May 15, 2013
The Florida 1A state champion Northview Chiefs will take on a couple of Alabama teams in spring football games this Saturday in East Brewton.
The Chiefs will take on Andalusia High School at 1:oo before playing Hillcrest-Evergreen at 2:40. Both games will be played at W.S. Neal High School.
The complete schedule for the five-team jamboree is as follows:
· 1:00 Northview vs. Andalusia
· 1:50 W.S. Neal vs Andalusia
· 2:40 Northview vs. Hillcrest
· 3:30 p.m. Linden vs. W.S. Neal
· 4:20 p.m Hillcrest vs. Linden
Admission is $5. W.S. Neal is located at 801 Andrew Jackson Street [map].
Pictured top: Northview Head Coach Sid Wheatley goes over the playbook with his Chiefs during a Tuesday afternoon practice. Pictured inset: Wheatley watches a play. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.
May 15, 2013
Newcomer Luis Durango scampered home on a wild pitch with two outs in the 13th inning and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos walked off winners for the first time this season, 10-9, over the Chattanooga Lookouts on Tuesday night in front of 3,981 fans at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium.
The 13th inning was set up by the speed of Durango who coaxed a two-out walk and went first-to-third on a single from Bryson Smith. Danny Vicioso was then called on to pinch hit as the last Wahoos position player left on the bench. Two pitches into the at-bat, Luis Vasquez (1-2) uncorked a wild pitch to the backstop and Durango sped home to score the winning tally.
The final inning capped a wild night that saw Pensacola jump out to a 6-0 lead after three innings. In the first inning, Ryan LaMarre started the scoring with an RBI groundout to score Durango. After a hit batter and a walk loaded the bases, Devin Lohman unloaded them with the team’s first grand slam of the season. For Lohman, it was his fourth homer of the year and it gave the Wahoos a 5-0 lead after one.
In the third inning, it was again Lohman providing the RBI, this time on a double to score Travis Mattair. Lohman tied a team record with the five runs driven in and blasted Pensacola’s first grand slam since Mike Costanzo connected for one on April 9, 2012.
The tide turned in the fourth, though, as the Lookouts chipped away with the long ball. After Yasiel Puig walked and scored on an RBI single from Blake Smith, C.J. Retherford launched a no-doubt, two-run shot to left field, cutting the Wahoos lead to 6-3. An inning later, pinch-hitter J.T. Wise blasted a two-run homer to make it a one-run contest.
Things fell apart for the Wahoos in the sixth inning. Entering the frame up by two thanks to a sac fly from David Vidal, Pensacola gave up three runs and the lead. Puig led off the inning with a solo shot that barely cleared the wall in left. That forced starter Daniel Renken from the game in favor of Kyle Lotzkar who created his own jam by loading the bases with two walks and a single. Lotzkar then forced in the tying run with a bases loaded walk to Chris Jacobs and two batters later, plunked pinch-hitter Brian Cavazos-Galvez to give Chattanooga its first lead of the night at 8-7. Chris Manno came in and averted further damage by inducing a double play.
Chattanooga added an insurance run in the eighth inning as Miguel Rojas reached on an error that scored Griff Erickson.
That proved to be a rather large insurance run as Pensacola came to bat in the last of the ninth trailing by two. With one out, Ryan LaMarre and Travis Mattair homered on back-to-back pitches to knot the game at nine and send it in to extras.
Both pitching staffs traded zeros before Vasquez lost his control in the 13th. Brian Pearl (1-0) earned the win for Pensacola by retiring all six batters he faced in the 12th and 13th innings.
Renken received a no-decision but was hit hard for six runs on seven hits in five-plus innings while striking out six. Manno, Josh Ravin, Lee Hyde, Shaun Ellis, Loek Van Mil, and Pearl combined to fire 7.2 innings of relief without allowing an earned run.
The Wahoos will now have a chance to win the series on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. Josh Smith (3-3, 4.28) will get the start for the Wahoos against the Lookouts’ Rob Rasmussen (2-2, 3.13).
story by Kevin Burke, photos by Gary McCracken
May 14, 2013
The Pensacola Storm 10U Majors baseball team won a weekend tournament in Chalmette, LA.
With a dramatic come from behind victory against Moss Point (MS) Team Elite with two outs in the last inning, the Pensacola Storm rolled into the championship game against the undefeated local area Slidell Scrappers team. The Storm ran up five runs in the first inning and continued that momentum to a 6-2 first place win in the seven team tournament.
With the win, the Pensacola Storm team is 31-11 overall with six first place tournament victories out of 11 USSSA tournaments this season. The Pensacola Storm will travel to the Alabama Super NIT Tournament against some of the nation’s top teams this Friday in Auburn.
Pictured: (bottom row, L-R) Jaxon Topel, Trenton Norton, Tanner Rouchon, Josh Turner, Aaron Noack, (top row) Damarius McGhee, Ian Ladieu, Jackson Penton, Hunter Pierson, Jordan Peacock, Jordan Jarman and Jordan McCants. Submitted photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.
