Braves Best The Wahoos

June 10, 2018

Mississippi Braves starting pitcher, Touki Toussaint (W, 3-6), got it done on the mound, but did serious damage at the plate with two hits and three RBI in the M-Braves 12-4 win over the Blue Wahoos Saturday night at Trustmark Park.

The Braves struck first against Blue Wahoos starter Daniel Wright (L, 2-4) with a pair of runs in the second inning on Toussaint’s two-run single. He would strike again with two outs in the fourth. Toussaint ripped a double to left-center field driving home Connor Lien to put the M-Braves back on top 4-3.

Pensacola took the lead briefly in the top of the fourth. Brian O’Grady doubled home Nick Longhi to cut the deficit to 2-1. With two outs, Chris Okey singled home O’Grady and Luis Gonzalez to put the Wahoos up 3-2. The Braves piled on after taking the lead with a four-run fourth inning.

The Braves knockout punch came in the sixth inning. Already leading 9-3, Lien launched a drive to left field, Daniel Sweet made a leaping attempt into the fence, but he couldn’t hold on. Three runs scored on the two-out triple. Pensacola got a run back in the seventh on Narciso Crook’s first double-a home run to make it 12-4.

Wright lasted four innings and was charged with six runs on five hits with four walks in the losing effort. On the mound, Toussaint earned the win with 5.2 innings and three runs, one earned, on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts. At the plate, Shed Long led the way with his second-straight two-hit contest.

The Blue Wahoos will look to bounce back behind All-Star RHP Keury Mella (4-3, 3.56). The Braves will counter with RHP Bryce Wilson (1-2, 7.43).

Varner Pitches Wahoos To Series Opening Win

June 9, 2018

Seth Varner pitched six strong innings for the Blue Wahoos in the 6-1 win over the Mississippi Braves Friday night at Trustmark Park. It is the season-best third straight win for the Blue Wahoos.

Varner (W, 3-0) surrendered a leadoff home run to Connor Lien in the bottom of the first inning and that was his only blemish in the start. He finished with just five hits allowed, one walk and two strikeouts.

The Blue Wahoos pounded out 12 hits with everybody in the lineup reaching base with a hit or a walk. Pensacola got the first five runs against M-Brave starter Kyle Wright (L, 3-7), and the scoring started in the third.

Shed Long doubled home Chris Okey to tie the game at 1-1. A batter later, Nick Longhi drove a deep sacrifice fly to the center fielder Lien which scored the go-ahead run, Varner, from third. Narciso Crook tripled and scored on a fielder’s choice in the fourth inning to stretch the Pensacola lead to 3-1.

The Wahoos had Wright on the ropes when the first five batters of the fifth inning reached. C.J. McElroy led the rally off with a single followed by base hits from Long, Longhi and Brian O’Grady before Luis Gonzalez walked. Longhi’s single scored McElroy, and O’Grady’s brought home Long to make it a 5-1. Gonzalez drove Long in for his second run of the game with a single in the ninth to cap the scoring at 6-1.

Longhi and Long both paced the Wahoos hot bats. Longhi finished the game 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Long finished 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.

Robinson Leyer did a fine job in relief of Varner with two scoreless innings before Jesus Reyes finished the game with a scoreless ninth.

The Blue Wahoos look for their fourth straight win on Saturday night in Mississippi. Pensacola will start RHP Daniel Wright (2-3, 4.50) against Braves RHP Touki Toussaint (2-6, 3.52). First pitch is set for 6:00 c.t. from Trustmark Park.

Registration Open For Tate Aggie Summer Baseball Camp

June 8, 2018

The 2018 Tate Aggie Baseball Summer Camp will be held June 11-13 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. for players 8-14.

The Tate High coaching staff and players will host a three day camp that will focus on all aspects of the games of baseball. Players will need to bring their glove, baseball cleats, bats, turf type shoes (for batting cages) and any other necessary equipment.

Spots are limited; preregistration is recommended. The cost is $100.

For a registration form and more information, click here.

