Prep Roundup: Overcoming Errors, Rival
The play was far from pretty as the teams combined for 14 errors Friday night.
In the end, Palatka High School first-year softball coach Brandi Malandrucco would end up taking the victory.
Palatka outlasted Newberry, 12-10, in a District 5-5A game to improve to 11-7 overall and 5-6 in the district. It’s the most wins for the Panthers in a season since their 14-12 2013 season, the last time, the Panthers reached the state tournament.
Down 7-5 going into the fifth inning, Julia Hudson lined a triple to score winning pitcher Makayla Clemons. On the play, Newberry tried to get Hudson at third, but the ball went into dead-ball territory, allowing Hudson to take home to tie it. Carlie Drew then reached on a walk and two batters later, Bri Walker singled her home for the go-ahead run.
The Panthers added four more runs in the sixth Clemons delivered an RBI single and Hudson and Drew had RBI groundouts. Newberry (5-14, 3-8) made it interesting with three runs off Clemons (3-2) in the top of the seventh inning, but Palatka squelched any threats to claim the win.
Clemons, who got the win with three innings of relief, finished 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI, while Kortnee Booth was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Walker (two runs, RBI), Hudson (two runs, two RBI), Ja’Kya Wiggins (run, RBI) and Jesenia Feggins (run, RBI) had one hit each.
The Panthers will host Fort White at 6 p.m. Tuesday in their final district game of the year.
n Andrew Dennin hit an inside-the-park home run as Peniel Baptist Academy capped a 3-0 week with a 10-1 victory over Ocala Christian at the Francis Youth Complex.
Dennin’s homer was the second of the week and the season for the Warriors (5-10), who got an inside-the-park job from Austin Spedden in a rout of Halifax Academy Tuesday.
Kenyon Dodge was 3-4 with a double and three RBI for Peniel. Dennin was 2-3 with two RBI and two runs. Austin Wallace, Jon Michael Foster and Jeremiah Sweet all singled.
Wallace (1-2) and Spedden combined on a four-hitter.