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Optimist Park AA wrap up

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Last week, the Optimist Park AA league started its first full week of games. The fields were bustling with players ready to take the field and show off what they continue to learn at practice.

 

Cubs take 8-3 win over Rays

The Cubs faced the Rays and picked up the 8-3 win. 

For the Rays in the first, Juelz Maldonado reached first safely. With one out, Jeb Basford got the crowd on their feet with a two-run HOMERUN! Back-to-back outs ended the inning for the Rays. In the Cubs half of the first, Gabe Adkins had a leadoff HOMERUN to get things going for his team. Beclan Charles doubled and scored on a triple by Kingston Bell. Josiah Rednour doubled home Bell for the Cubs last run of the inning. After one complete inning, the Cubs led 3-2.

The Rays went down one, two, three in the second inning. Charles Dickson had a leadoff single for the Cubs in the bottom of the frame. Caden Allen singled to move Charles Dickson to scoring position, but three consecutive outs left a pair of runners on base. 

In the third inning, the Rays were retired in order. With one out, Gabe Adkins had a single to get things going for the Cubs in their half of the third. Beclan Charles’ double brought Adkins home. With two outs, Kingston Bell tripled to score Charles.  Josiah Rednour brought the fans to their feet with a two-run HOMERUN! A strikeout ended the inning, with the Cubs leading 7-2.

A single by Jeb Basford was the only offense for the Rays in the top of the fourth. Ja’Marcus Sims doubled to leadoff the bottom of the fourth of the Cubs. Sims scored before three consecutive outs ended the inning. 

In the top of the fifth, Myles Tolin had a leadoff HOMERUN for the Rays. With two outs, Thadius Myrick doubled but was left on the bag when the third out ended the inning. in the bottom of the frame, the Cubs went down in order. 

 

Rays take 9-6 win over Sneads Indians

The Optimist Park Rays welcomed the Sneads Indians last week and picked up a 9-6 win. 

In the top of the first, Brody Ragans doubled for the Indians only offense of the inning. Three consecutive outs left him stranded at second. Juelz Maldonado got the crowd on their feet when he hit a leadoff HOMERUN for the Rays. Three straight strikeouts ended the inning, with the Rays leading 1-0.

The Indians went down in order in the top of the second. In the bottom of the frame, Thadius Myrick singled for the Rays, but three strikeouts left him stranded at first. 

A double by Brayden Subel was the Sneads Indians only offense of the third. With two outs, Carter Hughes had a single to get things started for the Rays. Juelz Maldonado singled, with Trace Johnson following with a single to bring Hughes home. Jeb Basford doubled and brought Maldonado home. Myles Tolin followed suit with a double of his own that scored Johnson. Thadius Myrick’s single scored Basford, with Evan Jones scoring Tolin on a single. Grayson Tharp doubled to score Myrick for the Indians final run of the inning. Going into the fourth inning, the Rays had a 7-0 lead. 

In the fourth, Spencer Lewis tripled to get things started for Sneads. With two outs, Matthew Rabon singled and scored Lewis. Weston Anderson reached and scored Rabon, with Anderson scoring before the final out ended the inning. With one out, Brantley Basford singled to get things going for the Rays. Carter Hughes followed suit with a single of his own. With two outs, Trace Johnson singled home Brantley Basford. Jeb Basford singled and scored Hughes for the Rays final run of the game. After four complete innings, the rays led 9-3.

For Sneads, Tucker Wilkinson had a leadoff single in the top of the fifth. Jakobi Highsmith doubled and scored Wilkinson. Cooper Wester tripled home Jakobi Highsmith and with two outs, Tracen Anderson singled to score Highsmith. A strikeout ended the game, with the Rays taking the win. 

 

Angels shutout Sneads Cyclones

The Angels of Optimist Park hosted the Sneads Cyclones last week and shut them out 5-0.

The Cyclones went down in order in the top of the first. For the Angels, Graham Milton led off with a HOMERUN! With one out, Beau Swearingen singled to put a runner back on base for his team. With two outs, Joshua White singled to move Swearingen into scoring position. Ayden Brown’s been watching big sister Amari and took notes when he doubled home Swearingen for the Angels final run of the inning. After one complete inning, the Angels led 2-0.

For Sneads, Poythress had a one-out single to get things started in the top of the second. With two outs, Sourbeck had a double, but a third out left runners and second and third. The Angels were retired one, two, three in the bottom of the inning. 

A two-out single by Conrad was the only offense for the Cyclones in the third. The Angels were three up, three down in their half of the frame. 

It was a one, two, three inning for Sneads in the fourth. With one out, Gage Bragan singled to get his team’s offense started. Beau Swearingen tripled and scored Bragan to add an RBI to his stats. Blake Flowers cleared the bases with a TWO-RUN HOMERUN! With two outs, Ayden Brown singled, followed by a double by Sam Bryan. A strikeout ended the inning, with runners left on the bags. Going into the fifth, the Angels led 5-0.

In the fifth inning, the Cyclones remained scoreless. Brody Burch had a leadoff single for the Angels in the bottom of the frame. With one out, Grayson Arnette had a single, but back-to-back strikeouts ended the inning. 

