PANAMA CITY BEACH — Host Arnold claimed two victories and Mosley was well on its way to a win in its lone game on Friday in the 21-school Florida-Alabama Softball Challenge at Frank Brown Park.
Arnold defeated Yulee 3-2 and Tavares 6-2 to improve to 5-1. The Marlins play Florida High at 9 a.m. today and conclude their schedule meeting Leon at 1 p.m. All schools are guaranteed four games with a tiebreaker system deciding the eventual champion initially based on won-loss records.
Mosley took an 8-0 lead over Miami Killian into the seventh inning of its opener. In other games showcasing area schools, Sneads beat Fort Walton Beach 4-0, Chipley defeated Killian 10-4, Fort Walton Beach edged Port St. Joe 4-3 and Yulee downed Liberty County 17-2.
In the feature game on Friday pitting state powers, Niceville led Westminster 7-4 entering the sixth inning. Earlier Friday, Niceville blanked Montverde 7-0.
Gulf Breeze 7, Bay 2
PANAMA CITY— Following a recent trend, Bay was tied 2-2 entering the fifth inning when Gulf Breeze scored twice and the Dolphins pulled away with three runs in the seventh of the District 1-5A encounter.
Losing pitcher Jelly Mathes was 2 for 3 for the Tornadoes and Mackenzie Wolffer 1 for 3.
Bay, 0-4, plays Tuesday at Arnold.
Poplar Springs 13, Blountstown 3
POPLAR SPRINGS — Erika Forehand had two hits and five runs batted in and Joley Dixon had a double, triple and three RBIs for Poplar Springs. Paige Smith added two hits and two RBIs and Savannah Ryken and Ceona Hall each had two hits for the Atomics.
Winning pitcher Ashlyn Golden pitched a four-hitter and struck out five. Jordan Herndon took the loss for the Tigers. Becky Jenks and Dharma Lee each had a hit and RBI for Blountstown, 1-6. The Tigers play at Vernon on Tuesday.
Wewahitchka 15, Altha 0
WEWAHITCHKA — Naomi Parker pitched four innings for the win, not allowing a hit and striking out six. Parker also was 2 for 3 with three runs scored. Ashleigh Price was 3 for 3 with a home run, Shamario Cole 2 for 2 with two RBIs, Mariah Brown 2 for 3 with a run and Brianna Bailey 1 for 2 with two runs.
Mosley 3, Arnold 1
LYNNHAVEN — Winning pitcher Bowen McGuffin struck out seven in five innings and Weston Bizzle pitched two innings for the save as Mosley, 4-0, remained unbeaten by improving to 2-0 in District 1-5A.
Brady Bell had a home run, Connor Green a triple and Clay Causey had a single, double and run batted in for the Dolphins. Mosley outhit Arnold nine to two.
The Dolphins play at Fort Walton Beach on Tuesday and host Choctawhatchee on Friday.
Port St. Joe 8, Wewahitchka 6
WEWAHITCHKA — Will Ramsey picked up the win in relief and also was 2 for 4 as Port St. Joe improved to 4-1. Bryce Godwin was 2 for 4 for the Tiger Sharks and Jarkeice Davis 2 for 3.
Port St. Joe is at Bozeman on Tuesday.
Blountstown 5, Liberty County 2
BLOUNTSTOWN — Hunter Jordan tossed a four-hitter with six strikeouts and three walks for Blountstown, 3-1. Tanner Peacock was 2 for 2 for the Tigers, Woody Bennett 2 for 3, Colby Mullins 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Dylan Lee had two RBIs.
Losing pitcher Micah McCaskill was 2 for 3 and Brody Holland had a hit and RBI for Liberty County, 0-4.
Blountstown is at Graceville on Tuesday.
Gulf Breeze 6-7, Bay 1-0
PANAMA CITY — Gulf Breeze dominated a district match dropping Bay’s boys to 1-1, 2-1 overall and the Tornadoes girls to 0-1, 1-1.
Bay hosts Walton on Monday.
Results, Bay plays listed first:
Gulf Breeze 6, Bay 1
Singles — No. 1: Chloe Harris def. by Kelly Barnhill 8-0, No. 2: Marley Peters def. by Elizabeth Bryan 8-2, No. 3: Mary Higby def. Marly Taylor 8-6, No. 4: Hannah Joseph def. by Maddie Bookout 9-7, No. 5: Elizabeth Allen def. by Allison Martin 8-3.
Doubles — No. 1: Harris-Peters def. by Barnhill-Bryan 8-2, No. 2: Higby-Joseph def. by Taylor-Bookout 8-5.
Gulf Breeze 7, Bay 0
Singles — No. 1: Matt Bruhn def. by Harley Spann 8-5, No. 2: Lucas Dykes def. by Ben Barrow 8-2, No. 3: Corey Joseph def. by J.B. Boles 8-1, No. 4: Christian Wilkins def. by Alex Thompson 8-4, No. 5: Nathan Dykes def. by Hayden Essary 8-2.
Doubles — No. 1: Bruhn-Joseph def. by Spann-Barrow 8-2, No. 2: Dykes-Dykes def. by Boles-Thompson 8-1.
Rutherford 4-1, West Florida 3-6
SPRINGFIELD — Rutherford’s girls team claimed a 4-3 win in a district match against West Florida. The Rams boys fell 6-1.
Results, Rutherford players listed first:
Rutherford 4, West Florida 3
Singles — No. 1: Olivia Meadows def. Jasmine Agadzi 8-1, No. 2: Sana Malik def. Deanna Genong 8-1, No. 3: Sarah Khan def. by Bri Schubeck 8-4, No. 4: Katarina Negron Gorchov def. by Emily Shanahan 8-1, No. 5: Angela Pham def. Mary Tomlinson 10-8.
Doubles — No. 1: Meadows-Malik def. Agadzi-Schubeck 9-7, No. 2: Khan-Gorchov def. by Genong-Shanahan 8-4.
Bay 3-6, Arnold 3-1
Bay 3, Arnold 3
Singles — No. 1: Emma Moskowitz def. by Chloe Harris 8-6, No. 2: Helena Guimaraes (unfinished) 4-6 Marley Peters, No. 3: Izzy Nield def. Mary Higby 8-7 (7-5), No. 4: Alexis Franco def. Hannah Joseph 8-7 (7-4), No. 5: Alexa Frost def. Elizabeth Allen 8-3.
Doubles: No. 1: Moskowitz-Franco def. by Harris-Peters 8-3, No.2: Guimaraes-Nield def. by Higby-Joseph 8-1.
Bay 6, Arnold 1
Singles — No. 1: Taylor Jackson def. Matt Bruhn 8-2, No. 2: Derek Eanes def. by Lucas Dykes 8-0, No. 3: Blake Augustine def. by Corey Joseph 8-0, No. 4: Justin Kosky def. by Christian Wilkins 8-2, No. 5: Andrew Sforza def. by Nathan Dykes 8-0.
Dboules: No. 1: Jackson-Eanes def. by Bruhn-Joseph 8-2, No. 2: Augustine-Kosky def. by Dykes-Dykes 8-2.
Franklin County 20, West Gadsden 0
EASTPOINT — The Seahawks opened District 4-1A play with a four-inning victory to improve to 3-3 overall.
Winning pitcher Bobby Curry did not allow a hit while striking out six and walking one. Alex Causey led the offense going 3 for 3 with two doubles. Graham Kirvin was 2 for 3 and scored three runs, Logan McLeod 2 for 3 with two runs and Johnny Riley had two doubles and scored twice.
Franklin County hosts Liberty County on Tuesday.