NWE 12U Team Places Second In Myrtle Grove Tournament

April 22, 2018

The Northwest Escambia 12U baseball team placed second in a mid-season tournament Saturday at Myrtle Grove Park. Photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Barons Beat The Wahoos

April 22, 2018

Daniel Wright continued his recent string of dominance to open the season turning his one of his best career starts. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as the Barons claimed the series opener over the Blue Wahoos 2-1 Saturday night in front of a capacity crowd at Blue Wahoos Stadium.

Wright flirted with perfection early in the game by retiring the first 12 Barons that came to the plate in the series opener. It felt like fortune may have been on Wright’s side when Aristides Aquino made a pair of catches to rob the Barons of base hits.  However, Seby Zavala crashed the party with a home run on the first pitch he saw in the fifth inning to give the Barons a 1-0 lead.

Wright maintained his poise and immediately retired the side in order after the home run. He was finished after seven innings give up just the one hit on Zaval’s homer.

Matt Tomshaw, while not as spotless as Wright, turned in an equally fine performance for the Barons. The southpaw scattered seven hits throughout his six innings of work for his second quality start in as many outings. His only real blemish on the night came in the fifth inning, when the Wahoos rallied for one run on three hits. Taylor Sparks and Garrett Boulware led off the inning with back-to-back singles, and Sparks scored on Shed Long’s second hit of the night. The threat was quickly neutralized when the Barons doubled up Boulware on a lineout to centerfield by Luis Gonzalez.

Birmingham dealt the final blow in the top of the ninth when Danny Mendick homered off Rafael De Paula to give Birmingham a 2-1 lead. It was both Mendick’s first home run of the season, and the second home run De Paula had surrendered in as many outings.

The Wahoos had a flicker of hope in the ninth when Gabriel Guerrero led off the inning with a single and eventually landed on second after Zavala’s first passed ball of the season. Despite the tying run in scoring position, Barons closer Ian Hamilton remained unphased and retired the next three Wahoos in order for his third save of the season. Birmingham snapped their six-game losing streak with a two-hit, two home run performance to steal the series opener.

White Sox top prospect Eloy Jimenez finished the game 0-for-3 with a walk. He attempted to tag and score the go-ahead run on Matt Rose’s fly ball in the seventh inning but was thrown out at the plate by Aquino’s wonderful throw for an inning-ending double play.

The series will continue tomorrow afternoon when Reds #22 prospect Keury Mella (2-0, 1.06) toes the rubber for the Wahoos against one of the White Sox top pitching prospects in RHP Spencer Adams (1-0, 4.05). Adams entered 2018 as the White Sox #12 prospect in the organization, according to Baseball America.

Tate Tops Escambia; Northview Takes Chipley

April 21, 2018

Tate 7, Escambia 2

The Tate Aggies beat the Escambia Gators 7-2 Friday night.

Gabe Castro pitched the win for the Aggies in five innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out four. Cole Fryman opened thee game for the Aggies. He allowed one hit and one run over one inning, striking out one. Jace Dunsford earned the last three outs, throwing on inning in relief.

For Tate: Blake Anderson 1-4, R, RBI; Reid Halfacre 1-3, 2 RBI; Trent Jeffcoat 1-3, R; Kaden King 1-2; Raymond Lafleur 2-3, R, RBI; Mason Land 3-4, 2R, RBI; Hunter McLean 3-4, 2 R, RBI; Darrien McDowell R; Jesse Sherrill 1-4, R.

Northview 12, Chipley 2

The Northview Chiefs took home a 12-2 victory over Chipley in five innings Friday night.

Seth Killam earned the win for the Chiefs allowing two runs on five hits and striking out five.

For Northview: Billy Rolin 1-3, R, RBI; Tanner Levins 1-2, R, 3RBI; John Chivington 2-3, 3R; Trevor Singleton 1-3, 2R;  Trevor Singleton 1-3, 2R; Jackson Moore 2-4, 2B, 2R, 3 RB; Adam Aliff R; Logan English 1-2, R; Seth Killam 2-4, R, 2RBI.

