North Marion (20-7) won their second consecutive Class 5A District 6 title last week. The Colts defeated Eastside 10-0 and Palatka 6-1 in the district tournament to advance to the regional quarterfinals. Walker Burgess hit a two-run homer and pitcher Garrison Vandeventer tossed a two-hitter with seven strikeouts in the win over Palatka. North Marion will host Clay (Green Cove Springs) in the regional quarterfinals Thursday May 2nd at North Marion. The winner will face the Creekside (St. Johns)/Palatka winner in the regional semifinals.
The Forest Wildcats (23-3) baseball team won the Class 7A District 1A title advancing to the regional quarterfinals. Forest defeated Buchholz 4-3 and Chiles (Tallahassee) 9-3 in the district tournament and will host Fletcher (Neptune Beach). The winner will face the winner of Chiles (Tallahassee)/Fleming Park (Orange Park) in the regional semifinals.
Blake Waldren was the winning pitcher for the Wildcats in the come-from-behind victory over Chiles allowing only 5 hits and 3 runs, ringing up 5 strikeouts and pitching out of several jams in the district championship game. Richard Lagasse, Jordon Austin and Ben Ellzey each scored two runs while Joshua Greene, Kirby McMullen and Hank Truluck each scored a run as Forest scored three runs in the bottom of the third and six runs in the bottom of the fourth, erasing a 3-0 deficit to 9-3 win.