By PATRICK CASEY
Malone did not enjoy the trip to Jacksonville as Eagle’s View ended the Tigers baseball season with a pair of blowout wins, 14-2 and 13-2 in the Class A region final.
Port St. Joe earned a trip to the Final Four in Class 2A with 9-3 and 5-2 victories over Panama City Bozeman on Friday. The Sharks will face Jacksonville Providence(23-8) on Monday, May 25, at 9 a.m. in a state semi-final. Pensacola Catholic appeared to be on the way to the Final Four in Class 3A after a 14-7 win in the opener at home against Jacksonville Bolles, but the Bulldogs won game two 6-0, then won the deciding game 9-4 on Saturday to end the Crusaders season at 27-5.
Jacksonville Paxon needed three games to defeat Gulf Breeze in Class 4A. Paxton won the opener 10-6 before losing the second game 6-5. Paxon, playing at home, won the deciding third game 4-2 to end Gulf Breeze’s season with a 17-14 record.
Tallahassee Chiles went to Jacksonville Forest and won a pair of games 8-3 and 2-1 in eight innings to become a surprise entrant in the Class 5A Final Four. Chiles (27-4) will play Seffner Armwood in a Class 5A semi-final on Tuesday, May 26, at noon in Port St. Lucie.
Port St. Joe had a 2-0 lead in the Class 2A softball state championship game against Miami Westminster Christian only to have Westminster score five runs over the last few innings to grab a 5-2 win. Port St. Joe had defeated Jacksonville Providence 4-0 in the state semi-final. Port St. Joe finished the season at 27-3 and was the only team from North Florida to make it to the Final Four in softball this season.
The Graceville Tigers cut spring football practice short last week, dropping out of a scheduled jamboree with Chipley and Holmes County this week. Tigers coach Todd Wertenberger said the extension of the baseball and track seasons limited his team’s numbers in the spring, leaving the Tigers unprepared to play a competitive game. His team will prepare for summer workouts, which start June 29, to get ready for fall practice. The Tigers finished 8-3 last season, finishing runner-up in the district to FAMU, before suffering a disappointing loss to Eagle’s View in the first round of the Class B playoffs. Graceville loses starting quarterback/free safety and second-leading rusher Justin Miles, as well as third-leading rusher Antrell Wright to graduation, but the Tigers return 1,000-hard rusher Leron Hoover, as well as tailback/linebacker Treyshaun White this fall.
Josh Storm, a former Marianna Bulldog and Chipola Indian, set a record for the most saves at Troy University as a senior with the 18th of his career, breaking a tie with Josh Dew for the career record. He holds both the single season and career saves record at the school.
The Chipola baseball team came up short last week in their bid for a third straight state title, falling to Santa Fe 5-3 in Winter Haven in the state junior college baseball tourney. Chipola led 3-0 through five innings, but two runs by the Saints in the sixth inning and three more in the eighth doomed the Indians dreams of a three-peat. Chipola’s season ends with a 31-20-1 record.
The University of Florida softball team defeated Lehigh, 9-0, to move on to the Super Regionals in NCAA Tournament play on Sunday afternoon at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. In the process, the Gators (58-3) broke the Southeastern Conference’s single-season home run record, as junior Corrie Brooks nailed UF’s 80th of the season. The Gators, who are the #1 team in the country, will take on California for the second consecutive year in the Super Regionals.
Mississippi State and South Alabama have agreed to a three-game series that includes a game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile in 2014. South Alabama also announced a three- game series with Kent State beginning September 2, 2011.
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