Shutout Win For Tate Baseball As They Honor ‘84 National Champ Aggies

April 17, 2024

Tate 12, Washington 0

The Tate High School Aggies baseball team honored their national championship legacy Tuesday night as they shut out Washington 12-0 in Cantonment.

The 1984 Tate baseball team (35-1) won both the state title and the national championship and Tuesday night was their 40th reunion.  The current Aggies wore commemorative jerseys with the number “84″ on the sleeve to honor the team.

Kaleb Posta earned the win for Tate Tuesday night, giving up one and no runs over a complete five-inning game.

Bray Touchstone had a three-run RBI home run for the Aggies in the bottom of the fourth. Trey Rebber and Madox Lan both had two hits for Tate. Connor Hassell and Quiggins were back-to-back in the lineup and they both had three RBIs.

The Tate Aggies will be at West Florida on Wednesday.

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Tates Boys Tennis Are District Runner-ups; Two Tate Girls Finish Second

April 17, 2024

The Tate Aggies boys tennis team finished as District 3A runners-ups on Tuesday.

The Aggies boys will travel to the first round of regionals next week at Leon High School in Tallahassee.

KJ Crow and Sloane Inacio were runners up in their No. 1 girls doubles match at districts.

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Scruggs Goes 3-4 As Northview Beats Neal 9-1

April 17, 2024

Northview 9, W.S. Neal 1

The Northview Chiefs defeated W.S. Neal 9-1 Tuesday night in East Brewton.

Jackson Bridges earned the win for Northview, giving up one hit and one run in four innings while recording two strikeouts and one walk. Jase Portwood surrendered one hit and no runs while striking out six and walking two.

Wyatt Scruggs was 3-1 on the night with singles in the third, fourth and sixth innings. Portwood and Grayde Sheffield had multiple hits for the Chiefs. Brady Smith was 2-4 with three RBIs.

Northview will be at Milton on Friday.

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Softball: WFHS Tops Tate Varsity; Tate JV Shuts Out Jags

April 17, 2024

West Florida 2, Tate 1 (8 innings)

The West Florida Lady Jags got past the Tate Aggies 2-1 in nine innings Tuesday night.

Sydney Scapin went the full nine innings, giving up two hits and no runs while striking out 19 and walking one.

Kate Balagbagan went eight innings in the circle for Tate, surrendering no runs on five hits, walking one and striking out four.

Amburleigh Larid and Kara Wine both had one hit for Tate.

Ava Scapin was 3-4 at the plate for WFHS. Macey Vegas went 2-3.

Tate will host Pace on Thursday.

Tate 6, Pace 0 (JV)

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Bermúdez Brilliant As Blue Wahoos Start Extended Homestand In Memorable Style

April 17, 2024

The Blue Wahoos began their longest homestand of the season in a special way.

Jonathan Bermúdez helped make sure of it.

With one of the best starts of his professional career, Bermúdez dazzled with five no-hit innings, pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth, then watched three scoreless innings by three relievers as the Blue Wahoos beat the Rocket City Trash Pandas 1-0 before a crowd of 3,008 at Blue Wahoos Stadium.

“It was fun to be on the mound (Tuesday), I’ll tell you that,” said Bermúdez, a left-hander who joined the Blue Wahoos in May last season after being released from the San Francisco Giants’ Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento.

After losing five of six road games last week at Montgomery, the Blue Wahoos continued their amazing success against Rocket City, the Los Angeles Angels affiliate. The Blue Wahoos are now 17-2 against the Trash Pandas in Pensacola, 27-6 overall against them.

This game was played in just two hours, 15 minutes. It began a stretch of 12 games in 13 days at Blue Wahoos Stadium.

“It’s good to be home,” said Bermúdez, a Puerto Rico native who can speak English and Spanish fluently. “After a tough week, it’s good to start like this. “I think this team is really good. We showed it (Tuesday). The bats are going to get going. I trust our bats.

“Our bullpen is our forte. This week is going to be fun. We started it the right way.”

The game’s only run was produced with one blast. Designated hitter Zach Zubia led off the fourth inning with a no-doubter home run over the left field wall off a fastball that exited his bat at 112 mph.

But from that point, Rocket City starter Caden Dana, a 20-year-old from Warwick, New York, who is the No. 2 rated prospect in the LA Angels minor league system. Rocket City (5-5) has all four of the Angels’ top-rated prospects on this team.

Bermúdez wowed through five innings, facing only the minimum 15 batters with seven strikeouts and only one ball hit to the outfield on a flyout to centerfield.

Amazingly, the only baserunner he allowed in that span was the game’s first batter.

He plunked centerfielder Nelson Rada on his second pitch. Rada, an 18-year-old Venezuela native, is the Los Angeles Angels’ No. 1 prospect. Bermúdez then erased him on a pickoff. And from that point, it was perfection through the fifth inning.

With one out in the sixth inning, the Trash Pandas’ first hit was produced by a former Blue Wahoos player. Catcher Caleb Hamilton, 29, who played in Pensacola during the 2019 season as a Minnesota Twins prospect, laced a no-doubt single through into center field to break up the no-hitter.

