Okeechobee nearly pulls off comeback against Gators

The Okeechobee High School Brahman varsity baseball team nearly pulled off a late-game comeback against the Palm Beach Gardens Gators on May 1.


Okeechobee found itself down 4-0 to the Gators with only one out left in the bottom of the seventh inning.

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Brahman Ethyn Durfee throws a pitch in Okeechobee’s game against Palm Beach Gardens on May 1.


The Brahmans already had Logan Johnson on board at first base when Deven Tedders stepped up to the plate and laid a perfect bunt down the third base line. Then Ozzy Osceola reached first after being hit by a pitch, which loaded the bases for Nick Hayford.

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Brahman Deven Tedders had two stolen bases in Okeechobee’s game against Palm Beach Gardens on May 1.


Hayford was able to draw a walk and force in the first Brahman run of the game.


That left the bases loaded for Brady Markham, who proceeded to blast a liner into left field and bring in two more Brahman runners to get Okeechobee within one score of forcing extra innings.

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Brahman Corey Coleman heads to the dugout after the OHS defense retired the side in Okeechobee’s game against Palm Beach Gardens on May 1.


But that’s as close as the home team was able to get as the Brahmans fell 4-3.


Tedders led the team in hits with two while Markham led in RBIs with two as well.


Ethyn Durfee started on the pitcher’s mound for Okeechobee, allowing just one hit and one run in three innings pitched.


The Gators game was also the Brahman’s senior night. Before the game the team recognized Corey Coleman, Justin Comfort, Deven Tedders, Ethan Durfee and Eric Calderon.

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Brahman Brady Markham squares up a pitch during Okeechobee’s game against Palm Beach Gardens on May 1.


Okeechobee now moves on to close its regular season on the road against Lake Placid. The Brahmans won their last matchup against Lake Placid on April 26 in an 11-4 blowout.


Ozzy Osceola, Deven Tedders, Brady Markham and Eric Calderon all had two hits in the Lake Placid win, while Osceola and Markham each had three RBIs. Markham pitched four innings, allowing two runs on three hits, striking out two and walking one.


Okeechobee will make the trip to face Lake Placid at 7 p.m. on May 3.

Richard Marion is a staff writer and photographer at Lake Okeechobee News and can be reached at rmarion@newszap.com.

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