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Page 4B March 21, 2018 :/ Reporter By Richard Dumas The Mary Persons base- ball team saw its season- best, seven-game winning streak come to a screeching halt on Friday night when the Bulldogs were throttled 12-7 by rival Jackson in MP's final non-region game of the regular season. Jackson senior ace An- drew Moore, who held the Bulldogs hifless through four innings, recorded the win as the Red Devils seized a commanding 9-0 lead before allowing MP back into the game in the latter stages. The loss dropped MP to 11-4 overall heading into a 15-game region slate on Tuesday. f, "That's a questio.nable , move right there to go to -" him when it's 9-0, but in my mind I can't concede ,a a game" Mathis said. "There's no clock in base- ball. I've been in positions in my career where I've been losing 11-0 and won ' the ballgame, so I know that you can't give up on being behind. And those guys, if they don't come out after we got five and get two more, I feel like we probably win this game. 1. We gave them those two on a couple of bonehead- ed plays right there." One'night earlier, MP , pounded Eagles Land- ! ing 11-1 in five innings at home on Thursday to ex- tend its winning streak to -. seven games. Richards led i: Jackson scored one-run in The Bulldogs, who were set to begin region play on Tuesday against Howard, celebrated a March 5 home victory over Cen- MP with two hits, includ- each of the first two innings tral (Macon) alongside their biggest fan, nine-year-old Adam McGinnis, a family friend of MP second baseman J.D. Richards, ing a double and an RBI. offofMP ace Trippe Moore who was allowed to join the Dogs on the field after the game. (Photo courtesy of Donna Richards) The MP varsity squad z; before the wheels came off was next scheduled to "- in the top of the fourth. Jackson scored five junior righthander was unable to keep the say is that Jackson is a really good baseball unearned runs, taking advantage of a pair Jackson bats at ba ; yielding two more runs team;' Mathis said. "Those guys are 13-0 of key MP fielding errors, q-he Red Devils in the top of the sixth and yet another run or whatever they are for a reason because then tacked on two more runs offofMP in the top of the seventh for a 12-5 lead. they're good. They're well-coached. They reliever Garrett James in the top of the fifth The Bulldogs scored two more runs in play well, run the bases well, hit well. We before the Bulldogs finally answered back the bottom of the seventh on RBI hits by saw some of the best pitchers that we've with five runs of their own off of Jackson Knight and Aaron Mock before Jeramiah seen all year. The biggest thing I can take relief pitcher Dakota Copeland in the bot- Andrews lined out to second for a game- away here is that we can compete, and we tom of the fifth. MP senior J.D. Richards ending double play and a 12-7 Jackson don't give up. We're facing a lot of adversity, win. internal stuff, negative things coming in. got the scoring going with an RBI single to center, followed by a two-run single down Knight led MP's offense with a 2-3 night These are kids, and I wish people would the leftfield line offthe bat of Austin Mock. with two RBIs and a walk. Meanwhile, remember these are kids. And these kids MP's Alex Kite then nearly homered before eight of Jackson's nine starters recorded at competed their hearec ou, ~onight Do I settling for an RBI double that bounced up least one base hit in the game, including think we're good enough to beat that team? against the left-centorfield fence. Finally, Moore, who led the Red Devils with 3 hits Absolutel) We can be as good as we wanna Christian Knight knocked a base hit to in 5 at-bats, be. We've got a long way to go. We've got a rightfield to force one more run across and Despite the loss, MP head coach Clae lot of work to do, but I still feel like we can narrow MP's deficit to 9-5. Mathis said he was impressed with how his be as we wanna be right now." With MP head coach Clae Mathis having Bulldogs fought back into the game after Mathis said he turned to Kite in relief de- turned to one of his aces, Kite, in relief, the getting down big early, spite the deficit because he never stopped "The first thing that you're gotta really believing his Dogs could come back. ,i" host Howard at 5:55 p.m. , on Tuesday to open region play in a game rescheduled from Monday due to rain. The Bulldogs will then host the Huskies again at 5:55 p.m. on Wednesday in Game 2 of :* the Best-of-3 series. The Bulldogs will then return to Howard for the second time in four days for Game 3 at 5 p.m. on Friday. ;. MP will then begin a new three-game . region series at Spalding at 5:55 p.m. on - Monday. Also, the MP lV squad will host Howard at 4 p.m. on Wednesday prior to the vox~ity ~ana . Meanwhile, the Monroe County Middle - School baseball team was scheduled to host Byron Middle in a doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Monroe [i County will then travel to Henderson for a road contest at 5 p.m. on Thursday before hosting Gray Station in a doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday; March 27. By Richard Dumas achieved high finishes at the with a time of 1 meet included: Weaver, who minute, 6 seconds, placed fourth in the 100 meters and Ava McKallip, The Mary Persons boys track with a time of 12.02 seconds who placed sec- team finished second out of three and third in the long jump ond in the 3,200 teams at the Middle Georgia with a leap of 19 feet, 6 inches, yards with a time Relays track meet at Lamar Ussery, who placed fifth in the of 13 minutes, County on Saturday. 