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Bulldogs’ rally falls short to Flowery Branch, rally to stun North Paulding the next day; Panthers hand Warhawks first loss of 2024

The Mary Persons Bulldogs baseball team made the trip south to Houston County High School for the round robin mini tournament this past weekend and they went 1-2 but made all three games interesting. The Gold, Black, and White found themselves down 6-0 against the Flowery Branch Falcons but Ryan Causey put the whole team on his back by hitting a two-run jack and a three-run jack in consecutive innings to cut the gap down to 6-5.

Down to their last out, the Bulldogs got a runner on at first and Ryan Causey up to bat but he would go down swinging to give Flowery Branch the 6-5 victory to open the tournament. Mary Persons returned the next day to play the North Paulding Wolfpack and the Wolfpack cranked two jacks in the last of the first to go up 3-0 which is what the score would be after four innings of play.

MP would tie the game at 3 in the first of the fifth and then North Paulding would hit a 3 rbi double to retake the lead 6-3 before the Bulldogs would rally again to tie the game at 6 and they would keep the Wolfpack off the board in the last of the sixth to set up the first of the seventh.

Mary Persons’ Gavin Barr and Nic Arnold would each hit a massive solo jack to give the Black, Gold, and White an 8-6 lead going into the last of the seventh where North Paulding plated a run and had a runner at third and second but the Bulldogs got the game sealing strikeout to win 8-7 over the Wolfpack.

Elsewhere, the Veterans Warhawks coming in undefeated on the season took on county rival Perry at home this past Friday and the Panthers got the victory 12-7 and never would trail in the contest. Perry jumped on Veterans quickly by plating three runs in the top of the first and plating two more to lead 5-0 going into the last of the second inning.

The host got on the board by plating two runs in the last of the third to cut the gap down to 5-2 Perry and the score would remain as such through four innings of play. The Maroon, Gold, and White plated three more runs in the top half of the fifth inning to lead 8-2 going into the bottom of the fifth and the visitors plated two more runs in the top of the sixth to lead 10-2 but the Red, White, and Blue would try to rally late.

Veterans plated three runs in the last of the sixth to trail 10-5 but they still had a lot of work to do and Perry would plate two more runs in the top of the seventh to lead 12-5 going into the last of the seventh inning. The Warhawks would score two runs and that would be all they could get as the Panthers secure the 12-7 victory. No jacks were hit in this contest.

Perry’s Colter Ginn was four of five with three runs and two rbis. The Panthers improve to 6-1 overall while the Warhawks fell to 4-1 overall. Perry will open region play at home against Baldwin on Tuesday while Veterans will host Bleckley Co tomorrow at 6:00pm.

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