Tate High Cheerleader Makayla Hartley Signs With University Of West Georgia

May 16, 2022

Tate High School cheerleader Makayla Hartley has signed with the University of West Georgia Wolves. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Wahoos Walk-Off With Series Sweep Over Trash Pandas

May 16, 2022

After a three-hour rain delay, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth for a dramatic 6-5 walk-off win and a series sweep over the Rocket City Trash Pandas on Sunday night.

Victor Victor Mesa singled into the right field corner to score pinch runner Thomas Jones from third base, handing the Blue Wahoos their sixth win in a row and the first six-game sweep in team history.

Rocket City scored four early runs in the first inning against Jeff Lindgren, capped by a three-run homer from Ryan Aguilar. Lindgren settled down with three perfect innings afterwards, but only a Cobie Fletcher-Vance RBI single in the fourth inning against Coleman Crow prevented the Blue Wahoos from being blanked in the first half of the game.

Trailing 4-1 after four innings, persistent rain became too much to play through and the tarp was pulled. As the game was not official yet, the two teams waited two hours and 55 minutes before play resumed after 8 o’clock.

Rocket City added an insurance run in the fifth with an RBI double from Orlando Martinez, but the Blue Wahoos got an RBI double from Fletcher-Vance in the sixth to draw to within three runs.

Eli Villalobos and Josh Simpson each turned in scoreless innings before Colton Hock (W, 2-2) worked a scoreless ninth. Trailing 5-2, Griffin Conine led off the ninth with a double before Fletcher-Vance blooped an RBI single, his third run-scoring hit of the night. Bubba Hollins coaxed a walk before Santiago Chávez brought the Blue Wahoos within a run with an RBI single up the middle. Pinch-runner Hayden Cantrelle scored on a Luis Ledo (L, 2-2) wild pitch, setting the stage for Mesa’s walk-off single.

The Blue Wahoos have now won six in a row, their longest streak since May of 2021, and lead the South Division by 2.0 games.

After an off day on Monday, the Blue Wahoos hit the road for a six-game series against the Montgomery Biscuits on Tuesday.

by Erik Bremer, Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Molino Dirt Road Divas Win 8U Alabama League Championship

May 15, 2022

The Molino Dirt Road Divas won the Gulf Coast Sports 8U Alabama League Championship Saturday in Robertsdale. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

McCambley Leads Blue Wahoos To Fifth Win In A Row

May 15, 2022

Zach McCambley struck out eight batters over 6.0 scoreless innings as the first-place Pensacola Blue Wahoos defeated the Rocket City Trash Pandas 2-1 Saturday night.

McCambley (W, 2-2) completed 6.0 innings for the second start in a row, and has now allowed only one run on six hits over 12.0 innings in the month of May.

Rocket City starter Ky Bush (L, 2-1) matched McCambley zero for zero until the bottom of the sixth, when Thomas Jones led things off with a double and took third on a Victor Victor Mesa bunt. Jones scored on a Troy Johnston sacrifice fly, and Mesa scored from second on Griffin Conine’s two-out infield single to put the Blue Wahoos ahead 2-0.

Jefry Yan pitched a scoreless seventh, and Anthony Maldonado (S, 1) worked around back-to-back two-out doubles from Braxton Martinez and Preston Palmeiro in the ninth to earn his first save.

The Blue Wahoos have now won five in a row, and on Sunday will aim for their first six-game winning streak since May of 2021. They have not swept a series since taking five straight from Mobile in July of 2019, and have never swept a six-game series in team history.

The Blue Wahoos wrap up their homestand against the Rocket City Trash Pandas on Sunday.

by Erik Bremer, Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Northview Chiefs Fall In Regional Final To Holmes County

May 14, 2022

The Northview Chiefs lost their 1A regional final game 6-3 to Holmes County Friday night in Bonifay.

Kaden Odom was on the hill for Northview, giving up six hits and four runs while striking out three in three and third innings. Josh Landis threw two and two-thirds innings allowing two hits, two runs and striking out two.

Jamarkus Jefferson and Luke Bridges both had two hits to lead the Chiefs at the plate. Odom, Landis and Wyatt Scruggs added one hit each.

The Northview Chiefs ended their season at 17-7.

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Wahoos Win Fourth Straight, Move Into First Place

May 14, 2022

Eury Pérez struck out nine more batters over 5.1 brilliant innings, Thomas Jones hit a late go-ahead home run, and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos took sole possession of first place on Friday night with a 4-2 win over the Rocket City Trash Pandas.

The Blue Wahoos are 16-15, above the .500 mark for the first time this season, and have earned their first series victory with their longest winning streak of the year.

Pérez and Rocket City starter Sam Bachman locked horns, with both top pitching prospects showing off their dominant stuff. Bachman allowed only a walk over 4.0 hitless innings, and Rocket City managed only a fourth-inning single through the first five frames against Pérez.

In the top of the sixth, a leadoff walk from Bryce Teodosio was followed by a one-out RBI double from Jose Gomez to give Rocket City the game’s first run. Pérez departed, and Orlando Martinez laced an RBI single against Andrew Nardi (W, 2-2) to put the Trash Pandas ahead 2-0.

The Blue Wahoos answered back in the bottom of the sixth, as Jones was hit by a pitch and Victor Victor Mesa beat out an infield single for Pensacola’s first hit of the night. Troy Johnston and Jerar Encarnacion then hit back-to-back RBI singles to tie the game 2-2.

