Bay closes Panama City Invitational with blowout victory

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Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 09:40 PM.

SPRINGFIELD — The final day of the Panama City Invitational high school baseball tournament was full of surprises on Thursday.

Father Ryan of Nashville, Tenn., handed Mosley its first loss of the season, 2-0. In the following game, Farragut rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning against Arnold and won 7-3 by virtue of a walk-off grand slam.

Not to be outdone, Bay produced a 15-2 mercy-rule victory over Ensworth (Tenn.) in five innings that was noteworthy from a number of angles.

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It was the first run-rule triumph for the Tornadoes, 6-9, since at least the 2011 season. The lopsided victory ended a span of eight losses in nine games, and gave Bay a boost entering its District 1-5A game at Choctawhatchee tonight.

Perhaps most importantly, it served as a reward of sorts for a struggling team that is trying to find the appropriate pieces to restore the program following a one-win season in 2013.

“We need all the confidence we can find,” head coach Daniel Davidson said. “We had two tough losses to Mosley and Rutherford last week and lost two this week. It was good for us to play loose, play relaxed, and do the things we need to do.”

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