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Page 6C September 18, 2019 iR Orter By I ha l Dum s After los'mS three straight contests by a single rtm each last week, the Mary Persons softball squad faces an uphill battle to qualify for the AAAA state playoffs. The Lady Dogs, 7-12 overall (1-5 in Region 2-AAAA) trail Spalding by a game-and-a-half for the fourth and final playoffseed. MP will likely have to win at least three of its final four region games to qualify for state for the sixth straight year. Facing perennial power West Laurens at home on Thursday, MP fell behind 1-0 in the top of the first when the Lady Raiders scratched across a run against MP ace Mallory Turner. However, the Lady Dogs answered with a run in the bottom of the second when MacKenzie Childs doubled to left-center, plating Emma Cantrdl to tie the game at 1-1. The Lady Raiders redaimed the lead, 2-1, in the top of the fourth on an RBI groundout, but West Laurens' advantage was short-lived. MP'S Nazafi Jackson doubled down the leftfield line, scoring Karsin Bass and squaring the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth. However, the Lady Dogs could have added more runs, but they stranded a pair of runners to end three consecutive innings. West Laurens then took back the lead 3-2 in the top of the sbcth on a sacrifice fly to leftfidd. MP had one last chance in the bottom of the seventh, when Alissa Rozier and Jackson drew back-to-back walks to lead off the inning. However, the next two hitters, Victoria Vining and Turner, respectively, each grounded back out to the mound and each time the lead run- ner was erased at third base. With runners on first and second and two outs, Cantrdl roped a line-drive to left-center, but West Laurens centerfielder Jakerra Wilbur made a running catch to dose out the 3-2 Lady Raiders' win. MP head coach Hannah Grossman said despite another dose loss to West Laurens, she's optimistic her team is trending in the right direction with just two weeks left in the regular season. "It's frustrating when you play rough innings, but today we played a full game," Grossman said. "We played the whole seven innings. We fought hard. We had runners in scoring posi- tion and we couldn't get those hits, especially in that seventh inning. So that hurt a little bit. But I told my team earlier, 'It's like we're on a roller coaster. We're about to hit that peak and fall over.' We had three one-run losses this week, and we're about to start going down that roller coaster. I have confidence after today's game because we played well." Two nights earlier, on Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Lady Dogs' furious home rally fell just short in a 6-5 loss to first-place Perry. The Lady Panthers scored a pair of runs in the top of the first on a sacrifice fly by Abby Ussery followed by a bases-loaded walk issued by MP's Turner to Cason Chance. Perry then added three more runs in the top of the second. Raegan SteUa took home on a double steal for Perry's third run. A flyball off the bat of AliRae Dykes dropped in leftfidd, plating Terra Odom for Perry's fourth nm. Then, Dykes came around to score on a wild pitch to put Perry ahead 5-0. Perry added one more run in the top of the third on an Odom RBI double, and it momen- tarily appeared the blowout was on. With MP trailing 6-0 in the bottom of the third, Jackson hit a towering blast to left-center for a double, scoring Childs and Rozier to make it 6-2. The Lady Dogs got one more run back in the bottom of the fourth when Emma Heath scored from second on an errant throw from rightfield. Still trailing 6-3 in the bottom of the fifth, MP added two more runs, the first on a rocket double by r~ctoria V'min$ o the rightfielder's head to score Bass. lackson then crossed home plate later in the inning on a wild pitch to trim MP'S deficit to just one at 6-5. MP had a chance to tie the game later in the same frame, but Vining was gunned down at home plate to end the inning while trying to tag on a short flyball to centerfield. Down to their last chance, the Lady Dogs mounted a mini-rally in the bottom of the sev- enth against Perry reliever Madison Homen. Jackson reached on an error with two outs in the inning, and Vining followed by roping a single to rightfield to move runners to