Last month, the Ponytails All-Star team, for girls ages 11-12, played mightily in the district tournament but a trip to state wasn’t in the cards.
The team, coached by Michael Gilbert, with assistants Lake Smith and Angela Arroyo, beat Marianna and Liberty County 7-6 to open, with Maya Itzkovitz slamming a two-run homer against the Lady Bulldogs that completely changed the momentum of that game in the young Lady Seahawks’ favor.
After that the Franklin County girls lost a 16-15 heartbreaker to Sneads. The team was up 15-9 in the top of the fifth, but Sneads hit a grand slam, and then tied it up.
After going three up, three down in the top of the sixth, Sneads stroked a base hit in the bottom of the sixth to score a runner from third to win.
The following day, also against Sneads, Franklin County was down 8-3 in the final at bat, in the bottom of the sixth. The team accumulated hits and walks and got the score to 8-6. With bases loaded and two outs, Taylor Mallon smacked a double to right field, for the 9-8 win.
Arissa Gilbert’s phenomenal pitching helped secure a 7-6 win against Liberty County, and a berth in the championship game.
In the championship against Marianna, Mallon hurled four innings, giving up just one run. But it wasn’t enough, as the girls lost 5-4 and were eliminated with a 3-2 record.
The team consisted of Hannah Abel, Jasmin Pavon, Taylor Mallon, Maddie Millender, Alexcia McNair, Emily Patterson, Micahlyn O’Neal, Maya Itzkovitz, Brooklyn Freeman, Marisa Gilbert, Jocelyn Escobar, and Jayla White.
The coaches were all grateful for the players and parents who invested their time.