Local Roundup: Menendez freshman tosses perfect softball game


Ponte Vedra 56

Belleview 43

Channing Chappell scored 21 points to lead Ponte Vedra to a Region 2-6A quarterfinal win over Belleview (18-10) Thursday night at the Sharks’ gym.

Chappell hit four 3-pointers for Ponte Vedra, which improved to 22-5. Riley Mayer added 12 points and Tess Tibbits scored 11 for the Sharks, who led 26-17 at the half.

Ponte Vedra will host Gainesville Eastside on Tuesday night in a regional semifinal.

Gainesville 72

St. Augustine 46

Senior Brianna Green and freshman Kyra Stauble scored 14 points apiece in a Region 1-7A quarterfinal Thursday night at Gainesville High.

Brakhei Burch added 11 points for the Yellow Jackets, who finished their season at 16-10.

Gainesville will visit Nease for a regional semifinal on Tuesday night.

Eastside 32

Menendez 29

Menendez senior Darrnisha Varnes hit a 3-pointer with 1:35 left to tie the score at 27, but Gainesville Eastside’s Diasia Medley followed with a 3-pointer of her own to put the Rams (16-9) ahead to stay in a Region 2-6A quarterfinal Thursday night at the Eastside gym.

Menendez led 24-22 after three quarters in the defensive battle, but Varnes’ 3-pointer was the Falcons’ first points of the fourth period. Varnes led the Falcons with 17 points.

Menendez finished the season at 15-8 for its first winning record in eight years.

P.K. Yonge 56

St. Joseph 37

St. Joseph led the Region 1-4A quarterfinal 26-21 at the half but couldn’t keep up with the fourth-ranked team in Class 4A in the second half in the loss Thursday night at Gainesville P.K. Yonge (19-7).

Senior Kayla Mansell had 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists in her final game for the Flashes, who finished he season at 13-10. Freshman Jessamy Gaetanos added nine points.

The much taller Blue Wave outrebounded the Flashes by only three, 42-39, but the home team scored 30 points in the paint.

“I’m really proud of my team, especially my seniors,” St. Joseph coach Sherri Nowatzki said. “Their hard work and dedication showed. They were the epitome of team basketball.”


Menendez 10

Palatka 0

Menendez freshman Mandy Taylor threw a five-inning perfect game on Thursday night.

She struck out 13 of the 15 batters she faced and did not let a ball leave the infield. Offensively, Taylor was 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI.

Alexa Gatlin, Lexi Poore, Madi Poore, Maddy Spossey and Leah Bryant each recorded two hits. Both Poore sisters scored twice, as did Spossey. Menendez improved to 1-1.

St. Augustine 9

Crescent City 5

Bailee Esguerra had three hits, including a two-run single in St. Augustine’s four-run first inning Thursday.

Nykki Burres and CeCe Killin each went 2 for 4 for the Yellow Jackets (1-0). Burres knocked in two runs and scored twice. Killin contributed an RBI and a run scored. Taylor Allen scored two runs and Jennah Long drove in a pair of runs.

Freshman Marlee Dillinger picked up the win, scattering four hits, striking out nine and waling one. St. Augustine hosts Ridgeview on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

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