May 14, 2013
The Pensacola Blue Wahoos scored three runs in the first inning, which was more than enough against the Chattanooga Lookouts as the Wahoos snapped their five-game losing streak with a 5-1 on Monday night in front of 3,629 fans at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium.
Pensacola welcomed two major league rehabbers for the first time in the team’s history and both played just one inning. Manny Parra got the start and gave up a double in the first inning while striking out two. He threw 13 pitches, nine of which were strikes. Chris Heisey was involved in two plays in center field in the first inning. He was lifted from the game after the top half of the first for unannounced reasons.
The Wahoos backed up their Major League guests with three early runs, one coming on an RBI single from Travis Mattair and two more coming on a single from Tucker Barnhart.
Ryan Dennick (2-2) took over on the mound for the Wahoos and cruised through his piggyback start, limiting the Lookouts to just two base hits over six frames. Dennick earned the win for the first time since Opening Day.
Pensacola added to its lead with a fourth-inning RBI single from Bryson Smith and an eighth-inning RBI single from David Vidal.
The Lookouts lone run came in the ninth inning as Chris Jacobs doubled home C.J. Retherford with two outs. Loek Van Mil retired Griff Erickson to finish off the game.
The five-game series continues tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Daniel Renken (1-3, 3.67) will get the ball for the Blue Wahoos against the Lookouts’ Andres Santiago (2-4, 4.19).
story by Kevin Burke
Pictured: The Pensacola Blue Wahoos beat the Chattanooga Lookouts Monday night. Photos by Gary McCraken for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.
May 13, 2013
The Chattanooga Lookouts broke out to a 4-0 lead and never trailed in a 10-4 win over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos on Sunday night in front of 4,421 fans at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium. It was the Wahoos’ fifth straight loss, tying a season high.
The Lookouts were in control from the onset, scoring in the first frame on a fielder’s choice from Blake Smith. They would add to their lead in the third with three two-out runs. Smith doubled home a run and scored on a two-run homer from Chris Jacobs that made it 4-0.
Pensacola battled back in the last of the third, scoring three runs with two outs. Ryan LaMarre sparked the attack with a solo homer, his second of the season. After back-to-back walks, Travis Mattair doubled to right-center to cut the deficit to 4-3.
The Lookouts would get a run right back, however, as former Blue Wahoo Miguel Rojas launched his first homer of the year leading off the fourth to make it 5-3.
The Wahoos had numerous chances to get back in the game against an erratic Chattanooga pitching staff, but could never get the tying run across. In the fifth, Pensacola had the bases loaded and one out before Danny Vicioso grounded into an inning-ending double play. In the sixth, Brodie Greene cut the Lookouts’ lead to 5-4 with a one-out double but he was stranded at third as the tying run. Two innings later, Greene doubled with one out but he was caught stealing when he was hung up between second and third on a ball in the dirt.
That play changed the momentum as Chattanooga put the game out of reach with a five-run ninth inning. C.J. Retherford provided the biggest blow with a three-run pinch-hit double to make it 8-4 followed by Jan Vazquez providing the exclamation point with a two-run homer off the videoboard in right field to account for the final margin.
Chad Rogers (2-2) was charged with the loss in his roughest outing of the year, yielding five runs on eight hits in five innings.
Pensacola wasn’t able to fully capitalize on nine base hits and 10 walks issued from Chattanooga pitching as the Wahoos tied a season-high with 12 runners left on base. Michael Thomas (1-0) was given the win in relief by firing 2.1 scoreless frames and striking out four.
The five-game series continues on Monday night at 7:00 p.m. at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium. It will be a battle of southpaws as Ryan Dennick (1-2, 3.44) goes for Pensacola against Chattanooga’s Chris Reed (1-3, 5.02).
story by Kevin Burke
Pictured: Ryan LaMarre led the Pensacola attack by going 3-for-3 with a homer and an RBI. (Christopher Nelson)
May 12, 2013
The Jacksonville Suns took advantage of a key Pensacola error in the fifth inning, scoring four unearned runs en route to a 7-2 win over the Blue Wahoos on Saturday night at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
With the game scoreless headed to the last of the fifth, Noah Perio grounded a ball to first baseman Joe Mather who had the bouncer deflect off his glove, allowing Perio to reach safely. That opened the floodgates for the Suns against Wahoos starter Tim Crabbe. After a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch moved Perio to third, Christian Yelich brought him home with a sacrifice fly. Jake Marisnick and Kyle Jensen then launched back-to-back solo homers to make it 3-0. Mark Canha would single home the fourth run of the inning two batters later following a Ryan Fisher double.
Crabbe (2-2) took the loss for Pensacola despite not giving up an earned run. He gave up the four unearned tallies on seven base hits in five innings.
Meanwhile, Jacksonville starter Adam Conley (2-1) mowed through the Pensacola lineup giving up just a fifth-inning bunt single from Devin Lohman over six frames while facing the minimum as Lohman was caught stealing.
Bryson Smith snapped the Wahoos’ scoreless innings streak at 15 frames with a seventh-inning solo homer, his third round-tripper of the season. Smith went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI to lead the Pensacola attack.
