Coach Melissa Walker addresses her players in early season action. [ Bill Fauth | Contributed ]

Lady Tiger Sharks down Walton

The Lady Tiger Sharks have opened their 2024 softball season at 1-2, falling to North Bay Haven and Chiles and defeating Walton.

Coach Melissa Walker’s squad opened Feb. 20 in Panama City and fell 8-1 to North Bay Haven. The Lady Buccaneers allowed Port St. Joe just two hits, and led to their lone run in the top of the third.

North Bay Haven opened with four runs in the bottom of the first, and then one more in the third and sixth innings, scattering seven hits.

North Bay Haven eighth grader Addison Mallon, a former Franklin County Lady Seahawk last season, struck out 10 and walked three over five innings. Sophomore Ally Brady struck out five more Lady Tiger Sharks in the two innings she pitched.

Mallon also aided her effort by smacking a home run.

The Lady Tiger Sharks got back in the groove at home Friday night, with a 10-0 win over the Walton Lady Braves.

Port St. Joe scored four in the first, one in the second, three in the third and one each in the fourth and fifth innings to secure the shutout.

On Monday night in Tallahassee, the Lady Tiger Sharks fell 13-3 to the Chiles Lady Timberwolves. They scored one in the first and two more in the third to account for their three runs in the five-inning affair.

The two seniors on the Port St. Joe squad are #8 Addy Creekmore and #19 Maya Itzkovitz, with two juniors, #11 Bri Fleming and #32 Addy Silcox.

The team is loaded with six sophomores, #7 Brooklyn Bishop, #9 Hallie Mize. #13 Christina Clayton, #14 Trinity Farmer, #17 Elli Newman and #31 Jaliyah Addison.

The team’s two freshmen are #2 Anniston Gainer and #4 Aubrey Armstead, with seventh grader #3 Kaelani McNair rounding out the roster.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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