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Sebring dominating in Marianna

The Sebring Machine Pitch All-Stars continued to shine at the state tournament Marianna over the weekend.

On Sunday, the team toppled South Walton and Homles County at the Mere Sports Complex to improve their record to 5-0.

Sebring played Chipley and Hardee County on Monday night, but results were not available at press time. Be sure to read this week’s Highlands Today sports section for the complete story and photos.

Sebring was the home team against South Walton, and scored early as the squad cruised to a 4-0 win. The boys in blue looked shaky on defense to start, but closed the top of the first without allowing any runs.

In the bottom of the inning, Sebring took a 1-0 lead. That was enough to get the bats going, and Ezera Jackson took over from there. The pint-sized slugger belted a double to the right field wall to plate three runs and put his team up 3-0. Jackson was just as prolific on defense, assisting with nine of the team’s outs.

George Sebring put the team on his back over the final stretch. Compling five outs and snagging two in-field pop ups on defense, Sebring blasted a triple in the bottom of the fourth. He eventually scored from the third to cap the team’s scoring.

The boys in blue were the visiting team against Holmes County. But after a weak showing in the first game, Sebring was primed to explode. The team erupted against Holmes County, winning handily by a score of 19-4 in only four innings.

The first three Sebring batters all had base hits including, Chase Sevigny who was perfect at the plate, accumulating three singles and an RBI.

Rhett Vaughn, the team’s cleanup hitter, gave Sebring the momentum early in the game. Up to bat with the bases loaded, Vaughn ripped the second pitch he saw deep into the outfield for the ultra rare inside-the-park grand slam.

Vaughn’s teammates were waiting for him at home plate, and as he rounded third base, the Sebring fans in attendance started to chant, “who are we? Sebring! Who are we? Sebring!”

Sebring carried over its momentum into the field. Clayton Evans helped keep Holmes County off the scoreboard with a spectacular diving catch in foul territory. Back at the plate in the top of the second, Cody Littlefield and Austin Joiner helped Sebring tack on five runs to extend its lead to 10-0. Littlefield belted a triple with an RBI and Austin Joiner had a double and an RBI.

In the top of the third inning Zain Carmichael and Brad Benton each had hits, scoring two of the three runs of the inning. Aiden Wyatt showed off his defensive skills in the bottom of the third making a catch at center field and then throwing out a runner on second who left prior to the catch.

In the top of the fourth inning, the hitting streak continued. Sebring smashed seven hits and scored six runs to take an insurmountable 19-1 lead.

Holmes County capped the game with a three run spurt to cement the 19-4 victory for Sebring.