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Sixth annual Spring Buddy Ball set for May 2.

The sixth annual Spring Buddy Ball will be held May 2 at the Cochran-Bleckley Recreation Department.  It's a game of baseball for special needs children who would not normally get to participate in team sports and is open to children in Bleckley, Dodge, and Pulaski counties.  Games start at 10 am and will be played on foulr fields.  Participants are asked to arrive by 9:45 to ensure getting a T-Shirt.  

Lunch will be provided afterwards.  For more information, contact Danette Rogers, 478-934-2280, or Kathy Simmons, 478-374-6489.

April 11 Cochran Motor Speedway results.

April 11 Cochran Motor Speedway results.

Here are results from April 11 races at Cochran Motor Speedway.  Thanks to CMS' Willis Wombles for the information.  

Wil Herrington, sporting a new car, was first in pole position and beat several veteran drivers as he won the Southern Thunder Late Model Series race Saturday night at Cochran Motor Speedway. Cole Exum of Valdosta was second, and Rhett Carter of Waycross was third.  In the Baldwin Builders Sportsman division,  Josh Taylor of Ellaville pulled off the win after a hard fought battle with Ridge Warren of Chester and Cameron hall of Hawkinsville.  Jason Floyd of Cochran won the Heartland EMS Pure Stock, while Jeffrey Yates of Tennille won the Five Star Hyundai Bomber feature. Racing returns to CMS April 18 with the beginning of the points system.

Church holding softball tournament to raise funds for infield dirt.

House of Grace Church in Cochran will hold a one pitch softball tournament April 25 starting at 9 am.  Cost is $150 per team with up to six spots available.  Hitters start with a 1-1 count and a pitchers safety net will be used.  Proceeds will be used toward the purchase of new infield dirt on the church softball field.  To register or for more information, call Scott Allen, 478-919-4792.

Different name, same success, for Bleckley residents involved in travel softball.

Different name, same success, for Bleckley residents involved in travel softball.

For many years, Bleckley-based Motion Fastpitch was a staple of the travel softball world.  Founded by Shane Coulter, the team had several Bleckley players come through their ranks.  Two of those players were Coulter's daughter Hannah and Taylor Dykes, daughter of Lee Dykes, a coach in the organization.

This past summer, Firecrackers fastpitch, a national softball organization, approached them about joining.  So Motion closed, and Firecrackers 16U Powell(16 and under team named for coach Payton Powell of Roberta, who was also a coach for Motion) was born.  Coulter and Dykes both play, Lee Dykes is a coach, and Shane Coulter serves as an advisor.  The Firecrackers have played in showcase events and tournaments throughout the southeast.

Cochran Motor Speedway's second annual "Family Fun Day" set for Saturday.

Cochran Motor Speedway will hold their second annual "Family Fun Day" April 11 before the start of that evening's races.  From noon-5 pm, there will be a bounce house and giant slide for children and they can enjoy free pizza and cokes.  There will also be a classic car show.  Gates open at 5 pm and include Southern Thunder Late Models, CMS Sportsman, Bomber, Late Model, and Pure Stock divisions in action.  Races start at 8.

For more information, visit the Cochran Motor Speedway website.

Twelfth annual Biking Bleckley May 2.

The twelfth annual Biking Bleckley, sponsored by the Cochran-Bleckley Chamber of Commerce, will be May 2. Check in is at 7:30 am behind the chamber and police department with the ride starting at 8:30 am on Third Street. Biking Bleckley is a family-oriented bike through the roads of Cochran and Bleckley County.  Four routes are available, 15, 30, and 50 miles, or a 62.5 metric century ride.  All routes will have law enforcement, emergency professionals, and SAG wagons available.  Rest stops along each route with food and drink.

Cost is $25 per person.  Registration is due by April 16.  Registration forms are due by April 16 and are available at the chamber office or by clicking here.  Contact the chamber, 478-934-2965, chamber@cochran-bleckleychamber.org, for more information.

Touchdown Club Royal Golf Tournament April 25.

The 25th annual Royal Golf Tournament will be held April 25 with a 9 am start at Uchee Trail.  Cost is $60 per person for the four-man scramble.  Lunch and mulligans are incluced in the cost.  There will be prizes for a hole in one contest and cash prizes for winning teams.

To enter or for more information, contact Ricky Yearty, 478-230-7172 or Uchee Trail, 478-934-7891.