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By Cassandra Swartz Fresh off delivering its own mercy rule in the semifinal, Hawthorne had the roles reversed Friday night in the Class 1A-District 8 championship game against Williston. As errors mounted for the home Hornets, the Red Devils kept growing their lead until the run rule went into effect after three innings. “Emotions can’t describe what I’m feeling right now,” said Red Devils head coach Lavar Williams after the title win. “We came out tonight with a mission, and we held to that mission.” Williston’s powerhouse offense was backed by Raegan Geiger in the circle who tossed a no-hitter, striking...

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By Cassandra Swartz: In the Buchholz and Lincoln regular season matchup, the advantage went to the Trojans, and the Class 6A-District 2 semifinal game looked to be headed toward the same outcome. Until the sixth inning that is, when the Bobcats rallied to tie and then take the lead to secure their place in the district championship game. “I’m elated for our guys,” said Bobcats’ head coach Ron Brooks. “They work hard every day, give a lot of effort...and it was a real program victory.” Caden Kresak got the start on the bump for the Cats, and some shaky defense...

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By Cassandra Swartz: Behind a stellar showing in the circle by freshman pitcher Lily Neal, Union County cemented its place in the Class 1A-District 5 championship game. An 8-2 victory over Hamilton County sends theTigers to the title game against Hilliard, who upset Madison County earlier in the day. “I’m proud we survived, and I’m proud we’re going to be there [in the championship game],” said Tigers head coach James Godwin. The Tigers got off to a strong start, scoring half of their runs in the first inning. Sophomore standout Leah Clark led off with a stand-up triple before subsequently racing home on...

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By Cassandra Swartz The Hurricanes traveled to Tiger Town Tuesday night, put up 10 runs and came away with a win in their second-to-last game of the regular season. The victory was especially sweet since the Canes had dropped three of their last four in upset losses. “It’s a real big win for the team,” said head coach Chris Chronister. “We had to turn it around.” Facing Lily Neal in the circle, Gainesville went up 2-0 early. Parris Wiggs and Jayla Clark drew walks, and each moved into scoring position with two outs. A routine grounder that should have ended the...

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The Villages Charter celebrated senior night in style with an 8-4 win over Belleview. Despite a handful of errors and falling into deficits early, the Buffalo cruised to a relatively easy victory Friday night. “I feel especially good for our seniors,” said Buffalo head coach Brady Bogarty after the win. “They all contributed really well.” The first inning was scoreless for both teams, but each left a runner in scoring position stranded. Buffalo starter Caleb Heaxt notched two strikeouts in the inning, while Brendan Ness for the Rattlers tossed one. The Rattlers struck in the secondfor a one-run lead. Dylan...

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