The Lady Tiger Sharks line up in an embrace prior to a recent game. [ PSJHS Athletic Department ]

Tiger Sharks even the score against Lady Seahawks

The Port St. Joe Lady Tiger Sharks avenged an earlier season loss last week against the Franklin County Lady Seahawks, winning at home 7-1

Sophomore Christina Clayton twirled a five-hit victory, striking out three and walking one over seven innings in the Aporil 2 game.

Sophomore Christina Clayton is having an outstanding year on the mound. [ PSJHS Athletic Department ]

The Lady Tiger Sharks fell behind 1-0 in the top of the second, after Seahawk freshman Jaelynn Millender drove in freshman Ashton Carey for the team’s only run.

Millnder finished with two of the team’s five hits, including a double. Junior Michalyn O’Neal and junior Sarah Ham also had doubles, with sophomore Alexis Webb also banging out a base hit.

Port St. Joe’s bats came alive in the bottom of the fourth with two runs, and four more more in the bottom of the fifth, capped with a seventh and final run in the bottom of the sixth.

Booth junior Addy Silcox and sophomore Elli Newman had outstanding days at the plate, with Newman smacking a double, scoring a run, and driving in four runs. Silcox clocked two runs batted in on a pair of doubles, and scored a run.

Freshman Annie Gainer had a double and scored two runs, while sophomore Brooklyn Bishop had a single and scored two runs. Senior Addy Creekmore had a pair of hits, stole a base, and scored a run, and senior Maya Itzkovitz also scored a run.

Sophomore Elli Newman, left, and freshman Annie Gainer. [ PSJHS Athletic Department ]

Over six innings of work, Franklin County’s Ham had a lackluster evening on the mound, striking out nine and walking four, while giving up five earned runs on nine hits.

The victory avenged a 6-4 Lady Seahawk victory in Eastpoint last month.

The victory followed three consecutive losses for Port St. Joe, whose record stands at 5-9.

The team fell 9-7 March 28 to Jonathan Alder (Ohio), as the Pioneers scored a pair in the top of the seventh to break a 7-all tie for the win.

Clayton had a solo homer in the game, while her fellow pitcher Bishop had a three-run homer. Silcox had two hits and drove in a run.

Two days earlier, the Lady Tiger Sharks were mercy ruled in three innings 15-0 by the Wewa Lady Gators, as Silcox’s lone single spoiled sophomore Severa Haney’s no-hitter.

On March 23 at home against North Bay Haven, Port St. Joe lost 16-1 to the Lady Buccaneers in five innings, managing just three hits and committing four errors.

Port St. Joe downed Chiles 17-1 at home March 21, as the team banged out five doubles, two by Clayton and one each by Gainer, Newman and sophomore Trinity Farmer, whose two-bagger drove in a pair of runs.

Newman had three hits and three runs batted in, while junior Bri Fleming had two hits and one RBI. Silcox went 2 for 2 with a pair of runs batted in.

On March 13, the team had their hearts broken when Sneads scored a walk-off 10-9 win in the bottom of the seventh.

Bisphoip and Creekmore each doubled in the game, while Silcox went 3 for 4 with three runs batted in.

The team fell at Marianna March 7 11-2, and they managed three hits but committed five errors.

Prior to the Marianna loss, the Lady Tiger Sharks won for the first time in recent memory over Wewa, defeating the Lady Gators 14-3 in an away game March 4. 

Bishop struck out five and walked two in the seven-innign affairs, giving up just two hits and no earned runs.

Home runs were the big difference as Silcox had a grand slam, and Bishop and Gainer each put one over the fence. Gainer drove in three runs on two hits, and Bishop two runs on three hits. Newman had three hits and drove in a run, and Itzkovitz one hit and drove in a run.

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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