first and second. Turner then nearly played the hero role, driving a deep flyball to leftfield that was caught just a few feet shy of the fence for the game's final out. One night earlier, on Sept. 9, MP dropped yet another heartbreaking one-run contest, 11- 10, at Pike County. The Lady Dogs fell behind 5-1 through two innings before scoring four runs in the top of the third to tie the game at 5. Pike County then scored three runs in the bottom ofthe fourth to take an 8-5 lead before MP cut it to 8-7 with two runs in the top of the fifth. Trailing 11-8 in the top of the seventh, MP scored a pair of runs in their final at-bat Mary Persons senior Mallory Turner pitched a gem against West Laurens on Thursday, but took a hard-luck loss as the Lady Dogs fell 3-2 at home to the Lady Raiders. MP football team members look on from leftfield. (Photo/Richard Dumas) but fell just short by a single run. Grossman said MP can't keep digging itself into early deficits if it wants to turn its season arOund. "We need to be game ready from pitch ond' Grossman said. "We tend to start going about the fourth inning." The Lady Dogs will next host Jackson at 5 p.m. on Wednesday in a non-region dash before heading back on the mad to take on re- gion rival Howard at 5 p.m. on Thursday. MP will then host non-region Crawford County at 5 p.m. on Monday on Senior Night before hosting region foe Spalding at 5 p.m. on Tues- da ; Sept. 24 in the Lady Dogs' home finale. Meanwhile, the MP IV softball squad will conclude its 2019 campaign with a home contest against Jackson at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The IV Lady Dogs fell 4-0 at home in three innings against West Laurens on Thursday, giving up all four runs in the top of the first. Also, the Monroe County Middle School softball team will next travd to Upson-Lee Middle for a road contest at 5 p.m. on Thurs- day. The C-Team Lady Dogs will then face By- ron Middle on the road at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24. /Ridmrd The Mary Persons boys cross country team captured the Greyhound Invitational meet at Jones County High School in Gray on Saturday for its second straight victory of the season. MP finished with 71 points to top easily 18 other squads. Pike County came in second with 95 points, followed dosely by Jones County in third place with 98 points. MP's Justin Wachtel recorded his fourth individual win of the season in as many races, StateFarrn Charlie Pelt, Agent 12 E. Johnston St. F0rsyth, GA 31029 478-994-9600 Charlie@ Auto - Home Life Medicare Supplement. Vehicle Loans Mortgages Call for a quote todayt Save up to 40%! recording a victorious time of 15 minutes, 40 seconds to beat second-place Jonathan Greene of Evans, who posted a time of 16 minutes, 24 seconds, by about 44 seconds. MP'S other counting times were recorded by: Logan O'Neill, who placed fifth overall out of 160 total varsity boys runners with a time of 17 minutes, 27 seconds, Connor Battles, who placed 16th with a time of .18 minutes, 14 seconds, Holden Haworth, who placed 24th with a time of 18 minutes, 28 seconds, and Alec Remick, who placed 25th with a time of 18 minutes, 29 seconds. Other MP vargxty boys nmners who competed on Saturday but failed to record counting times included: Weston Dunwody, who placed FREE SEMINAR , Atrial Fibrillation &Yoga Yoga Improves Quality of Life in Atrial Fibrillation Patients with Felix Sogade, MD i,=. au:v . w i wvr" u st at Amerson River Park 2251 North Pierce Drive Macon, GA 31204 Come join us for yoga and smoothies! Yoga, specifically gentle yoga, has a calming influence that can help prevent the speeding up or slowing down of the heartbeat that is common if you have Atrial Fibrillation (Afib); and can help manage stress in general when practiced regularly. 