Chiefs Football Volunteers Thursday At Care Center

June 8, 2018

Several members of the Northview High School football team volunteered Thursday at the Century Health and Rehabilitation Center after summer workouts and conditioning. The Northview football linemen also held a car was Friday in  preparation for summer camp. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Wahoos Take Series With Narrow 3-2 Win

June 8, 2018

Wyatt Strahan (W, 5-4) overcame his Blue Wahoos Stadium woes and delivered a wonderful pitching performance that guided the Wahoos to a 3-2 game and series win.

It looked like an ugly start early for Strahan after Corey Ray pounced on the first pitch of the game with his ninth home run of the season. However, the University of Southern California product composed himself and retired the next three batters in order and escaped further trouble.

Offensively the Wahoos had their starter’s back with a swift response. After a leadoff single by C.J. McElroy, Nick Longhi scored McElroy with his eighth double of the season. With two outs in the inning, Luis Gonzalez singled home Longhi and later stole a base and scored on Narciso Crook’s first career Double-A RBI. When the dust in the first inning settled the Wahoos led 3-1.

Strahan cruised over the next three innings until he ran into Jake Hager in the fifth. The Shuckers shortstop jumped all over the 1-0 pitch and launched his sixth homer of the year to cut the deficit to 3-2. Again, Strahan rebounded and did not allow a run over his final 1.1 innings.

Jody Davis turned to his bullpen for a large portion of Thursday’s finale and once again the bullpen delivered. Victor Payano worked around a bases-loaded jam in the sixth and finished his night with two scoreless innings. Alejandro Chacin replaced Payano with one out in the eighth and finished off the frame with the lead intact. In the ninth, the skipper called upon Alex Powers and the Massachusetts-native finished off the Shuckers in dramatic fashion. With the tying run on second, Tyler Heineman hit a groundball to shortstop that was mishandled by Gonzalez. However, the Wahoos shortstop made a heads-up throw to third base, which caught Trent Grisham well off the bag and stuck in a rundown. After a couple throws, Gonzalez—who made the original error—caught the throw from Cassidy Brown to tag out Grisham and seal the win.

Pensacola will hit the road Friday morning towards Pearl, MS, for a five-game series against the M-Braves. LHP Seth Varner (2-0, 3.03) will make his third start of the year against former first-round pick Kyle Wright (3-6, 4.37). The upcoming series is the second-to-last series for the Blue Wahoos prior to the All-Star break

Cantonment Diamond Dolls Win 8U All-Star Tournament

June 7, 2018

The Cantonment Diamond Dolls won first place in a recent 8U all-star tournament in Navarre. The team also won a mid-season tournament, the Blue Angel Classic tournament and placed second in two additional tournaments.

The Cantonment Diamond Dolls are Lily Speight, Kenzee Tanner, Miley McMullan, Natalee Sherouse, Cheyenne Paul, Chloe Engle, Addison Wilson, Kaylyn Relstab, Kalleigh Jarman, Tessa Kendrick, Giovanna Barnes and Jamaria Cook. Head coach is Kenny Tanner and assistant coaches are Chris Sherouse, Scott Relstab, Justin McMullan, Joey Paul, Matt Speight and Adam Wilson.

Photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Wahoos Beat The Shuckers

June 7, 2018

The Wahoos shook off last night’s rough outing with a solid win 5-1 against the Shuckers Wednesday night at Blue Wahoos Stadium.

Vladimir Gutierrez (W, 2-8) set the tone for the Wahoos from the get-go. Gutierrez, who began the game with a walk on Biloxi’s Corey Ray, picked up the slack and retired the next three batters. In the bottom of the first, Brian O’Grady smashed a triple that scored Shed Long and Nick Longhi. Luis Gonzalez followed with a single that scored O’Grady that gave the Wahoos a quick 3-0 lead.

The Wahoos would score two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning with an O’Grady solo home run and an Alberti Chavez single that scored Gonzalez to increase the lead at 5-1.

Gutierrez pitched six brilliant innings, with his only blemish being a solo home run surrendered to Jake Gatewood in the fourth. He finished with seven strikeouts, one shy of his season-best. Gutierrez’s walk to Ray was his only free pass of the game on his way to his second win of the year. Carlos Navas (S, 2) was excellent in his relief of Guiterrez. Navas allowed only one hit over three innings of shutout ball for his second save of the year.

