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Seahawks make playoffs for first time ever

Both the Franklin County baseball and softball teams advanced in post-season play Tuesday night, and for the boys on the diamond, it was especially sweet.
Kevin Cox’s Seahawks tallied a dramatic 5-4 win in the district semifinals against rival Port St. Joe, on the Tiger Sharks’ home field. This marked the first time Franklin County High School baseball will advance past the district’s in post-season play.
The team now takes on a formidable Bozeman (22-4) squad at 7 p.m. tonight for the district title, and win or lose, the Seahawks will be advancing to regional play.
The Lady Seahawks’ squad, coached by Scott Collins, had an easier time of it, notching a 10-0 shutout of Altha in the district opener at Wewa. 
The girls now face top-seeded Wewa (18-2) in the district semis at 6 p.m. in Wewa tonight. A win advances the Lady Seahawks to the district title match, a loss sends them home.
The Lady Gators are ranked third in Class 1A. The perennial softball power graduated six seniors in 2020, and are led by junior pitcher Haley Guffey, who posted a 16-2 record in the circle with over 200 strikeouts and is batting .475 with five home runs. 
Franklin County (12-12) is  the number 19th ranked team in Florida in Class 1A. They are  as young as you can get in the circle with eighth grader Sarah Ham carrying the workload with 9 wins and 10 losses. Batting leaders for the Seahawk’s include 8th grader Ryan Brown .500,  junior Ariel Andrews .422,  senior Abby Johnson .410 and eighth grader Micahlyn O’Neal .393.

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Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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