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Lady Pirates finish season as State Runners Up in softball

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What a year the Sneads Lady Pirates have had in fast-pitch softball. I say that because they went further this year than in any other year since the change from slow pitch to fast pitch. The Lady Pirates battled through to the end last week, ending the season with a 7-3 loss to Trenton but can hold their heads high with a 21-9 record for the season. 

Coach Shawn Graham sent senior ace Marissa Baxter to the circle for this all-important game. Baxter went the distance, giving up just three earned runs on 11 scattered hits and two walks and struck out four batters.  

Hits were scarce for the Lady Pirates with the team totaling just three on the day, while taking advantage of four walks. Sneads was three up, three down in the top of the first inning. In the second inning, Kiara Garrett led off with a walk and moved to second on a passed ball. With one out, Taylor Lanphere kept her on-base-percentage at 1000% when she drew a walk but a pair of strikeouts left two on the bags.  

The Lady Pirates had a two-out single by Michaela Edenfield but a strikeout left her on the bag at first.  It was a pair of three up, three down innings in the fourth and fifth before they Lady Pirates offense came alive in the sixth.  Abby Perkins led off with a double to left centerfield. Michaela Edenfield drew a walk and with one out, Kiara Garrett drew a walk to load the bases. With two outs, Taylor Lanphere completed her banner offensive showing at the state tournament with a three-RBI double. A strikeout ended the inning but Sneads had made it a 7-3 game and erased the goose egg. 

In the seventh inning, the Lady Pirates were three up, three down to end their season as Florida’s runners-up in the state tournament. They competed from the first day they stepped on the field in February until the final out was made in the championship game and are to be commended and congratulated on a stellar season.    

Sneads had an impeccable season, finished 21-9, outscored their opponents 247-80 runs, had five shut outs, 13 run-ruled games and two of their losses were 1-0 losses.  They will return a solid core group and will have as their goal to make it one step further than they did this year. Congratulations to an awesome Lady Pirates team, coaches, and fans.

Marianna brings home Florida State runner-up trophy in softball

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The Marianna Lady Bulldogs took the field against Coral Springs Charter School knowing they were facing the number seven team in the nation and never flinched at the thought of that. They battled through seven innings, falling 7-2 walking off the field as the State Runners-Up overall, but as the number one public school team in the state.  

Coach Scott Wiggins put his ace, Chloe Temples in the circle for this all-important game. Temples went the distance, giving up just two earned runs on three this, three walks, four errors committed behind her and fanned five batters. 

Marianna had a two-out single by Gabby Bess with Amari Brown following with a walk. A strikeout left two runners on the bags.  Coral Springs was kept off the scoreboard as well in the bottom of the frame. 

The Lady Dawgs drew first blood in the top of the second inning when Chloe Temples helped herself out with a walk. Temples made her way to second when Anni Beebe drew a walk with Lauren ‘LuLu’ Brock driving in Temples on a single up the middle. A strikeout ended the inning but Marianna had a 1-0 lead. Coral Springs answered with three runs in the bottom of the second to take a 3-1 lead. 

With one out in the third, Amari Brown drew her second walk of the day but was out on a fielder’s choice by Lexie Spooner. Angel Curry reached on an error that got Spooner going to third to end the inning.  Coral Springs added a run to make it a 4-1 lead. 

Anni Beebe reached on an error with one out and ended up on second. A sacrifice by Jayden Sorey moved her to third but a ground out left her on the bag.  Coral Springs had a goose egg in the bottom of the fourth. 

In the fifth inning, Deana Holland singled but was out on a double-play ball.  Amari Brown followed with a single but a strikeout ended the inning.  A two-out walk to Anni Beebe was the only baserunner for Marianna in the top of the sixth.  Coral Springs plated three runs to make it a 7-1 game.

Marianna didn’t let up in the seventh inning with Deana Holland singling up the left side and moving to second on a sac by Gabby Bess. Amari Brown tripled to scored Holland but a ground out ended the inning and the game.

