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Bleckley 8-u softball team recognized at board meeting.

Bleckley 8-u softball team recognized at board meeting.

This year's Cochran Bleckley Rec. Department 8-u softball team had a season for the ages.  After winning two of three invitational tournaments, they finished district runner up.  That was a first for 8-u softball.  The team then finished state runner up, capping the best season ever in CBRD history for 8-u softball.

At Monday's monthly rec. board meeting, the team and coaches were recognized by director Andy Brand.  Head coach Brandon Barrs was presented a plaque by Brand to commemorate the season.

Bethany Baptist repeats as Bleckley church league softball tournament champion.

Bethany Baptist repeats as Bleckley church league softball tournament champion.

Last year's Bleckley Church League Softball tournament champion Bethany Baptist was in the loser's bracket after giving up a lead to First Baptist Church team one.  But the fact they had been undefeated all tournament would benefit them.  FBC lost the next game to Mt. Calvary.  Because of a loss earlier to St. Paul Baptist during field play at Ruth Baptist Church, they were eliminated.

Bethany and Mt. Calvary squared off for first place.  Mt. Calvary had an 8-5 lead in the final inning, only to see Bethany score ten runs to win 15-8.  They would hold off a late rally by Mt. Calvary to win their second straight title 7-6.

To read more on the tournament, click here.

Bleckley 8-u softball team caps historic season with runner up finish.

Bleckley 8-u softball team caps historic season with runner up finish.

This had already been a historic season for the Bleckley 8-u all star softball team.  Their district runner up finish was the best for the 8-u division in Cochran rec department history.  At state in Sylvania, the team capped the best finish ever for 8-u softball and tied the 2014 10-u team for second best finish in CBRD girls softball by finishing GRPA State Runner Up.  

Bleckley, in the loser's bracket after a Friday morning loss to Glennville, got a win over Screven County, then an extra inning victory over Alma Bacon County.  Saturday morning, they defeated Pierce County to get to the title game before losing 19-2 to Glennville.

Former BCHS baseball player recognized for academic achievement.

Caleb Slaughter was recently announced as a recipient of an NJCAA Academic Studen Athlete Award.  Slaughter, a Bleckley County High School baseball standout and starter the past two seasons for ABAC, received an "Exemplary" award for having a GPA between 3.60-3.79.  Slaughter will be coninuing his baseball career at Armstrong Atlantic State University.

You can see the entire list of award winners here.

BCHS track athlete continuing career.

BCHS track athlete continuing career.

Recent Bleckley County High School graduate Logan Pittman knows something about short distance running. Pittman was a member of the boys 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams that went to state in boys track.  Now Pittman will get to work on his sprinting at the collegiate level, signing with Berry College Tuesday morning.  He said he will also be throwing, including learning how to toss the javelin.

Bleckley School System Teacher of the Year announced.

Bleckley School System Teacher of the Year announced.

Bleckley Elementary fourth grade teacher Kim Fernandez is the school sytem Teacher of the Year.  The announcement was made during the end of year meeting held May 25.  

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Bleckley 8-u girls win Hawkinsville Invitational.

Bleckley 8-u girls win Hawkinsville Invitational.

The 8-u girls All Star softball team picked up their second first place trophy of the year Thursday, winning the Hawkinsville Invitational.  Leading 6-5 in the sixth, Crisp County scored twice to take the lead.  But BC scored two with two outs, the game winner coming on Zymori Colson's hit, to win 8-7.

Also Thursday, the 10-u girls tried to rally from a 5-1 deficit versus Dodge County in the sixth, only to fall 5-4.  They finished third.

8-u district and 10-u subdistrict begins June 23 in Hawkinsville.