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Cochran church bringing back Dodgeball tournament to benefit food bank.

Dodgeball is returning to House of Grace church.   A tournament is set for September 16 at 6:30 pm.  Cost to participate is $5 per person.  Admission is one dried food/canned item, or $1 per person.  To sign up or for moe info, call or text Scott Allen, (478)919-4792.  Proceeds will go toward the church food bank that benefits people in the community.  House of Grace is located at 133 Jac Arts Road.

Golf tournament will benefit Cochran church youth missions.

The fifth annual Jimmy Hill Memorial Golf Tournament will be held September 10 at the Woods Golf Course, 421 Mac Thompson Road in Cochran.  Cost is $10 per person for the four-man scramble.  Meal served at 4:30 pm with play starting at 5:30.  Proceeds will benefit Mt. Calvary Baptist Church youth missions.  Call Charlie Thompson at the Woods, (478)934-0731, or the Mt. Calvary church office, (478)934-0810, for more information.

Cochran Rec. Department registering children for fall baseball, softball leagues.

The Cochran Bleckley Rec. Department is currently accepting registration for fall baseball and softball leagues. Cost is $55 and is for ages 4-12.  Age control dates (to determine what league the child plays in are) 1/01/17 for softball, 5/01/17 for baseball.  Call (478)934-3225 for more information.  Deadline to register is September 2.

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.

Local softball players share their knowledge with the future generation.

Local softball players share their knowledge with the future generation.

Aliyah Whitehead, Jordan Williams, and Faith Haris are members of the Bleckley County High School softball team. The three players know success on the field being a part of a region champion and runner up team for the Lady Royals, as well as winning Class A State with their travel team, Fusion Gold.

The three, with the assistance of parents, hosted a softball camp the past two days at the rec. department.  It was attended by members of both the 8 and 10-u all star teams as well as a few other players.  Campers learned about different aspects of the game including, hitting, fielding, and base running.  Proceeds will go toward their trip to play in the USFA World Series July 7-11 in Panama City, Florida with Fusion  Gold.