Flag Football: Girls Take On Linemen, NJROTC

April 20, 2018

The Northview girls flag football team took on the boys football team linemen and the NJROTC Thursday in a flag football game. The linemen beat the girls 34-0, and the NJROTC topped the girls 14-6.

This was the first year for a Northview flag football team. Next year, the school plans to take part in the district series.

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Tate Baseball Gets Ready For Senior Night With Win Over Escambia: Lady Aggies Beat Navarre

April 20, 2018

The Tate Aggies beat the Escambia Gators Thursday night, 10-5.

Lafleur pitched the win for Tate. He allowed five hits and five runs over five innings, striking out four. Reid Halfacre and Ryan Greene helped to close out the game in relief. Halfacre recorded the last three outs to earn the save for Tate.

For Tate: Ethan Bloodworth 2-3, 2B, 2R; Ryan Greene 2R; Reid Halfacre 1-2, 3B, 2R; Trent Jeffcoat 1-3, r, 2RBI; Raymond Lafleur 1-2, 2B, RBI; Mason Land 1-5, 2B,  2RBI; Hunter McLean 1-3, R; Darrien McDowell 2-3, 2B, R, RBI; Jesse Sherrill 1-4, R; 3RBI.

Friday  will be Senior Night for the Aggies as they honor seniors Reid Halfacre,  Jesse Sherrill, Justin Barnett,  Gabe Castro, Ryan Greene, Trent Jeffcoat, Blake Anderson,  Zach Hyatt, Ethan Bloodsworth and Steven Bates. Senior night activities will begin at 6:00, with the game at 7:00.


Tate 3, Navarre 2

Hanna Brown took the victory for the Lady Aggies in seven innings, allowing two runs, two hits and striking out two. Brown singled in the bottom of the seventh for a walk-off win.

Deazia Nickerson  1-3; Hannah Brown 1-3, RBI; Belle Wolfenden 2-3, 2B, R; Kyndal Bray 1-2, 2B, RBI; Sydni Solliday 1-3; Kayliegh Cawthon 1-1, RBI; Tayler Hedgepath R.

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Braves Sink Wahoos

April 19, 2018

The Blue Wahoos and M-Braves were tied with one out in the eighth inning until Mississippi scored five runs to take Wednesday’s contest 9-4.

With runners at first and third, Cleuluis Rondon bunted a safety squeeze back to the pitcher, Brennan Bernardino, who couldn’t field it cleanly allowing Austin Riley to score. With the Braves leading 5-4, Bernardino did well to strike out Connor Lien but then allowed a double to Luis Valenzuela and a home run to Tyler Marlette to make it 9-4.

The loss doesn’t tarnish what was a fine outing for Vladimir Gutierrez, who pitched six innings and allowed only three runs. After a bumpy first inning where Gutierrez allowed a couple of runs, the Wahoos starter looked comfortable allowing just three baserunners over the rest of his outing.

Austin Riley dealt more punishment to the Wahoos this series going 3-for-4 on Wednesday, with two triples. In this series, Riley is now hitting .583 (7-for-12) with four RBI.

Pensacola used the long ball to power the offense for most of the afternoon. Taylor Sparks tied the game at 2-2 when he belted his first home run of the season off M-Braves starter Touki Toussaint. It appeared the Wahoos would pull away in the fifth when Nick Longhi’s two-run shot put Pensacola ahead 4-2. However, Riley’s second triple of the game in the bottom of the fifth pulled one back for Mississippi and in the seventh Luis Valenzuela’s pinch-hit home run tied it up at 4-4.

Aristides Aquino made it back-to-back games with an RBI with his first inning groundout that gave the Wahoos a 1-0 lead. Luiz Gonzalez also had another fine performance since joining the Wahoos from Daytona going 2-for-3 with a double. Shed Long also extended his on-base streak to 11 games with his first-inning single (also has a concurrent six-game hitting streak).