100 meters with a time of 12.90 59 seconds. Also, MP finished with 89.5 points seconds, Condarius Alford, who MP's No. 1 4 x 100- to place runner-up behind home placed third in the 200 meters yard relay team of Lamar County, who finished with a time of 23.53 seconds Jordan Shannon, with 105.5 points. Howard came and fifth in the long jump with Daizha Outlaw, in third with 52 points, a leap of 17 feet, 11 inches, Judiyah Alford MP boys individual champi- Watkins, who placed fifth in the and Courtney ons included: senior Condarius 400 meters with a time of 59.73 Whatley placed Alford, who captured the 400 seconds and third in the triple second with a time meter race by more than two sec- jump with a leap of 38 feet, 8 of 52.9 seconds, onds over runner-up Kevondre inches, Myles Johnson, who and MP's No. 1 4 Isaac of Howard with a winning placed fourth in the 800 meters x 400-meter relay time of 52.61 seconds, fresh- with a time of 2 minutes, 20 team of Outlaw, man Justin Wachtel, who took seconds, Kenneth Mantle, who Judiyah Alford, first place in the 1,600 meters placed fifth in the 800 meters Jordan Shannon by a margin of more than 23 with a time of 2 minutes, 23 sec- and Wilson placed seconds over teammate Connor onds, Fagan, who placed third second with a time Battles with a winning time of in the 110-meter hurdles with of 4 minutes, 33 4 minutes, 38 seconds and who a time of 17.74 seconds, Davis, seconds. captured first place in the 3,200 who placed third in the 300-yard Other MP girls yards by a margin of more than hurdles with a time of 43.53 athletes who seven seconds over teammate seconds, Derrick Goodson, who achieved high fin- Logan O'Neil with a winning placed fourth in the shot put ishes at the meet time of 11 minutes, 19 sec- with a heave of 34 feet, 5 inches, included: Outlaw, onds, junior Deadrek Alford, and Dingmore, who placed who placed third who won the high jump with a fourth in the discus with a throw in the 100 meters leap of 6 feet, 2 inches, junior ofgl feet, 3 inches. Also, MP's with a time of 13.26 Brycen Young, who captured No. 2 4 x 100-yard relay team seconds, Whatley, the pole vault with a vault of 9 of Watkins, Fagan, Davis and who placed fourth feet, 6 inches, and junior Colton Nick Joseph placed third with a in the 100 meters Dingmore, who took the shot time of 45.87 seconds, and MP's with a time of 13.48 put title with a heave of 39 feet, 5 No. 2 4 x 400,meter relay team seconds, ludiyah inches. Also, MP's No. 1 4 x 400- of Ussery, Johnson, Fagan and Alford, who placed meter relay team of Condarius Harvey placed third with a time third in the 200 Alford, Jaquez Watkins, Wachtel of 3 minutes, 50 seconds, meters with a time and Malik Davis placed first with Meanwhile, the MP girls track of 29,12 seconds, a time of 3 minutes, 36 seconds, team also competed in LamarAlvina Shannon, beating runner-up Howard by County on Saturday, placingwho placed fifth nearly 14 seconds, second out of four teams with a in the 200 meters MP boys individual runner- total of 56 points. Mary Persons senior Jamar Fagan was one of MP's top performers on Saturday at the 'i with afime of 31.98 Middle Georgia Relays, placing third in the 110-meter hurdles. (File photo) ups induded: Battles, who took Howard easily won the girls seconds, Jordan with a time of 13 minutes, 59 The MP varsity boys track second place in the 1,600 meters title with a total of 107.5 points. Shannon, who placed third in seconds, Kaylee Gordon, who team was next scheduled to , with a ,time of 5 minutes, 1 sec- Home Lamar County finished in the 400 meters with a time of ond, O Neff, who took second third place with 53.5 points while 1 minute, 14 seconds, Kayley placed fifth in the 100-meter hur- compete at the Fendley Relays "'i dies with a time of 23.31 seconds, at McConnell-Talbert Stadium . place in the 3,200 yards with a Rutland came in fourth place Dale, who placed third in the Nicole Grier, who placed third in Warner Robins at 4 p.m. on time of 11 minutes, 26 seconds, with 23 points. 800 meters with a time of 2 min- in the 300-yard hurdles with a Thursday. The MP varsity girls and Watkins, who finished sec- The lone MP girls individual utes, 46 seconds, Katie Hollis, time of 55.95 seconds, Precious track team will then be in action ond in the high jump with a leap champion was Cheyla Tafella, who placed fourth in the 800 Gaines, who placed fourth in the the following day at the Lamar % of 6 feet. Also, MP's No. 1 4 x who won the pole vault title with meters with a time of 2 minutes, shot put with a heave of 29 feet, County Friday Night Lights meet - 100-yard relay team of Caileb a vault of 7 feet, 6 inches, easily 46 seconds, Charlotte Wilcox, 11 inches, and Erin Hampton, at 4 p.m. on Friday at Lamar ::. Ussery, Rekia Weaver, Condarius outdistancing two Lamar County who placed third in the 1,600 who placed fourth in the discus County High School. Alford and Bralen Harvey placed competitors, Claire Ctibormeters with a time of 6 minutes, with a throw of 70 feet, 2 inches. Also, the Monroe County second with a time of 45.05and Faith Branham, who each 23 seconds, Stormie Martin, Also, MP's No. 2 4 x 400-meter Middle School boys and girls i; seconds, falling short to Lamar recorded vaults of 5 feet.who placed fourth in the 1,600 relay team of Alvina Shannon, track teams were next sched- County by just over four-tenths MP girls individual runner-ups meters with a time of 6 minutes, Hollis, Carrie Neal and Tafella uled to compete at Pike County of a second, included: Nakiah Wilson, who 35 seconds, Rilyn McKallip, who placed third with a time of 4 Middle School at 4 p.m. on Other MP boys athletes who placed second in the 400 meters placed fourth in the 3,200 yards minutes, 55 seconds. Wednesday. :;,;