In the seventh, Bubba Hollins found his way aboard before a two-out, two-run homer from Jones against Eric Torres (L, 0-1) gave the Blue Wahoos a 4-2 lead. Josh Simpson and Eli Villalobos (S, 3) pitched the final two innings to seal Pensacola’s fourth win in a row.

The Blue Wahoos continue their series against the Rocket City Trash Pandas on Saturday.

by Erik Bremer, Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Jay Tops Northview In 1A Regional Softball Semifinal (With Photo Gallery)

May 13, 2022

The Jay Royals defeated the Northview Chiefs 6-3 in 1A regional semifinal softball Thursday night in Jay.

Jay took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning and continued to a 6-0 advantage by the end of the firth inning. The Lady Chiefs rallied in the seventh with three runs, including two run out of the park home run from Kayla Dixon.

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Jamison Gilman allowed two hits and two runs in two innings for Northview. Emma Gilmore was in the circle for four innings, allowing four hits, four runs and striking out four.

Alayna Lowery went seven innings for Jay, allowing five hits and three runs while striking out two and walking one.

Dixon, Alanna Roberson, Kaitlin Gafford, Kailyn Watson and Chloe Ragsdale each had one hit for the Chiefs.

Lowery and Ella Nelson had two hits each for the Royals, while Caitlyn Gavin and Brett Watson had one each.

Jay (19-5, 6-0) is on a 15 game winning streak as they move on to the regional final on Tuesday against Paxton (14-4, 4-2).

Northview’s season ended at 13-13, 2-2 in the district.

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Three Home Runs As Wahoos Win Third Straight

May 13, 2022

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos brought home eight runs on three home runs as they won their third straight ballgame on Thursday night, defeating the Rocket City Trash Pandas 9-8 to pull back to the .500 mark.

Ray-Patrick Didder hit the club’s first grand slam of the season, Santiago Chávez blasted a three-run homer in his return to Pensacola, and Jerar Encarnacion stayed hot with his team-leading eighth homer in a 3-for-4 night.

Rocket City scored three early runs against Will Stewart (W, 1-1) in the first inning, as Braxton Martinez hit a two-run double and Kevin Maitan brought home a run on an RBI groundout. Bryce Teodosio hit a solo homer in the second to put the Trash Pandas ahead 4-0.

Stewart completed 5.0 innings, working scoreless ball the rest of his night, allowing the offense to get back in the game. Didder’s grand slam in the second tied things up against Aaron Hernandez (L, 0-2), and the Blue Wahoos put two men aboard in the fourth inning before reliever Kolton Ingram served up Chávez’s three-run home run to put Pensacola ahead 7-4.

Encarnacion homered in the fifth, giving him hits in seven consecutive at-bats on the heels of Wednesday’s 4-for-4 performance. Griffin Conine got in on the act with a two-out RBI single in the sixth that proved to be the game-winning run.

Maitan and Trey Cabbage hit solo homers against Anthony Maldonado, and Teodosio hit a two-run single off Dylan Bice in the eighth to bring Rocket City within a run. Colton Hock (S, 4) remained perfect in save opportunities this season, working a scoreless ninth.

Winners of three straight for the first time this season, the Blue Wahoos are now 15-15 on the season and have pulled into a tie for first place after Montgomery was swept by Tennessee in a doubleheader.

The Blue Wahoos continue their series against the Rocket City Trash Pandas on Friday.

by Erik Bremer, Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Mincey, Blue Wahoos Cruise to 8-2 Victory Over The Trash Pandas

May 12, 2022

Early offense buoyed Cody Mincey once again as the Pensacola Blue Wahoos defeated the Rocket City Trash Pandas 8-2 on Wednesday night.

Mincey (W, 2-1) became the fourth consecutive Blue Wahoos starter to deliver a quality start, allowing just two unearned runs over a career-high 6.0 innings.

The Blue Wahoos scored four runs in the first inning against Brent Killam (L, 1-2), taking advantage of a Preston Palmeiro error to stake Mincey to an early lead. Jerar Encarnacion had the first of his season-high four hits to drive in the game’s first run, and Victor Victor Mesa capped the inning with a two-run blast for his first home run of the year.

Rocket City pushed across two unearned runs in the third on a Trey Cabbage sacrifice fly and Braxton Martinez RBI single, but Mincey kept things in check for the remainder of his outing. Encarnacion hit a two-run homer in the fifth, his team-leading seventh homer of the year, and Mesa brought home his third and fourth RBI of the night with a single in the eighth.

Jefry Yan and Andrew Nardi delivered scoreless relief for the final 3.0 innings to secure Pensacola’s second consecutive win.

The Blue Wahoos continue their series against the Rocket City Trash Pandas on Thursday.

by Erik Bremer, Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Northview Headed To Regional Final After 7-3 Win Over Paxton

May 11, 2022

The Northview Chiefs beat Paxton 7-3 Tuesday night in Bratt in the 1A regional semifinals.

Jamarkus Jefferson earned the win for the Northview Chiefs, allowing two hits and two runs in four and two-thirds innings while striking out six. Burkett threw two and one third innings in relief.

Jefferson and Wyatt Scruggs led Northview at the plate, both going 2-3. Burkett, Luke Bridges and Kaden Odom each added a hit.

Northview will travel to top seed Holmes County Friday night in Bonifay for the regional final. Holmes County advanced by beating jay 7-3 Tuesday night.

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