Tate Wins District In Singles, Doubles; Two Headed To State

April 18, 2018

Two Tate High School tennis players are district champions are will head to state. Luke Racine is the District 1-3A singles champion, and the Aggies doubles team of Racine and Aaron Harberson also won a district championship. They will advance to the state tournament in Altamonte Spring April 30-May 4.

Pictured top: Aaron Harberson and Luke Racine. Pictured below: Racine and Harberson in action. Pictured bottom: The Tate High School tennis teams. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Northview Chiefs Get 5-0 Senior Night Win Over PHS

April 18, 2018

The Northview Chiefs shut out the Pensacola High School Tigers 5-0 Tuesday night in Bratt.

Trevor Singleton, Jackson Mooore and Seth Killam teamed up on the mound, allowing three hits and striking out five.

For Northview: Moore 1-1, 2R; Singleton 1-2, R: John Chivington 1-2, R, RBI; Logan English 1-3, R.

Northview has two remaining games, both on the road. The Chiefs will be at Chipley on Friday and Washington on Monday.

Tuesday night was senior night for the Chiefs as they honored seniors John Chivington, Braxton Edwards, Jason Fischer and Trevor Singleton before their last home game.

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Pictured below: Northview seniors (L-R) Trevor Singleton, Braxton Edwards, Jason Fischer and John Chivington. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

Tate Lady Aggies Beat West Florida In 3-0 Shutout

April 18, 2018

The Tate High School Lady Aggies beat West Florida Tuesday night in a 3-0 shutout.

Hanna Brown tossed the win for the Aggies, allowing no runs on four hits and striking out five. She went 3-3 at the plate.

Also for Tate: Belle Wolfenden 2-4, RBI; Shelby Ullrich R; Sydni Solliday 1-3, RBI; Amber DeCoux 2-3, R; Shelby McLean 1-2; Gabby Locke R.

Pictured top: Sydni Solliday at bat for the Tate Aggies. Pictured below: Shelby McLean bunting for Tate. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Two In A Row: Wahoos Best Braves 8-4

April 18, 2018

For the second straight night the Blue Wahoos put up a crooked number in the first inning and score eight runs on the night. Pensacola scored five runs in the first on the way to an 8-4 win over the Mississippi Braves on Tuesday night at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss.

The Blue Wahoos took advantage of a costly first inning error by the shortstop Luis Valenzuela on a groundball by Shed Long to start the inning. Four hits and five runs later, Luiz Gohara (L, 0-1) was out of the inning. Gohara got the start as his first appearance of the season on a Major League rehab assignment after getting injured early in Spring Training for the Braves.

Gohara pitched well after that, exiting the game after allowing the five runs, only one earned, over 3.1 innings. The Braves top pitching prospect struck out four and walked three in the losing effort.

Keury Mella (W, 2-0) was brilliant on the mound for the Blue Wahoos. He surrendered one unearned run in the first inning, one of two runs the Braves scattered against him over his six innings. He finished with a season-high seven strikeouts with three walks and five hits allowed in his second win of the season.

At the plate, Josh VanMeter maintained his excellence. He finished 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI. He also walked twice more after drawing four free passes in Monday’s series opener. He’s 3-for-3 in the series and has reached safely in nine of his 10 trips to the plate. His only out was a first inning sacrifice fly to the right fielder.

Gabriel Guerrero stayed hot at the plate with a 2-for-5 game. He hit his sixth double of the season and scored twice with another RBI. Taylor Sparks and Luis Gonzalez each collected two hits in the Wahoos win. Sparks is now 4-for-9 in the first two games of the series. Scott Schebler was held hitless in four at bats in his second start in right field for Blue Wahoos as part of his rehab assignment.

The M-Braves loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth with one out but Alex Powers (S, 1) shut the door on the threat with a strikeout and a flyout to centerfield to earn the save and secure the win.

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