Highlanders close out Florida tournament with pair of wins

Highlanders close out Florida tournament with pair of wins


The McLennan Highlanders went 1-1 Saturday and picked up a win on Sunday to close out the Panama City Gulf Coast Classic.

McLennan fell to the St. Johns River Pirates 4-1 in its first game on Saturday. Wyatt Cheney took the loss on the mound.
 
St. Johns River scored three runs in the top of the first. Jarrett Ford led off with a single and scored on a JJ Sousa triple. Tripp McKinlay then tripled to score Sousa and scored as Connor Morgan reached on an error.
 
The Highlanders' run came in the bottom of the third as Ty Johnson reached on an error, moved around to third on a single by Marquis Jackson and scored on a sacrifice fly by Cole Dillon.
 
The Pirates final run came in the fifth as Parker Stallard reached on an error, stole second, moved to third on a ground out by Sousa and scored on a passed ball.
 
McLennan bounced back to Chattahoochee Valley 7-2 in the nightcap with Gray Harrison getting the win on the mound.
 
The Highlanders scored four runs in the top of the first inning. Jackson drew a walk and scored on double by Cole Fontenelle. Fontenelle then moved to third on an overthrow. Dillon and Mateo Zeppieri were both hit by the pitch, loading the bases. Drew Messick singled to score Fontenelle, and Ravaughn Morgan singled to score Dillon and Zeppieri.
 
Two more McLennan runs scored in the third. Zeppieri walked and scored on a double by Messick. Morgan then tripled to score Messick.
 
Fontenelle's solo home run to lead off the fourth would be the Highlander's final run of the night.
 
Both of Chattahoochee Valley's runs came in the bottom of the sixth. Brendan York singled and Brant Deerman reached on an error. Both runners advanced on a ground out by Brett Pitts and scored on a Highlander error.
 
The Highlanders wrapped up the trip to Florida with a 5-4 win over Wallace-Dothan Sunday morning.
 
McLennan scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Daniel Altman was hit by the pitch and Johnson bunted for a single. Fontenelle followed with a double to score Altman and Johnson. Dillon singled and Johnson scored on a single by Morgan.
 
Kade Snell's solo home run to lead of the fourth put Wallace-Dothan on the board.
 
The Highlanders responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Altman was hit by the pitch again and Johnson singled. Both runners advanced on a double steal. Altman came in to score on a throwing error, and Dillon doubled to score Johnson.
 
Wallace-Dothan rounded out the scoring with three runs in the sixth. Zane Faulk was hit by the pitch and Chaz Salter singled.  Both runners scored on a single by Gio Ferraro. Ferraro then moved to second on an error and scored on a double by Jacob Pierce.
 
St. Johns River 4, McLennan 1
St. Johns River 300 010 0 – 4 4 1
McLennan 001 000 0 – 1 5 3
Jarrett Maresco, Aiden Mastentuno (6), Zane Stephens (7) and Jack Slater. Wyatt Cheney, Austin Ford (5) and Hank Bard. WP: Maresco; LP: Cheney; SV: Stephens. Leading hitters – St. Johns River: JJ Sousa (1-3, 3B, RBI), Tripp McKinlay (1-3, RBI) and Connor Morgan (0-3, RBI); McLennan: Cole Dillon (0-2, RBI) and Cole Fontenelle (2-3). Record: McLennan 1-3-1.
 
McLennan 7, Chattahoochee Valley 2
McLennan 402 100 0 – 7 7 2
Chattahoochee Valley 000 002 0 – 2 3 1
Gray Harrison, Zach Cawyer (6) and Jason Hawkins. Jayce James, Laiten Hudson (3), Wesley Hancock (7) and Jay Kehoe. WP: Harrison; LP: James. Leading hitters – McLennan: Cole Fontenelle (2-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI), Drew Messick (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI) and Ravaughn Morgan (2-4, 3B, 3 RBI); Chattahoochee Valley: Jay Kehoe (1-2), Cory Lee (1-3) and Brendan York (1-3). Record: McLennan 2-3-1.
 
McLennan 5, Wallace-Dothan 4
Wallace-Dothan 000 103 0 – 4 6 2
McLennan 300 200 x – 5 9 1
Kade Snell, Caden Brock (5), Thomas Collier (6) and Jake Killingsworth, Myles White (6). Devin Bennett, Will Clements (5), Will Glatch (6) and Hank Bard. WP: Bennett; LP: Snell; SV: Glatch. Leading hitters – Wallace-Dothan: Kade Snell (1-3, HR, RBI), Gio Ferraro (2-3, 2B, 2 RBI) and Jacob Pierce (1-2, 2B, RBI); McLennan: Ty Johnson (3-4), Cole Fontenelle (1-3, 2B, 2 RBI), Cole Dillon (2-3, 2B, RBI) Ravaughn Morgan (1-3, RBI) and Cash McNicholas (1-3, 2B). Record: McLennan 3-3-1.