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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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By Cassandra Swartz: Big hits in all the key moments helped propel the Red Devils to an extra-inning upset over the Union County Tigers. Freshman Nevaeh Hayes turned out to be the difference maker with her walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth. “We played together as a team,” said Williston head coach Lavar Williams. “Tonight we finally put it together for nine innings...27 outs; that’s a long game.” The Red Devils put the Tigers on their heels early, going up 2-0 in the bottom of the first against starting pitcher Lily Neal. Olivia Davis led off with a...

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By Cassandra Swartz: Fort White traveled to Union County Tuesday night intent on spoiling its district foe’s perfect season. While the Indians came close to doing just that, the Tigers came through when it mattered to win the game 4-2. “We got timely hits,” said Union County head coach Travis Rimes. “They kept chipping away, chipping away.” Facing senior lefty Braxton Dukes on the mound, Fort White jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Wyatt McLaughlin and Tucker Hardee hit back-to-back singles to begin the game strong for the visitors. McLaughlin scored on a wild pitch...

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