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Munroe falls to Aucilla

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After besting rival Aucilla Christian three times this season, the last for the District 1-2A championship, the Munroe Bobcats couldn’t make it four for four. 

Their season came to an abrupt end in the regional playoffs as the visiting Warriors prevailed 4-1 Tuesday, May 6, at Bradford May Field. Aucilla limited Munroe to only two hits and took advantage of Bobcat errors to complete the upset. 

“We did not hit the ball well at all,” said Coach Jayme Williams. “Their pitcher did a great job of mixing up his pitches and he kept us off balance all night. He pitched a great game.”

The game stayed scoreless until the bottom of the third when the Bobcats’ Myles Edwards lifted a two-out fly to left-center that was dropped, allowing Stephen Miller to score the Bobcats’ first and only run. The score remained 1-0 until the top of the fifth when Aucilla would take advantage of some timely hits and Bobcat errors to plate four runs. 

“We weren’t as efficient in the field as we normally are,” said Williams. “We knew it was going to be a tough game, and I think we might have been a little tight, but we’ve overcome similar deficits this season. This time, we just couldn’t get the hits when we needed them.” 

The Bobcats tried to rally in the top of the sixth, but a two-out run on a misplayed infield fly was erased when the first base umpire overturned the run by ruling that the fielder was interfered with, ending the inning. The Bobcats would go down in order in the seventh and their season, which featured twenty-one wins, came to a close.

For the game, Will Harris and Myles Edwards collected the only Bobcat hits. Nolan Haire took the loss, as the junior starter went five and one-third innings, striking out three and walking three while yielding four earned runs. 

“We’re disappointed that it came to an end, but we had a good season,” said Williams. “We’ll miss our two seniors, Myles (Edwards) and Stephen (Miller), but we’ve got seven of our starters returning, so we expect to play some good ball again next season. This is a great group of ball players and I’m very proud of what they accomplished.”