Ozoners take third at state tourney

Coach Odom congratulates the team for job well done over Cottondale

Coach Odom congratulates the team for job well done over Cottondale

Chala Parrish special to the Times
Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 10:16 AM.

The Franklin County Ozone All-Stars took third place in state tournament play at Spring Hill, as they competed for the Florida title among the smaller counties.

The team, under the coaching of Justin Odom and assistants Lanny Rester and Donny Gay, had swept the District 4 All-Star Tournament at D. W. Wilson Field in Apalachicola last month.

The team opened on July 12 with a 17-1 win over Cottondale, that lasted but three innings.

Devon Daniels was on the mound. “He did an excellent job,” said assistant coach Gay. “The team just gelled and played really well that day.

The Most Valuable Player of that game, selected by the Dixie Youth League national directors, was centerfielder Caden Turrell. “With his base running, he bunted the ball and was at first base before they could get to that ball,” said Gay.

On Sunday, the local boys lost 14-4 to Marianna in six innings. “We pitched four pitchers that day,” said Gay. “They were some big boys. One of the players on their team was 6’3. This kid was tall and he was quick, the fastest kid on the team.

“We hung in there with them the first couple of innings,” Gay said. “We just couldn’t get a rhythm. Marianna went undefeated in the tournament.”

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