Marianna finished their season 27-2-2 and as the number two team in the state.  They scored 307 runs, 319 including the preseason games, had 18 run-ruled games, 15 shutouts while allowing just 47 runs in 31 games, two of those pre-season games. To say it was a season to remember is an understatement. Congratulations to the MHS softball team on a super season.

County Commissioners updated on status of Blue Springs

Public Works Director Rett Daniels addressed the board in their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night about the status of Blue Springs and the possibility of it being opened this summer. 

Daniels said, “I have a double for you tonight. Last time I spoke with you, there was a decision made about Blue Springs and I don’t know about you, but my phone has been ringing ever since, however I do believe that was the right call at the time. An update since then, Mrs. Daniels (Wilanne) has contacted Chipola and pleaded with them to help coordinate a life guard class. That will start this Friday and go through the weekend.  We have six individuals enrolled in that class and depending on how many complete it and get certified, with the four we already have, that will be 10 which is great.  That is enough that I am comfortable with that number.”

Commissioner Chuck Lockey asked what would be the minimum amount of lifeguards Daniels would open the park with for the season.  Daniels said most probably six total. He said if two made it, he would try it but he thought all would make it.

The Park will be open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

Daniels said in response to questions about the condition of the park, the debris and repairs needed, that he had met with a contractor and has another one he’s meeting with.  He said they had the FEMA inspection last week. He said they eluded to him that the entire dock system might be reimbursable, giving him two options. The first option was the one already approved by the board and that is that the contractor can replace what is useable from the old dock system. He said of the 26 sections, 18 can be replaced.  Those being replaced will have to be filled with foam at a cost of $900 each.  All handrails were destroyed. To put back the old dock would be approximately $33,000.  To replace the entire thing would be at a cost of $128,000, including foam filled on all. The docks were not insured. The time frame on completing the work at Blue Springs is four weeks. Daniels said with that time frame, he is anticipating a July 04 opening day. 

A motion was made by Commissioner Jim Peacock to repair what we have money allotted for ($33,000) and seek alternatives over the next year for future repairs. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Willie Spires and carried 5-0.

Sneads baseball is headed to final four

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The Sneads Pirates baseball team had a little extra incentive going in to Friday night’s game in enemy territory against Holmes County.  No matter the century, no baseball team wants to be a step behind softball. The Sneads Lady Pirates softball team had already punched their ticket to the state tournament and baseball wanted a shot at it also. They knew up front they had their work cut out for them and they took the diamond with one thought – a win and we are headed to state. Seven innings later, a 4-2 win under their belt and they are headed to the final four for a shot at Sneads first state baseball championship.  

Coach Andy Shelton sent Justin Tye to the mound. Tye got the job done and left after six complete innings with a 4-1 lead, giving the Pirates a chance to win it all. He went six innings, giving up one run on two hits, five walks and struck out three batters.  Senior Mac Danford was called on to close out the final inning for his first appearance on the mound this season. After a leadoff single, followed by a hit batter, Danford recorded the first out. A single allowed one run to score before a pair of outs ended the inning.

The Pirates were on offense first and with one out, Tyler Brown singled up the middle but was caught attempting to steal second with no runs crossing the plate.

Holmes County drew first blood in the bottom of the second inning with one run crossing the board. The Pirates took the lead and kept it in the third inning. With Justin Tye drawing a leadoff walk, Mac Danford went yard over the centerfield fence to put Sneads up 2-1. 

Sneads had opportunity in the fourth inning but could not capitalize on a run crossing the plate. Parker Hayes reached on an error with one out but was out on a fielder’s choice by Zach Thomas. A grounder ended the inning.

The Pirates added a pair of runs in the sixth inning. Tuesday night’s hero on the mound, Colton Mercer got it done offensively when he took advantage of a Holmes County miscue to get things going. A sac by Russell Allen moved Mercer to second before a two-out double by Parker Hayes had him crossing home plate.  Zach Thomas singled up the middle to score Hayes before the inning came to an end.

The Pirates were three up, three down in the top of the seventh but had more than enough for the win. 

Sneads was scheduled to head to state early Tuesday morning to take on Williston. State tournament is held in Ft. Myers.

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