Jacksonville would put the game out of reach in the eighth inning against the combination of Drew Hayes and Shaun Ellis. Perio, Yelich, and Marisnick all brought home runs in a three-fun frame that gave the Suns a 7-1 lead.
Pensacola added a tally in the top of the ninth when Travis Mattair scored on a two-out single from Ryan LaMarre, but Michael Brady got Mather to ground out to end the game.
The Wahoos now return home for a season-long 10-game homestand starting on Sunday with the first of five against the Chattanooga Lookouts. Chad Rogers (2-1, 1.51) will try to stop Pensacola’s four game skid against Chattanooga’s Zach Lee (3-2, 2.15). First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
story by Kevin Burke
Pictured: Devin Lohman was 2-for-3 with a double in Pensacola’s 7-2 loss on Saturday night. (Emmele Photography).
May 11, 2013
Holmes County won the Regional 1A title Friday night in Bonifay, defeating the Northview Chiefs 3-0.
Holmes County took a 2-0 lead after the first inning, expanding their lead to 3-0 with single from Corey Wilson in the second inning. The Blue Devils advance to the state semifinals next week in Fort Myers.
Kevin Vaughn pitched three for the Chiefs, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 0 K.
Chason Freeman was 1-3 for Northview, while Chad Smith was 0-1.
The Blue Devils were the district champs, having beat Northview on April 25. During the regular season, it was an even split. The Chiefs end their first season under first-year head coach Marty Lister at 10-9. Northview has never made the baseball final four in school history.
Pictured: The Northview Chiefs take on Holmes County Friday in Bonifay for the Regional 1A title. NorthEscambia.com photos by Ramona Preston, click to enlarge.
May 11, 2013
Audy Ciriaco delivered the game-winning single on a looping line drive over second baseman Brodie Greene in the bottom of the ninth to score Ryan Fisher from third to give Jacksonville a 1-0 win on Friday night at Bragan Field in Jacksonville. The loss is the third straight for Pensacola.
Blue Wahoos starter Josh Smith pitched brilliantly over six shutout innings. He surrendered just three hits while fanning a season-high nine batters, including a span of six consecutive batters from the second inning to the fourth. Loek Van Mil pitched well out of the bullpen for the Blue Wahoos with two scoreless innings. Josh Ravin had two strikes on Ciriaco before he delivered the game winning hit with two outs in the ninth. Ravin (L, 0-2) was handed his second loss of the season. Collin Carill (W, 1-1) earned the win for Jacksonville after pitching the final two innings for the Suns.
Offensively the Wahoos had only three hits. Third baseman David Vidal had two of them as part of a 2-for-4 game to extend his hit-streak to four games. The Blue Wahoos only threat came in the top of the ninth when they had runners at second and third with two outs. It was the only time the Blue Wahoos had a runner at third base in the game.
Pensacola will try to salvage the final game of the five-game series on Saturday night. RHP Tim Crabbe (2-1, 2.60) will start for the Blue Wahoos against Suns LHP Adam Conley (1-1, 5.88). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. CT from Bragan Field at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.
May 10, 2013
Four Northview High School seniors signed college athletic scholarships Thursday morning.
Morgan Smith and Morgan Payne both signed volleyball scholarships with Jefferson Davis Community College in Brewton. Ariel Holland signed a cheerleading scholarship with Faulker State Community College in Bay Minette, and shortstop Shaquanna Jones signed a softball scholarship with Southern University in Baton Rouge.
Pictured top: (L-R) Morgan Smith, Morgan Payne, Ariel Holland and Shaquanna Jones. Pictured below: The seniors sign their scholarships as family and school staff look on. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.
May 10, 2013
The Jacksonville Suns put Thursday’s game out of reach with a five-run eighth inning against the Blue Wahoos at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The Blue Wahoos have now dropped two straight at the hands of the Suns.
Jacksonville jumped on Blue Wahoos starter Daniel Renken early with a three-run homer in the first inning from Major League rehabbing catcher Jeff Mathis. The Suns never trailed from there, although the Blue Wahoos remained within striking distance until the five-run eighth inning.
Pensacola scattered their three runs beginning in the second. Joe Mather scored from second on a base-hit from David Vidal, which at the time, pulled the Wahoos within two. In the sixth, Tucker Barnhart singled home Bryson Smith, but Mather was thrown out trying to score from second by Suns left fielder Christian Yelich. The final run scored on a bases loaded walk in the ninth when the game was well in hand.
Travis Mattair picked up his fourth multi-hit game of the season with a 2-for-4 night and extended his hit streak to six games with his single in the second. Barnhart also had a two-hit performance, his eighth multi-hit game of the year.
Renken (L, 1-3) took the loss for Pensacola after getting charged with four runs on five hits over five innings. He struck out a season-high seven betters and matched a season-high with four walks. Jacksonville’s Matt Neil (W, 1-2) earned the win. He allowed two runs on seven hits over 5.1 innings. He struck out five and walked two.
Pensacola will look to even the series on Friday night with RHP Josh Smith (3-3, 5.20) going against Jacksonville’s RHP Robert Morey (0-0, 4.15). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. CT from Bragan Field at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.