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Bats Struggle as Bleckley Falls at Home to Northside

Bats Struggle as Bleckley Falls at Home to Northside

In Tuesday's loss at Dodge County, the Bleckley offense struggled with runners in scoring position.  Those struggles continued Thursday at home versus Northside.  A two on, two out opportunity in the first produced no runs. 

The first of two double plays hit into by Bleckley erased a two on, one out, scoring chance in the second.  Northside pushed a pair across in the fourth.  BC again could not capitalize on a two on, one out situation in the bottom of the fifth.

The Eagles scored four more times over the final two innings as BCHS lost 6-0. 

Eight runners were left on base.  Dusty Jones was 2 for 4.  Caleb Bryant was 1 for 2 with a double.  Friday's home game versus Wilkinson County has been moved to 5 p.m.

No Tornado Warning Issued Early Tuesday

The National Weather Service says the two tornadoes that touched down in Central Georgia early Tuesday were uncommon types of twisters caused by a Quasi-Linear Convective System, also known as QLCS.

"What I saw was not evidence of a tornado," said Steve Nelson, National Weather Service Science and Operations Officer.

He says the tornadoes QLCS type made it difficult to spot.

"It is different because the tornadoes that tend to be produced tend to be brief, they can be intense, but they don't last long and can be challenging to detect," said Nelson.

Nelson says a super-cell tornado typically develops in the clouds but the tornadoes that hit early Tuesday is the opposite.

Problems Plague Dodge County Road

Some homeowners on Friendship UMC Road say they've been fighting for a paved street for years, and they're fed up the county isn't helping them out.

 Sarah McNair Dennard says her family name runs deep along Friendship UMC Road.  She's proud of the 235 acres they own.

"My father purchased land [on Friendship UMC  Road] in 1948," said Dennard.

Since then, the Dodge County native says not much on the road has changed, except increased traffic.  She says the dirt and muck cause problems, especially during severe weather like Tuesday's tornado, which caused the death of her nephew Christopher McNair.

"It's like you can't drive over the roads over a certain speed limit or else your car shake apart, always something, they're not scraped properly, it's just a hazardous," said Dennard.

She says her father and other homeowners donated property in the late 60's for road widening, with the expectation of pavement.

Relay for Life Day at Saturday's MGC Baseball Game

It will be Relay for Life day on April 9 when the Middle Georgia College Warriors host Georgia Perimeter Saturday.  Drinks will be sold in relay for life cups. 

T-shirts commemorating the day will be for sale.  Both teams are tied for first in the GJCAA. 

The doubleheader begins at 2 p.m.

Opportunities Missed as Bleckley Falls at Dodge County

Opportunities Missed as Bleckley Falls at Dodge County

Tuesday was round two of three sub-region contests between the Bleckley and Dodge baseball teams with this one taking place in Eastman.  Dodge led 1-0 for the first four and a half innings.  The Royals missed numerous scoring opportunities including a second and third, two outs in the fourth, and a two on, no outs opportunity in the fifth.

DCHS scored three in their half of the fifth.  Indians starting pitcher Clint Taylor hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth as part of a four-run outburtst.   BC lost 8-1.  Caleb Bryant was 2 for 3 with a double.  Dusty Jones was 2 for 4.  Cal Young was 1 for 2 with a sac fly.  Seven Bleckley runners were left on base.

The Royals host Northside Thursday at 5:45 p.m.

BCHS Soccer Teams Return to the Field, Sweep East Laurens

It'd been over a week since the BCHS soccer teams saw any on-field action.  Their one match scheduled for last week was rained out.  Tuesday, both were back at it taking on East Laurens.  Games were played at Southern Pines Recreation Complex due to field conditions at East Laurens.

Bleckley swept the matches.  Ashley Burton and Amber Lucas scored as the Lady Royals won 2-1.  Jacob Waters scored his seventh and eighth goals in the past three games as the Royals also won 2-1.  Bleckley hosts Dublin April 12.  Boys play at 5 pm with girls to follow. 

The games versus Jefferson will be made up April 13 in Cochran. 

Dodge County Man Dies in Tornado

A man died after a tornado destroyed a double-wide mobile home in the Gresston Community in Dodge County early Tuesday morning.

Dodge County EMA Director Stanley Stephens says the National Weather Service confirmed the storm as an F-3 tornado.

The man was identified by Dodge County Coroner Joe Smith as 45-year-old Christopher McNair.

Fire Chief Bob Braswell says four people were inside the mobile home when the tornado struck.

15-year-old Zoia Ashley says she, her mother 43-year-old Donna Lyles and 42-year-old uncle Anthony Lyles were taken to the hospital.

Smith was found dead on the scene. 

Ashley says she and her mother suffered minor injuries but her uncle Lyles is being treated for a gash on his head.

Ashley says the tornado lifted the mobile home and flipped it a few times over.