The Wahoos will try to get their second consecutive series win against the Shuckers Thursday night. RHP Wyatt Strahan (4-4, 6.70) will get the start for the Wahoos against Biloxi RHP Trey Supak (0-1, 8.00).

Five West Florida Jaguars Baseball Players Sign To Play College Ball

June 6, 2018

Five West Florida High School baseball players have signed to play at the next level.

Billy Kaser (outfield),  JJ Pease (pitcher) and Quint Rayburn (pitcher)signed with Coastal Alabama Community College. Dylan Pitts (short stop) signed with Southern Union State Community College, and Dalton Wise (catcher) signed with Bishop State Community College.

The Jaguars were District 6A champions.

Pictured above: (L-R) Dalton Wise, JJ Pease, Quint Rayburn, Billy Kaser and Dylan Pitts, (back L-R) Jaguar varsity coaches Joe Rieland, Marc Conti and Mike Wallace.  Submitted photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

All-Star Baseball, Softball Games Thursday, Includes Century Little League Equipment Drive

June 5, 2018

The 2017-18 Subway High School All-Star Series concludes Thursday, June 7 with the baseball and softball games at UWF’s Jim Spooner Field and Softball Complex in Pensacola.

New at this year’s event, Pensacola Sports is holding an equipment drive.  Fans are encouraged to bring used / new baseball and softball equipment to be donated to the Century Little League.  Recently, the Pensacola Sports Foundation donated $3,000 to the league (pictured above).

Donations can include balls, bats, gloves, bags, cleats, catchers gear, trainings aids, etc.  Century Little League officials will be on-site collecting the equipment.

Century Little League will also gladly accept donations of monetary value.

Everyone who donates will receive a $10 Academy Sports and Outdoors Coupon.

“We are looking forward to seeing the response we get from the community in our effort to help the Century Little League,” said Pensacola Sports President Ray Palmer.  “Our intent is to make this a component of all our all-star games moving forward and will find deserving leagues and organizations to be the benefactor.”

The head coaches for the west teams, comprised of Escambia County schools, are West Florida Tech’s Mike Kent coaching softball and Sonny Reedy of Catholic High School coaching baseball.

Okaloosa and Santa Rosa County Schools make up the east team.  John Carlisle of Baker High School will lead the east softball team while Laurel Hill’s Catfish Hill will coach the east baseball team.

West Softball

Catholic — Donovan Whibbs — 2B
Catholic — Griffin Reedy — Pitcher
Catholic — Cole Moore — C/P/OF
Catholic — Hunter Chipman — P
Catholic — Gabe Faucheaux — OF
Catholic — Trey Whitehead — 1B/LHP/OF
Catholic — Evan Dominguez — P/OF
Escambia — Dominick Miller — LHP/1B/OF
Escambia — Bryce Keever — LHP
Northview — John Chivington — 3B/SS
PCA — David Mundt — CF
Pensacola — Damyis Olds — 3B/P
Pine Forest — Kyler Hultgren — C
Tate — Reid Halfacre — OF
Tate — Jesse Sherrill — 2B/SS
Tate — Trent Jeffcoat — 3B/SS
Tate — Blake Anderson — 1B
Washington — Jaxson Messer — C
Washington — Josh Stanton — OF/2B
West FL Tech — Billy Kaser — OF
West FL Tech — Bryant Johnecheck — OF
West FL Tech — Dalton Wise — C
West FL Tech — John Pease — RHP
West FL Tech — Wyatt Whyner — 1B
West FL Tech — Quint Rayburn — RHP
Head Coach: Sonny Reedy, Catholic High School

