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Soccer registration at CBRD extended

Soccer registration at CBRD extended

The Cochran-Bleckley Rec. Department announced Monday via their Facebook page  that the deadline for summer soccer registration has been extended until July 18.  Cost is $45 and it's for ages 4-14.  Call the office, 478-934-3225, for more information.

Bleckley 9-10 girls finish GRPA state runners up

Bleckley 9-10 girls finish GRPA state runners up

The Bleckley 9-10 girls made it to Saturday's GRPA state title game by beating Berrien County 23-15.  Their title game opponent was Bacon County, the team to hand Bleckley their only loss.  

Though Bacon County won, Bleckley's runner up finish was the best for a 9-10 girls all star team since 2004.  

It was also the third girls softball trophy in ten years.

The team was coached by Mike Lee and Mike Brown.

Bleckley 9-10 girls one game away from playing for state title

Bleckley 9-10 girls one game away from playing for state title

Bleckley's 9-10 girls continued state tournament play Thursday in Madison.  After a 23-4 rout of Jasper County, they'd take on another "BC" in Berrien County.  The Rebelettes led 8-0 after an inning and a half.

Bleckley answered with ten and went on to win 22-14.  It was the third straight 20-run outburst.  Shelton Dean was 4 for 5 including the game-clinching RBI hit.  Joni Lucas was 4 for 4 with a double.  Nena Beth Mickle went 3 for 4.  Katherine Purser went 2 for 4 with a triple.  Addisyn Keel was 2 for 4.  Janyla West and Rickerson both went 2 for 2.  Juliette Stevens and Darcie Dillard were 1 for 2.

A win Friday at 10 am versus Bacon County will put Bleckley into the state title game.  It'd be the first appearance for the 9-10 girls division since 2004.  

Home run derby to benefit Cochran church softball field improvements

Home run derby to benefit Cochran church softball field improvements

The third annual House of Grace softball home run derby will be July 26 at 10 am.  Proceeds benefit development of the church softball field.  Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for women and youth.  Prizes will be given to winners.  You must provide your own pitcher and bat.  Concessions will be available,purchase of select items will serve as entries into a drawing for two Atlanta Braves tickets.

Registration closes at 10 am that Saturday.  To pre-register, call the church office, 478-934-8424, or email pastorjoeywilliams@gmail.com    House of Grace is located at 133 Jac Arts Road in Cochran.

Bleckley all star teams win state openers

Bleckley all star teams win state openers

After two weeks off, the 9-10 girls and 11-12 began GRPA state Thursday.  In Sylvania:  The 11-12 boys defeated Irwin County 9-4 and will play Jeff Davis Thursday at 10 a.m.  

Meanwhile in Madison:  Shelton Dean, Katherine Purser, and Veronica Lee all went 5 for 5 as the 9-10 girls rolled over Herd County 28-8.

Three of Lee's five hits were doubles.  Elisia Vickers was 3 for 3 with a solo inside the park home run.  Addison Keel went 3 for 4.  Nena Beth Mickle was 2 for 4 with a double. 

Joni Lucas was 2 for 5 with a two-run inside the park home run.  Millie Hulsey went 2 for 5.

Shared history between Bleckley all star divisions

Shared history between Bleckley all star divisions

The name for GRPA 9-10 division is "Mite," the 11-12 division is called "Midget."  One is pitching machine, the other live pitch.  While there's little similarity between the two divisions, there's a shared history in Bleckley County.

In 2006, Bleckley sent two all star teams to state.  The 9-10 girls and 11-12 girls.  The 11-12 finished state runner up, losing to Jeff Davis in the title game.  Two years previous, the 9-10 girls had won state with an undefeated season.

In 2013, the 11-12 boys finished third in state.  That was the best finish for any Cochran-Bleckley Rec. Department team since 2006.  On July 9, the 9-10 girls and 11-12 boys will be going to state.  The first time two Cochran teams went since 2006.

The girls play in Madison at 5 pm versus Heard County and the boys open state in Sylvania at 4 pm versus Irwin County.

Two Bleckley all star teams advance to state

Two Bleckley all star teams advance to state

For the first time since 2006, two teams from the Cochran-Bleckley Rec. Department will participate in GRPA state tournament action.  The 9-10 girls lost Thursday's district title game to Dodge County 15-2.  But the runner up finish was the best in the 9-10 girls division since 2004.  BC will open state July 9 at 5 pm.  State will be played at Heritage Park in Madison.

The 11-12 boys got home runs from Brody Little,  Carson Waters and Bryce Bailey to avenge their opening loss to Screven County 6-2.  But the Bleckley pitching staff was spent and players who had little or no experience were forced on the mound versus Metter.  That and cold bats led to a 14-3 loss.  However, the 11-12 boys also secured a state berth.  Their first game is July 9 in Sylvania at 4 p.m.