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*l el rter 1 I i, March 6, 2019 MARY PERSONS BULLDOGS ~StateFarm 281 Tiff College Drive - Forsyth, GA 31029 478-992-9945 Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5:30 pm WE HAVE IT COVERED IF IT'S PLAYED all in 3-1 MP win O HOME CALENDAR 5:30 JV Girls Soccer (vs. ACE) 7. 0 p.m. JV Boys Soccer (vs. ACE) llllls Y, MAIiat 7 4 00 p.m. Varsity Boys & Girls Tennis Ivs, ACE} 4.'00 p.m. JV Baseball {vs. Schley County) 5:30 p.m. JV Baseball (vs. Schley County} mAY, MARCH 9 12. 0 p.m. Varsity Baseball (vs. Islands) By Will Davis The Mary Persons girls soc- cer team is 6-1, 3-0 in region after beating Howard on Friday 3-1. The Lady Dogs play two winless teams this week and if they continue playing well could be 9-1 heading into a March 15 showdown with perennial region leader Spalding. On Friday, two Lady Dog freshmen scored to lead the girls over the Huskies on the new turf field at the Ed DeFore Sports Complex in west Macon. Early in the contest, fresh- man Karsen Winget was flattened inside the box and hammered home her penalty kick to make it 1-0. But Howard's strong-legged Elizabeth Rodenroth soon answered with a left-footed shot from the top of the box that found the corner of the goal. The game remained tied 1-1 at the half even though MP controlled possession for much of the 40 minutes. It was more of the same in the second half, and finally freshman Abby Williamson launched a missile from the right side on an assist from Abbie Davis that sailed over the keeper's head and gave MP a 2-1 lead. Later Winget added a goal on a free kick to complete the 3-1 victory. Last Tuesda~ Feb. 26, the Lady Dogs trounced Upson- Lee 5-2 at Lancaster Field. With midfielder Annie Giles nursing a hurt ankle, coach Dallas Hall tinkered with the lineup against the winless Lady Knights, including moving defender Sydney Lewis to mid field and moving midfidder Morgan Lawson to defender. Lewis answered by scoring her first two varsity goals ever. But the moves weren't a total success as the Lady Dogs found themselves knotted at 2-2 with the lowly Knights in the second half. Hall then put striker Abbie Davis back to her natural po- sition and she scored to give the Lady Dogs a lead. Freshman Abby Williamson added two goals as well and the Bulldogs walked away with the 5-2 win. Williamson also had two as- sists, and Winget, Davis and Giles each had one as well. MP got good news on Mon- day as starting keeper Maggie Sanders was cleared to return to action after missing four games with a broken finger. MP was slated to host winless Perry on Tuesda); March 5 and heads to winless Upson-Lee on Friday. Girls games are at 5:30 p.m. Mary Persons senior star Annie Giles (left) lifts up fresh- man Karsen Winger after the freshman converted a penalty kick goal in a 3-1 road victory at Howard. Winger would go on to score a second time on a free kick while an- other fresh- man Abby Williamson also got into the scoring col- umn as the Lady Dogs improved to 6-1 entering an important stretch of the season. (Photo/Will Davis) 2. 0 p.m. Varsity Baseball (vs. Islands) glNI Y, Miaf 10 MONI Y, t kllat 11 5:30 p.m. JV Girls Soccer (vs. Pike County) 7 00 p.m. JV Boys Soccer (vs. Pike County) .S Y,WCH 4:30 p.m. C-Team Baseball {vs. tamar County} 5:30 p.m, Varsity Girls Soccer (vs, West Laurens) 7:30 p,m. Varsity Boys Soccer (vs. West taurens) By Richard Dumas The Mary Persons Bull- dogs rebounded from a disappointing home loss to rival Jackson on Friday with an 11-5 home non-region victory over Jordan on Monday. MP, 5-3 overall, took a nine-run lead at 11-2 over the overmatched Red Jackets before Jordan added three meaningless runs in the last frame for the final margin. The Bulldogs' offense got off to a fast start as leadoff hitter Eric Snow tripled to the opposite field over the Jordan rightfielder's head on the initial pitch by Jordan starter Ty Bradley in the bottom of the first. The next hitter, catcher Camden Claxton, then doubled over the rightfielder's head once again to plate Snow for MP's first run. Isaiah Harper, pinch running for Claxton, then scored MP's second run on a Bradley wild pitch. MP starter Alex Kite got into his first jam in the top of the third as the Red Jackets put runners on second and third with two outs. How- ever, Kite forced Jordan cleanup hitter Bryce Long to ground out to short for the final out to stop the threat. Kite ultimately pitched four innings, yielding just two hits and no runs while walking one (he also hit two batters) and striking out six. MP then added to its lead in the bottom of the third when Claxton roped a line- drive double to left-center. The next hitter, Kite, tripled off the rightfielder's glove, scoring the pinch runner Harper to put MP ahead 3-0. Jaden Bankston, pinch run- ning for Kite, later scored to make it 4-0 on a sacrifice fly to deep center offthe bat of Nate Howard. The Bulldogs then scored three more runs in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by Thorn Anderson, a steal of home by Xavier Soule and a sacrifice fly by Snow, respec- tively, to go ahead 7-0. With Bankston on in relief of Kite, Jordan scored its first two runs in the top of the fifth, but the Bulldogs answered back with a run of their own on an RBI single by Howard in the bottom of the fifth. MP then added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI d6uble by Snow, an RBI groundnut by Claxton and an RBI single by Jake Wright, respectively. MP had three defensive errors in the bottom of the seventh that led to three un- earned runs off of Bankston, but the Bulldogs held on for the 11-5 win. Snow, Claxton and Soule each had two hits to lead See BASEBALL Page 2B Mary Persons freshman shortstop Eric Snow had two extra-base hits, two runs scored, two RBIs, a sacrifice fly and five assists in MP's 11-5 home win over Jordan on Monday. (Photo/Will Davis) rl The Middle Georgia Interscholastic Equestrian Association (lEA) team, which competes out of Riata in Monroe County, had a very successful showing at the Feb 16 lEA Regional competition. Both the high school and middle school teams placed 3rd at the competition. In addition, the team had' three team members win their individual divisions and qualify for the southeastern lEA Zones competition in Pensacola, Fla. on March 23. The three region winners were Maradeth Leverett of Forsyth, Molly Lovell of Fayetteville, and Hannah Grace of Tifton. L