Junior Sarah Ham is having a superb season so far on the mound for the Lady Seahawks. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

Franklin County downs both Gulf County squads

The Franklin County Lady Seahawks softball team took a first step in establishing their dominance over Gulf County last week by shutting out Wewahitchka and then edging Port St. Joe.

In the Feb. 29 game at Wewa, junior Sarah Ham twirled a two-hit 5-0 shutout, striking out 12 Lady Gators and walking none over the course of seven innings.

The big slugger was junior Micahlyn I’Neal, who slammed a three-run homer in the seventh, and scored a run.

Sophomores Aveier Johnson and Alexis Webb each had a hit and a RBI, while Webb also scored a run. Freshmen Lilah Millner and Jayla Creamer also each had a hit.

On Friday night in Eastpoint, in a game where drizzle threatened to erupt into rain but didn’t, the Seahawks edged Port St. Joe 6-4 in a nip-and-tuck battle.

A five-run second inning, in which O’Neal blasted a two-run double, was all the scoring the Lady Seahawks needed.

Port St. Joe got back two runs in the top of the third, and a third run in the top of the fifth to keep fans on the edge of their seats, with Franklin County ahead 5-3.

The Lady Seahawks purchased a little insurance with a sixth run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Lady Tiger Sharks got one back just before Ham threw a dribbler to O’Neal at first for the final out.

Ham gave up seven hits and three earned runs in the affair, while striking out 10 and walking just one.

Franklin County scattered 11 hits, three by Millender, who cracked two doubles, and two by Ham, who had a double that drove in a run. Junior Charity Larkin had a hit and betted in a run, while scoring one. Johnson had a hit and scored a run, and senior Raegan Dempsey had two hits, one of them a double.

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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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