And then it got dicey.

The next batter, Arol Vera, doubled down the third base line to put runners on second and third. Bermúdez then walked Rada on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases.

Bermúdez dug in and stuck out shortstop Kyren Paris, the LA Angels’ No. 3 rated prospect, on a swing-and-miss fastball. He threw a slider to get Sam Brown to fly out to center and end the inning.

From that point, the Blue Wahoos bullpen shined. Josan Méndez, newcomer Raffi Vizcaíno, who joined the team Tuesday and was hitting near 100-mph with his fastball, along with closer Austin Roberts combined for three shutout innings. They combined for six strikeouts, no hits, no walks.

Vizcaíno and Roberts struck out all six batters they faced in a dominating end to the game.

GAME NOTABLES

The National Anthem was brilliantly performed Tuesday by Jessica Voigt, a Blue Wahoos group sales intern and UWF senior, who filled in when the scheduled singer could not make it.

WANT TO GO?

WHO: Rocket City Trash Pandas vs. Blue Wahoos.

WHEN: Wednesday, 6:05 p.m.

Gilman Throws Northview Softball Shut Out Of Baker; Northview Baseball Beats Neal

April 16, 2024

SOFTBALL
Northview 12, Baker 0

The Northview Lady Chiefs shut out Baker 12-0 Monday night in Baker.

In a game that ended at five innings under the mercy rule, Jamison Gilman earned the win for Northview, giving up no hits and no runs  while striking out six and walking two.

K Langham went 2-2 with one RBI for the Lady Chiefs while Avery Stuckey was 1-4 with three RBIs. Gilman was 2-3 with an RBI, and Chloe Ragsdale went 2-4.

Next, Northview will host Jay at 6 p.m. Thursday and Crestview on Friday.

BASEBALL
Northview 8, W.S. Neal 1

The Northview Chiefs beat W.S. Neal 9-1 Monday night in East Brewton.

Jackson Bridges earned the win for the Northview Chiefs, giving up one hit and one run in four innings, walking one and striking out two. Jase Portwood threw three innings with no runs in relief. Portwood surrendered one hit, striking out six and walking two.

Brady Smith went 2-4 at the plate for the Chiefs with three RBIs. Grayden Sheffield was 2-4 with one RBI, and Wyatt Scruggs was 3-4 with an RBI. Jayden White, Portwood and Bridges also added hits.

Northview will travel to L.E.A.D. Academy in Pace at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Molino 8U Softball Sweeps Both Brackets At GCGSA Mid-Season Tournament

April 16, 2024

Two Molino 8U softball teams swept both brackets at the GCGSA Mid-Season Tournament championship in Pace.

Coach Weaver and his 8U Molino Marlins went undefeated to win their bracket, while Coach Cutler and his 8U Sassy Sluggers went undefeated to win their bracket this past weekend.

Pictured top: Tournament champions  Molino 8U Sassy Sluggers (above) and the  8U Molino Marlins (below). Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Century 10U Lady Legends Win Mid-Season Tourney; 12U Takes Second

April 15, 2024

The Century 10U Lady Legends went 5-1 and won the GCGSA Mid-Season Tournament championship in Pace.

The team lost their first 10U “A” bracket game Thursday night before a five-game winning streak, including topping Molino Dirt Road Divas twice for the title.

The Century 12U Lady Legends took second in the tournament as they prepare for the second half of the season.

Pictured top: Century 10U Lady Legends. Pictured below: Century 12U Lady Legends Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Wahoos End Montgomery Road Trip With Victory, Snap Losing Streak

April 15, 2024

written by Erik Bremer

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos completed their six-game series versus the Montgomery Biscuits with a 4-2 win on Sunday.

After failing to score in its Saturday doubleheader, Pensacola struck first in the top of the second inning on Sunday. After a double from right fielder Diego Infante and a single from first baseman Zach Zubia, shortstop Jonathan Guzmán belted a three-run home run to give the Wahoos a 3-0 lead against Montgomery starter Ben Peoples (L, 1-1).

The Wahoos ultimately held the lead the rest of the game thanks to strong pitching from starter Paul Campbell (W, 2-0) – who pitched 5.0 innings of one-run ball – and bullpen work from Chandler Jozwiak, Matt Pushard, and Austin Roberts (S, 2). The Biscuits collected eight hits in the game but stranded 13 runners on base in the contest. Pensacola third baseman Sean Roby’s solo home run in the top of the ninth inning gave Pensacola a 4-1 lead before the Wahoos eventually held on to close out the game.

The win snaps a five-game losing streak for the Wahoos heading into their longest homestand of the year. Pensacola is back in action this coming week against the Rocket City Trash Pandas. Game One of the series is scheduled for 6:35 at Blue Wahoos Stadium on Tuesday, April 16.

Ice Flyers Season Ends With 6-1 Game Two Playoff Loss

April 14, 2024

The Pensacola Ice Flyers lost 6-1  the Peoria Rivermen in game two playoff action Saturday night in Peoria, Illinois.

Peoria moves on the second round as the season came to an end Saturday night for the Pensacola Ice Flyers.

The Ice Flyers have four previous Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) championships.

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