The Graceville Ozone baseball team is going to state in July after sweeping the district championship last week. The Graceville team made it through districts like professionals, outscoring their 41 runs to just eight in the combined three games. The offense was hot and the pitching matched it. They defeated Chipley 17-7 in the championship game to move on to state.
Graceville scored three runs in the first inning while allowing Chipley just one run. With two outs, Graceville took advantage of walks to Kelbee Woodham and Zephaniah Brunson before they both scored on a homerun by Tyler Deon. A pair of walks to Connor Dillard and Blaine Woodham were left on the bases with a strikeout to the final batter of the inning.
In the second inning, Drew Greenwood and Riley Nelson both reached base safely with two outs, but a fly out to short kept them from scoring.
Seven runs crossed the plate for Graceville in the third inning with Chipley only being able to answer with two. Neal Adams doubled and scored on a single by Kelbee Woodham. Zephaniah Brunson doubled home Woodham before Tyler Deon singled him home. With one out, Blaine Woodham drew a walk before Lamar Sowell took advantage of an error to make his way around the bases. Walks to Christian Myrick and Neal Adams had Myrick scoring before the inning came to an end.
Graceville added two runs in the third inning with Chipley countering with two of their own. Zephaniah Brunson singled and scored on a single by Tyler Deon. Deon scored with one out on a double by Lamar Sowell. A single by Christian Myrick left runners on first and third when the final batter was out.
Graceville iced the cake in the final inning, adding five runs to end the game on the mercy rule. Anthony Watford drew a leadoff walk before Neal Adams and Kelbee Woodham singled to score him. That paved the way for a three-run shot by Zephaniah Brunson. Tyler Deon singled with Connor Dillard drawing a free pass by way of a walk. Lamar Sowell singled to score one run before Christain Myrick drew a walk but didn’t cross the plate with the game called on the mercy rule.
Congratulations to the Graceville Ozone team from the staff and publisher of the Jackson County Times. We look forward to seeing you at Optimist Park in Marianna for state tournament action.