following a one-out walk in the seventh, Mobile poured on their six-run rally. Blaine Howell (L, 1-1) faced three batters and gave up a single off the glove of second baseman Juan Perez, and two walks. The second forced in a run. Nick Christiani made his Blue Wahoos debut in back of Howell and walked in the BayBears second run of the inning and later gave up a two-run double to Rudy Flores to cap the rally.

The BayBears added two more runs against Ben Klimesh in the eighth. He threw four wild pitches with four walks in two-thirds of an inning.

Penascola looked to be in control after scoring a pair of insurance runs in the sixth inning to extend their lead to three, 4-1. Zach Vincej singled in Seth Mejias-Brean, and Juan Perez scored behind him on an errant throw from Socrates Brito at third base.

Jesse Winker paced the Blue Wahoos offense with his team-leading 21st multi-hit game of the year. He finished 2-for-4 as one of four in the Wahoos lineup with a multi-hit effort. Marquez Smith drove in the go-ahead run for Pensacola in the third as part of a 2-for-4 night. Mejias-Brean and Perez also had a pair of hits.

Will Locante picked up the win out of the BayBears bullpen after working 1.2 innings with three strikeouts.

The two teams will continue the series at Hank Aaron Stadium on Sunday evening. The Blue Wahoos will start LHP Wandy Peralta (3-7, 5.32). The BayBears have not announced a starter yet for the game. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m.

Wahoos Beat Jacksonville

July 4, 2015

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos (4-4, 29-47) took the three-game series and a 7-6 advantage in the season series for the Golden Skillet against the Jacksonville Suns (3-5, 32-45) with a 5-1 victory Friday night.

Wahoos starter Tim Adleman (4-6) had a solid performance on the mound, earning a win with 6.0 innings of work while allowing only one run on eight hits and striking out seven. Suns starter Scott Lyman earned his third loss in four starts.

Manager Pat Kelly on Adleman: “He’s been really steady every time out there. You just know that if you score a couple of runs for him, you’re going to win the game.”

With fireworks scheduled for after the game, veteran infielder Ray Chang blasted some fireworks of his own as he led the team at the plate with yet another stellar performance. He hit his first home run since June 13, 2013 on a solo shot to left field and was 3-4 at the plate. Outfielders Jesse Winker and Sean Buckley each went 2-4 with an RBI apiece.

Chang on the home run: “Obviously as a leadoff guy you want to see as many pitches as possible, try and get his pitch count up. I saw every pitch that he had, and I was just fouling balls off, fouling balls off.

“They’ve been [pitching] in to me a lot this series, knowing I’m a guy that likes to spray the ball the other way. And so I just cheated on one and got lucky and hit one out, first time in two years.”

Adleman got into a bit of trouble in the top of the first as he loaded the bases with only one out. However, he was able to get out of the jam with a pair of impressive strikeouts.

In the bottom half of the fourth, Seth Mejias-Brean singled, stole second and advanced to third on a fly ball. Sean Buckley then drove him home with one out to increase the Wahoo lead to 2-0.

The Suns did a bit of damage in the fifth inning, getting a run on three singles to bring them within a run. Adleman was able to get out of the inning with a two-out strikeout as a man was in scoring position.

Juan Perez led off the bottom of the sixth with a double to the corner in right. He would later score on an error at second following a Juan Duran blooper to make it 3-1.

Kyle Skipworth led off the seventh with a double to the corner in right, the sixth leadoff hit in the first seven innings. After a Mejias-Brean walk on the next at-bat, an error at first would allow Skipworth to score from second base.

Juan Silva and Chang opened the bottom of the eighth with a pair of walks. Jesse Winker would then capitalize for the Wahoos with a ground-rule double to drive in a run and make it 5-1.

Kelly took time to praise the defense after the win: “We’ve played super defense all year, and I thought that was very apparent tonight. We turned a big double play. Mejias-Brean made an outstanding play to his left earlier in the ballgame. With Adleman pitching, you know you’re going to get ground balls, so I think the infielders are ready and it makes a big difference.”

Aggies End Summer Baseball Season With Wins Over WFHS

July 3, 2015

The Tate High School Aggie “A” team finished their summer ball series Thursday with an 11-3 win over West Florida High School in nine innings. The Aggies “A” team finished with a summer record of 15-1-1.

The Tate high School Aggie “B” team took two from West Florida High School in a Thursday summer finale double header.  The Tate “B” team beat WFHS 5-4 in game one and 3-0 in the second game.

Wahoos Beat Jacksonville

July 3, 2015

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos (3-4, 28-47) used a stellar pitching effort from starter Daniel Wright (4-6) to even the season series with the Jacksonville Suns (3-4, 32-34) in a 2-1 victory.

Seth Mejias-Brean, who went 2-3 with a home run and a pair of RBIs, led the Wahoos at the plate. Juan Duran and Ray Chang added the other two hits for the Wahoos on the night. Duran is now 3-6 with two runs, a double and an RBI in his first two Double-A contests this season.

Manager Pat Kelly on Mejias-Brean: “He’s worked really hard. He and Alex (Pelaez) have changed a few things in his stance, and we’re starting to see some power. We’re starting to see him drive some balls. It’s nice to see all that hard work being rewarded in the game.”