Sneads went down in order in the sixth and final inning.

Florida Caverns receives trees from Southern Craft Creamery

Southern Craft Creamery celebrated earth day in grand fashion.  Southern Craft is a huge supporter of the Florida Caverns State Park and were as devastated as everyone about the damage caused to the park by Hurricane Michael. Prior to Michael’s arrival, Southern Craft was already a supporter of the Caverns as 100% of the tips received at the Creamery is donated to Friends of the Florida Caverns.

This week, the Caverns received a host of young trees from these donations.  Friends showed with shovels and all the works to get them properly planted in the ground so the new look can commence. 

Jackson County is truly blessed to have businesses and individuals going the extra mile to put our county back together after Hurricane Michael.  Shout out to Southern Craft Creamery for a job well done from the publisher and staff of the Jackson County Times.

Governor Ron DeSantis Requests Increased Federal Cost Share for Hurricane Michael Recovery

Following Hurricane Michael Upgrade to a Category 5 Storm 

On Friday, April 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting an increase in the federal cost share from 75 percent to 90 percent for the remainder of Hurricane Michael recovery. This request follows the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s announcement that Hurricane Michael has been upgraded to a Category 5 hurricane – only the fourth Category 5 storm to ever impact the United States and the first to impact Florida as a Category 5 since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

“I am officially requesting an increase in federal funding for Hurricane Michael recovery from 75 to 90 percent,” said Governor DeSantis. “Since my first full day in office when I visited Northwest Florida, it was clear that the efforts to rebuild and recover were far from over. An increase in the federal share will help Northwest Florida tremendously and I thank President Trump for his previous commitment to fully fund the first 45 days of recovery from this storm. I look forward to continuing to work with the President to ensure Northwest Florida completely recovers.”

“At the Division of Emergency Management, we recognized the devastation this storm caused and took action in January by putting in place new processes and procedures to get funding out as quickly as possible,” said FDEM Director Jared Moskowitz. “I applaud Governor DeSantis for providing leadership and requesting 90 percent federal funding on the same day that Hurricane Michael was upgraded to a Category 5. This increase in federal funding will provide critical savings to Panhandle communities during their recovery.”

The President has the authority to issue a waiver and increase the federal cost share for hurricane recovery from the standard 75 percent to 90 percent prior to costs reaching the 90 percent threshold. With the recent upgrade of Hurricane Michael to a Category 5, as well as the tremendous amount of debris removal performed since the storm’s impact, the state estimates that this threshold will be met in the future. This change in the federal cost share would save the state and Northwest Florida communities hundreds of millions of dollars.

In January, Governor DeSantis announced that President Donald Trump granted his request for 45 days of 100% federal cost share for Hurricane Michael debris removal and emergency protective measures. Prior to Governor DeSantis securing this commitment, the federal government had only granted five days of 100% cost share. These additional 40 days saved the state and Northwest Florida almost half a billion dollars.

Governor Ron DeSantis Requests Increased Federal Cost Share for Hurricane Michael Recovery

Following Hurricane Michael Upgrade to a Category 5 Storm 

On Friday, April 19th, Governor Ron DeSantis sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting an increase in the federal cost share from 75 percent to 90 percent for the remainder of Hurricane Michael recovery. This request follows the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s announcement that Hurricane Michael has been upgraded to a Category 5 hurricane – only the fourth Category 5 storm to ever impact the United States and the first to impact Florida as a Category 5 since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

“I am officially requesting an increase in federal funding for Hurricane Michael recovery from 75 to 90 percent,” said Governor DeSantis. “Since my first full day in office when I visited Northwest Florida, it was clear that the efforts to rebuild and recover were far from over. An increase in the federal share will help Northwest Florida tremendously and I thank President Trump for his previous commitment to fully fund the first 45 days of recovery from this storm. I look forward to continuing to work with the President to ensure Northwest Florida completely recovers.”

“At the Division of Emergency Management, we recognized the devastation this storm caused and took action in January by putting in place new processes and procedures to get funding out as quickly as possible,” said FDEM Director Jared Moskowitz. “I applaud Governor DeSantis for providing leadership and requesting 90 percent federal funding on the same day that Hurricane Michael was upgraded to a Category 5. This increase in federal funding will provide critical savings to Panhandle communities during their recovery.”

The President has the authority to issue a waiver and increase the federal cost share for hurricane recovery from the standard 75 percent to 90 percent prior to costs reaching the 90 percent threshold. With the recent upgrade of Hurricane Michael to a Category 5, as well as the tremendous amount of debris removal performed since the storm’s impact, the state estimates that this threshold will be met in the future. This change in the federal cost share would save the state and Northwest Florida communities hundreds of millions of dollars.

In January, Governor DeSantis announced that President Donald Trump granted his request for 45 days of 100% federal cost share for Hurricane Michael debris removal and emergency protective measures. Prior to Governor DeSantis securing this commitment, the federal government had only granted five days of 100% cost share. These additional 40 days saved the state and Northwest Florida almost half a billion dollars.

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