The Malone junior varsity baseball team traveled to Marianna last week to take on the Bulldogs and left with a 7-4 loss. Spencer Floyd was on the mound for the Tigers and took the loss, giving up seven runs, just three of those earned on three walks, six hits, and three costly errors. Floyd sat seven Bulldogs down on strikes with three of those in a row in the third and fourth innings. Brady Donaldson got the starting nod on the mound for the Bulldogs and picked up the win. Donaldson gave up one unearned run on three hits, one walk, and fanned 10 batters, including striking out the side in the third inning in four and a third innings of work. Ben Herman came on to close out the two-thirds inning, gave up three runs on two hits and four walks.
Malone scored three runs in the top of the first inning. Riley Robinson drew a walk and moved to second on sac by Tanner Padgett. Spencer Floyd helped himself out with a single, stole second and both runners scored on a triple by Jacob Dunaway. Max Harkrider drew a walk and with one out and moved to second with two outs, when Javarius Gibson drew a walk. Ashton Baxter rounded out the baserunners when he walked to load the bases but a strikeout left the bags full of Tigers. Marianna answered with three runs to tie the game in their half of the inning. Ben Herman got things going with a leadoff single and stole second base. Carey Griffin followed with a single before Brady Donaldson took advantage of a Tiger error and reached first safely with Herman scoring on the play. With one out, a sac by Blake Barber scored Griffin. Deacon Temples drew a walk with Brady Donaldson scoring on a wild pitch during his at bat. A single by Joshua Allen to the right side put runners on the corners but a strikeout ended the inning.
Malone had a one-out walk to Tanner Padgett to start their offense in the second inning. With two outs, Jacob Dunaway doubled but a strikeout left runners on second and third. Marianna countered with three runs in their half of the frame. Ethan Taylor singled, moved to second on a wild pitch before Ben Herman was hit by a pitch. A walk to Carey Griffin loaded the bases. A fielder’s choice by Brady Donaldson scored Taylor and Herman with Donaldson and Griffin reaching safely. A wild pitch scored Griffin and moved Donaldson to third before the inning ended.
Malone and Marianna were both three up, three down in the third inning. Malone scored their final run in the fourth inning. Spencer Floyd reached on an error to get things started and moved to second on the play. With one out, Max Harkrider showed he had watched dad coach for years and mimicked what he had seen taught in practice with a single to right centerfield. A single by Jarrod Southwell scored Floyd before a pair of outs brought the inning to a close. Marianna answered with a run. Trevon Goosby led off with a single and moved to second on an error. With one out, he was out trying to steal third. Carey Griffin singled to right field and moved to second when Brady Donaldson took one for his team. Tanner Spooner reached on an error that scored Griffin and moved Donaldson to second before a ground out ended the inning.
Malone added their final run in the fifth inning. Spencer Floyd took advantage of a Bulldog miscue to reach second safely. With one out, Floyd scored on a single by Max Harkrider. Jarrod Southwell followed suit with a single but a pair of outs ended the inning and the game.