Wright began the game on fire, retiring the side in five pitches in the top of the first, and would retire 21 of 25 Jacksonville batters. Zack Cox broke up his no-hit bid in the fifth on a double to right, but Wright was still able to get out of the inning unscathed.  Mejias-Brean broke up the no-hit bid for Matt Tomshaw in the bottom of the fifth, as well.

Wright’s final line was 7.0 innings pitched, two hits, two walks and six strikeouts without allowing a run. Tomshaw earned the loss, going 7.0 innings and allowing a pair of runs. Zack Weiss earned his fifth save of the season.

Kelly was impressed with Wright’s current form:

“Daniel’s really hitting his stride. That’s the way he pitched last year, and we’re starting to see where he can use both sides of the plate. I think he and Skipworth worked really well tonight. He was able to mix in his curveball to put guys away and he threw a few changeups too.”

Mejias-Brean finally broke the deadlock in the bottom of the seventh inning with a two-run, line-drive homer that barely cleared the wall in left-center. His third homer of the year drove Juan Duran home, who had reached base on his third hit of the series.

Mejias-Brean on the home run: “To be honest, I was just thinking, ‘Get something up’. He was throwing fastballs pretty early. He was quick pitching, so I was just trying to get ready really early.

“He kind of came in with a couple of curveballs in there, and I figured he was going to come [with] one fastball. One fastball too many, I guess.”

The Suns made things somewhat interesting in the top off the ninth as David Adams hit a solo shot with two outs. Zack Weiss, however, was able to close things out with a strikeout on the next at-bat to earn the save.

Escambia Academy Names New Softball, Baseball Coaches

June 30, 2015

New baseball and softball coaches have been name at Escambia Academy outside Atmore.

Allie Park has been named the new softball coach. Park played for Charles Henderson High in Troy, AL, where she was Super 12 Player of the Year in 2005. She also played for Alabama Community College and Webster University. Her coaching experience includes Clayton High in St. Louis, MO, Hooper Academy near Montgomery and Pike Liberal Arts School in Troy, AL.

Jeffrey D. Price, Jr. has been named the new Escambia Academy baseball coach. The 2009 EA graduate red-shirted at the University of West Florida, pitched at Faulkner State and pitched at at the University of Mobile where his ERA record was 5th best all-time in school history.

Pictured: Escambia Academy softball coach Allie Park, athletic director Hugh Fountain and baseball coach Jeffrey Price Jr. Photo by Ditto Gorme for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Blue Wahoos Drop Game, And Series, To Mississippi

June 30, 2015

Barrett Astin made a good showing in his Double-A debut for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos after getting called up from the High-A Daytona Tortugas.

He left the game after 5.1 innings of work with the game tied, 2-2, but the Mississippi Braves scored twice in the seventh inning to win the game, 4-2, over Pensacola and capture the series, 3-2, Monday at Trustmark Park.

Astin, who was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers in the fall, compiled a 4-3 record and 2.29 ERA at Daytona before moving up. On Monday, Astin gave up eight hits, walked two and struck out four and currently has a 3.38 ERA in his first start in the Southern League.

Mississippi pulled out the victory when catcher Matt Kennelly singled to center field to score left fielder Sean Godfrey to go up, 3-2. Then the Braves added another run to go ahead, 4-2, when center fielder Matt Lipka scored on a ground out by first baseman Kevin Ahrens to shortstop.

Pensacola scored first in the top of the second inning when Blue Wahoos catcher Kyle Skipworth singled and was driven in by left fielder Sean Buckley’s single to left.

Mississippi then tied the game, 1-1, in the bottom of that inning when third baseman Rio Ruiz doubled in Ahrens.

The Braves went on top, 2-1, in the third inning when Kennelly doubled and scored on a KD Kang triple, his fourth of the season, to right field.

Skipworth singled to center and scored for the second time Monday to tie the game, 2-2, in the fifth inning when second baseman Ray Chang grounded out to shortstop.

June was a good month for several Blue Wahoos, including Chang, who hit .329 in 22 games with eight RBIs.

Pensacola right fielder Jesse Winker hit two homers and knocked in eight, while batting .325 with a .415 on-base percentage. In the first series after the Southern League All-Star break, Winker went 8-19 or .421 with a homer and two RBI against Mississippi and now has a seven-game on-base streak.

Finally, first baseman Marquez Smith—who went 0-4 Monday, ending his six-game hitting streak—hit .312 and had a .384 on-base percentage in June.

Bear Hunting Permits Available In August

June 30, 2015

Permits to participate in Florida’s first bear hunt in more than 20 years will be available to licensed hunters starting August 3.

The hunt, approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission last Wednesday, begins October. 24 and will last from two to seven days, depending upon the number of bears killed. The state agency expects about 300 bears to be killed in the four regions of the state where hunting will be allowed. The state isn’t putting a limit on the number of special-use bear permit being sold, but hunters will be limited to killing a single bear during the week.

The cost for a permit is $100 for Florida residents and $300 for non-residents. The permits will be available through 11:59 p.m. on October. 23. People who purchased a Lifetime License prior to July 1, 1998 — when those license still covered bear hunting — must still obtain one of the new permits, but are exempt from the cost.

by The News Service of Florida

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