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Seahawks steal spotlight

Northside’s Brandon Marsh (third from right) poses for a picture after receiving the Bryan Keith Woolard Memorial Scholarship on Thursday. The scholarship was created in the honor of the late Woolard, a former Northside catcher who died in an automobile accident in 2009. Pictured with Marsh is (from left) former Northside assistant coach Rick Anderson, Bryan Keith Woolard’s sister Stacy Cutler, his parents Keith and Wendy Woolard, along with Marsh’s parents Susan and Glenn Marsh. (WDN Photo/Brian Haines)

YEATESVILLE — Northside held the spotlight during its pregame ceremony when it awarded pitcher Brandon Marsh the Bryan Keith Woolard Memorial Scholarship, but it was Southside who stole the show as it used a five-run first inning to propel itself to a 9-6 win over the Panthers on Senior Night on Thursday in both team’s regular season finale.
Terrill Moore pitched six innings and struck out four batters while allowing five hits and five runs to get the win. At the plate, Moore, who was hit by a pitch three times in the game, went 1-2 and rocketed a ball into right field for an inside-the-park home run in the fourth.
The Seahawks (12-8, 6-8) were able to top the area and Four Rivers Conference rival Panthers thanks to tremendous production from their 1-4 hitters who went a combined 8-16 and drove in five runs.
No. 2 hitter Adam Graves led the way going 3-5 with an RBI, while cleanup hitter Hayden Bogart was 2-4 with three RBIs.
The win was a big one for the Seahawks who feel like Thursday’s victory greatly improved their odds of landing a wildcard entry into the postseason.
“It’s great momentum heading into the playoffs,” Southside coach Jeff Carrow said. “Hopefully we will get a birth, these guys have earned it and have worked their butts off all year long.”
The Panthers Dillon Cutler earned the loss and went 1-2 at the plate, while Neil Gibbs went 2-4 and scored a run. Marsh was 1-4 with an RBI, while leadoff hitter Caleb Sherman went 1-3 and scored twice.
The Panthers were able to produce runs but at the end of the day its five errors would prove too much to overcome.
“We just didn’t make the routine plays,” Northside coach Keith Boyd said. “We kept giving them chances and they’re good enough to take advantage of that.”
Before the game, Northside paid tribute to the late Bryan Keith Woolard, a former catcher who starred on the Panthers 1994 team that captured a state title, and handed out the Bryan Keith Woolard Memorial Scholarship to senior Brandon Marsh.
“We’ve heard so much about how fine a young man Brandon is as far as what he has done in school and out on the baseball field we felt he was a great choice,” said Keith Woolard, the father of Bryan. “We know he has a love for the game and that’s what touches my heart.”
Northside also honored seniors Marsh, Cutler, Tyler Waters, Ben Hudson, Caleb Coltrain and Grey Burbage before the game.
“They have always play hard and never quit,” Boyd said of his senior class. “We have won a lot of ball games with those guys.”

Southside   311    130    0    —    9    12    2
Northside    000    500    1    —    6    6    5
WP: Terrill Moore; LP: Dillon Cutler
Hitting — Blake Jones 2-5 (2 R), Adam Graves 3-5 (RBI, R), Terrill Moore 1-2 (HR, 2 R), Hayden Bogart 2-4 (3 RBI), Trey Elks 1-4, Kyle White 2-4 (2 RBI), Will Mumford 1-4; N — Caleb Sherman 1-3 (2 R), 1-4 (RBI), Dillon Cutler 1-4 (RBI), Neil Gibbs 2-4, Tyler Waters 1-3 (RBI).