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Freddy Baehre of Heritage took the IV boys individual rifle with a time of 17 minutes, 42 seconds, best- ing second-place Levi Skinner of Jones Coun~ who posted a time of 18 minutes, 29 seconds, by about 47 seconds. Michael Necastro recorded MP's top IV time of 20 minutes, 59 seconds to place 15th out of 91 total IV boys runners. MP'S other counlkng W times were recorded by:. Dylan Garza, who placed 19th with a time of 21 minutes, 8 seconds, Clayton Drm'~ who placed 29th with a time of 21 minutes, 53 seconds, Christopher Martin, who placed 32nd with a time of 22 minutes, 6 seconds, and Luke McBride, who placed 38th with a time of 22 minutes, 21 seconds. Other MP IV boys runners who competed on Saturday but failed to record counting times indude& Austin Adams, who placed 40th with a time of 22 minutes, 30 seconds, Leighton Judd, who phced 43rd with a time of 22 minutes, 34 seconds, Mitchell Whittidd, who placed 52nd with a time of 23 minutes, 37 seconds, Jacob Beclgood, who placed 54th with a time of 23 minutes, 48 seconds, Ben- jamin Robinson, who placed 63rd with a time of 25 minutes, 26 seconds, Marshall Cause}; who placed 79th with a time of 27 minutes, 57 seconds, Landon Smith, who placed 81st with a time of 29 minutes, 13 seconds, Brock Brown, who phced 84th with a Krne of 29 minutes, 45 seconds, and Ham Whitson, ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Sealed proposals will be received by Janice Hall, City Manager, in the Welcome Center at 63 North Lee Street Forsyth, GA 30129 up to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 15, 2019 and immediately thereafter publicly opened and read for the furnishing of labor, material and equipment entering into the demolition of the existing structure and sitework at the site of the future Forsyth City Hall, 28 E. Main Street, Forsyth, GA 31029. Bids will be received for Single Prime. All proposals shall be lump sum. Pre-Bid Meeting An open pre-bid meeting will be held for all interested bidders on Monday, September 30, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the site of demolition, 28 East Main Street, Forsyth, GA 31029. The meeting will address project specific questions, issues, bidding procedures, bid forms, and will include a tour of the existing building. Note that this will be the only opportuni- ty to enter the building prior to bidding. Plans may be obtained by contacting Daniel Jencks at Clark Nexsen by email at Complete plans, specifications and contract documents will be available for download. The City reserves the unqualified right to reject any and all proposals. Signed: Janice L. Hall City Manager, City of Forsyth, GA i who placed 85th with a time of 30 minutes, 6 seconds. Other IV boys squads who competed in Gray on Saturday in order from highest to lowest finish induded: Northside (Co- lumbus), Locust Grove, Pike Coungr, Evans and ACE. Also, the Monroe County Middle School boys cross coun- try team placed fourth out of 16 teams at the Greyhound Invita- tional in Gray on SatnrdaF Monroe County finished with 136 points as Evans took the C-Team boys team title with 33 points. West Laurens placed second with 52 points fol- lowed by Gray Station in third place with 91 points. Montana Archer of Social Cirde was the C-Team boys individual champion with a time of 10 minutes, 46 seconds, topping second-place Sawyer Cripps of Evans, who finished with a time of 11 minutes, 19 seconds, by about 33 seconds. Monroe County's top individ- ual finisher was Kayden Mays, who placed seventh out of 219 total C-Team boys runners with a time of 12 minutes, 30 seconds. Other Monroe County boys runners who recorded counting times indude& Gavin Harris, who placed 13th with a time of 12 minutes, 46 seconds, Wes Stapleton, who placed 31st with a time of 13 minutes, 27 seconds, Cole Battles, who placed 49th with a time of 13 minutes, 58 seconds, and Todd McCall, who placed 60th with a time of 14 minutes, 22 seconds. Other Monroe County C- Team boys runners who com- peted on Saturday but failed to record counting times induded: Ike Dunwo,who placed 66th with a time of 14 minutes, 28 seconds, Mac Roeser, who placed 101st with a time of 15 minutes, 7 seconds, Breydan Fun&, who placed 114th with a time of 15 minutes, 33 seconds, and Caleb Moore, who placed 193rd with a time of 18 min- utes, 39 seconds. Other C-Team boys squads who competed in Gray on Saturday in order from highest to lowest finish include& East Laurens, Oak Hill, Henderson, ACE, Vidalia, Mount de Sales, John Milledge, Locust Grove, Greenbrier, Rehobath Road, Bonaire and Clifton Ridge. MP's boys varsity, IV and C- Team squads will next compete at the Rock Ranch Invitational in Yatesville at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26. 1,