East Softball

Baker — Lane Boone — OF
Central — Chrystian Westfall — OF, IF
Choctaw — Drew Mercier — SS/2B
Choctaw — Kyle Johnson — C
Choctaw — Zach Nash — 1B
Crestview — Blake Vann — OF/C
FWB — Tobias Ward-Boulden — RHP/SS
FWB — Waylon Steele — CF/3B
Gulf Breeze — Brandon Schrepf — CF/P
Gulf Breeze — Carson Reeder — P/1B
Gulf Breeze — Stephen Halstead — P/SS
Jay — Reid Kelley — OF
Laurel Hill — Bryan Pursley — C/IF/P
Laurel Hill — Justin Rosen — IF/P
Milton — Caleb Mincks — P/2B/OF
Milton — Zach McKnight — 3B/2B/P
Navarre — Cade Taylor — 1B/2B
Navarre — Ryan Cocker — 3B/SS/P
Niceville — Chance Huff — P/OF
Niceville — Noah Bailey — LF/P/3B
Pace — Bennett Shell — CF
Pace — Blake Cordova — SS/2B
Pace — Dalton Childs — C
Pace — Izzy Ham — 1B
Rocky Bayou — Jack Wolgast — P/OF
Head Coach: Catfish Hill, Laurel Hill

West Soft

Catholic — Savanna Nobles — P/1B/3B
Catholic — Kayla Carrell — SS/P
Escambia — Skye Lanham — OF
Escambia — Aleka Anglin — 2B/OF
Escambia — Madeline McCollum — C
Escambia — Peyton Anglin — CF
Milton — Kelsey Hodges — 1B/3B
Pace — Brooke Shelby — CF/P
Pace — Autumn Dunlap — C
Pine Forest — Cierra Morits — 3B/2B
Pine Forest — Halee Nagem — 1B
Tate — Belle Wolfden — C/SS
Tate — Hannah Brown — P/OF
Tate — Sydni Solliday — RF
Tate — Deazia Nickerson — LF
Tate — Taylor Hedgepath — 2B
Tate — Madisen Nelson — 1B
Washington — Brennah Coffin — P/2B
West Fla Tech — Keyana Norman — OF
Head Coach: Mike Kent, West Florida Tech

East Softball

Baker — Makina Potter — 1B/DP/DH
Central — Kira Holley — P
Central — Alex Simmons — 2B
Central — Jackie Jernigan — CF
Crestview — Taylor Bumgardner — CF/P
Crestview — Hannah Dukes — C
FWB — Virginia Elsperman — P
Gulf Breeze — Reagan Raley — SS
Gulf Breeze — Taylor Baker — C
Gulf Breeze — Kamryn Hearn — OF
Gulf Breeze — Alyssa Lewter — 2B/OF
Jay — Kolby Bray — 3B
Jay — Haylee Watson — C
Jay — Sarah Barhill — 1B
Navarre — Britney Silver — 2B/MI/OF
Navarre — Morgan Marquis — P/1B/2B
Navarre — Emma Thomas — 3B/MI
Navarre — Nathalie Holbrook — OF/1B
Niceville — Sydney Bird — 3B/OF
Niceville — Raiven Bryant — SS
Niceville — Katelynn Inness — P
Rocky Bayou — Kaylee Orr –
Head Coach: John Carlisle, Baker High School

NorthEscambia.com photo.

Wahoos Beat Biloxi

June 5, 2018

The Blue Wahoos tied the series against Biloxi with a 5-1 victory Monday night at Blue Wahoos Stadium.

The ballgame would become a pitchers’ duel between Pensacola’s Daniel Wright and Biloxi’s Luis Ortiz as both starters pitched a combined 10 scoreless innings before turning things over to their respective bullpens.

The Blue Wahoos took control of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. Chris Okey hit a three-run double off the top of the wall with the bases loaded, which gave the Wahoos the lead 3-0. The Pensacola added its final two runs on a Daniel Sweet RBI triple and a C.J. McElroy sacrifice fly.

Wright dominated over six shutout innings. He allowed only two hits, two walks, and struck out a season-high 10 batters. The Shuckers threatened in the ninth with a run off Alex Powers before Alejandro Chacin (S, 2) slammed the door on the threat by coaxing Keston Hiura into a fly out to end the game.

Robinson Leyer (W, 3-2) picked up the win with a scoreless inning out of the bullpen. Ortiz pitched four innings and allowed no runs, one hit, no walks, and four strikeouts in a no-decision. The Blue Wahoos did all their damage against Shuckers reliever Cody Ponce (L, 2-4). He worked four innings and was saddled with all five runs on three hits.

The series continues with the middle game Tuesday night. Right-hander Keury Mella (4-2, 3.16) will pitch for the Wahoos against Biloxi right-hander Zach Brown (4-0, 2.76).

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