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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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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: In a district matchup Thursday night, Buchholz went down early against Leon but scored nine unanswered to eventually win 10-5. “I’m proud of the way we hung in there,” said Bobcats head coach Ron Brooks. “Leon did a good job putting pressure on us in the first inning.” In a shaky start for starting pitcher Anthony Wilkie and the rest of the defense, the Lions put them in a four-run hole to begin the game. Eddie Castillo led off with a single, followed up by Andrew Penney getting hit by a pitch. Roan Tarbert bunted toward Wilkie who...

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