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Longtime racer, fan, of Cochran Speedway honored at race

Longtime racer, fan, of Cochran Speedway honored at race

Cochran Motor Speedway held the third annual Arlene Pittman Memorial Race Saturday evening.  Pittman was a driver at CMS and the wife of former track owner Phil Pittman.  

Before the races began, the family was presented with a plaque honoring Pittman for being a "loyal, devoted, Fan/Driver/Promoter of Cochran Motor Speedway."  

Track announcer Pastor Todd Shearin, who presented the plaque, said it would be displayed in the VIP booth of the tower.  

Other memorials are displayed there, including one for longtime race reporter April Johnson.

Home run derby for Cochran church held

Home run derby for Cochran church held

House of Grace Church in Cochran held their third annual softball home run derby Saturday.  

Proceeds will benefit improvements to the softball field.  John Caleb White won the adult division, hitting five home runs in the final round to do so.  Austin Harris was the youth division winner.  

Both won tickets to the August 31 Atlanta Braves versus Miami Marlins game.

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.