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Spring sports is by far the most difficult of the
sports sections to complete. Most spring sports
have not begun before the final deadline of the
U Since these sports begin so late in the school
year, the yearbook reflects the bright moments of
the year before as well as the prospects for the
publication year. Recognition is given to both boys'
and girls' spring sports.
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George Griffith takes a hard cut while David Manderson awaits his turn at bat.
Slump Ends '76 -AAAA Baseball 'Dream'
A late season slump ended any hope for a
berth in the District I-AAAA Tournament for the
'76 Varsity Baseball Team. An anticlimactic I9-6
season was highlighted by the pitching of a perfect
game. and in the capturing of the News Journal
Dropping 2 of its last 3 conference games, 8-4
against Tate and 3-2 to Washington. Escambia
finished with an 8-3 conference record. This 8-3
record was good only for second place.
The high point of the season was in capturing
the third annual News .lournal Invitational
Baseball Tournament which included an 8-3 win
over arch-rival Tate. Junior outfielder Craig
McGowan and senior pitcher Mike Gaal were
named to the All-Tournament team.
Senior pitcher-first baseman Greg Eason was
named as the tournament's Most Valuable Player,
and awarded the first annual John Watson
Memorial Trophy. Eason Q5-3jset a tournament
record of I8 strikeouts in the opening round
against Fort Walton.
ln the season finale, junior pitcher Albert
Ward pitched a perfect game against Pine Forest.
and earned a 5-O win. The perfect game was the
first ever recorded in Class-AAAA baseball in
Prospects for the current season's team look
good with four starters as well as three pitchers
returning. Ward feels, "The key for Escambia will
be the ability of the senior players to provide team
Among those returning are outfielders Da vid
Manderson and Craig McGowan. and infielders
Willie Carter and Mike Easley. Joining Ward Q6-OD
on the mound will be David McCartney Q4-35
whose record includes victories over Tate and
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