Baseball

McGuire continues to chase his Major League dream

McGuire continues to chase his Major League dream

Deck McGuire is the definition of perseverance. Without it, he wouldn’t still be playing baseball. Over the last seven seasons the former No. 1 pick of the Toronto Blue Jays has been on quite a journey, pitching in nearly 200 games and playing for four different Major League organizations, the latest being the Cincinnati Reds. […]

LaValley cashing in on opportunities at the Double-A level

LaValley cashing in on opportunities at the Double-A level

Gavin LaValley didn’t need much time to make his presence felt at the Double-A level. He joined a select group of players in his debut with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in mid-June, becoming just the fifth player in franchise history to hit a home run in his initial appearance with the team. Sure, there have […]

Long stays course as he adjusts to Double-A baseball

Long stays course as he adjusts to Double-A baseball

Shed Long dominated at the plate in the first half of the season while playing in the Florida State League. He hit better than .300 and smashed 13 home runs, a continuation of what he accomplished in 2016 when he crushed 15 homers in 132 games with Dayton and Daytona. Long is now in Pensacola, […]

Former Red Sox prospect settles into new role with Reds organization

Former Red Sox prospect settles into new role with Reds organization

Before Nick Longhi did an interview with the media after a game earlier this month, he politely asked that no one bring up the trade that sent the talented minor leaguer from Boston to Cincinnati. It was understandable. Yes, he grew up in Florida, moving to the Sunshine State before his first birthday, but he […]

Sandle making an impact in summer collegiate baseball league

Sandle making an impact in summer collegiate baseball league

Michael Sandle didn’t get a chance to play at South Alabama last season, redshirting instead for the Jaguars during his first season as a college baseball player. It wasn’t an easy thing to do for an athlete who played multiple sports while at Navarre High School. “It was hard at first because I’m used to […]

Castillo’s focus fuels his success on the mound

Castillo’s focus fuels his success on the mound

Luis Castillo speaks through an interpreter during a post-game interview to express his thoughts about the performance he turned in against the Mississippi Braves last Monday night at Blue Wahoos Stadium. While the Dominican Republic native’s thoughts can only be shared through the help of someone who can break the language barrier, no one needs […]

Southern League All-Star Game washed out

Southern League All-Star Game washed out

For the first time in Southern League history, its all-star game was rained out. Rain fell consistently throughout the day Tuesday but fans, team officials and representatives from the league held out hope that the league’s showcase event would be played in a stadium considered one of the best in the country in minor league […]

Studer’s vision has Blue Wahoos Stadium at center stage for all-star game

Studer’s vision has Blue Wahoos Stadium at center stage for all-star game

Dreary has no business being in the same sentence as summer, especially in Florida, but another hard storm has just rolled through on a June morning in Pensacola. But the weather is clearing up as Quint Studer settles into his seat in the Hancock Bank Club high above Blue Wahoos Stadium. Rays of sunlight are […]

Guerrero wins Southern League Home Run Derby

Guerrero wins Southern League Home Run Derby

Gabriel Guerrero raised his hands in the air and pumped up the crowd as he settled in at the plate for the finals of the Southern League Home Run Derby. The Pensacola Blue Wahoos star the put on a show for the fans that turned out for the event Monday night at Blue Wahoos Stadium, […]

Raiders well-represented in Subway All-Star baseball game

Raiders well-represented in Subway All-Star baseball game

The Navarre Raiders were well represented at the Subway High School All-Star Game last Thursday on the campus of the University of West Florida. Raiders head coach John Boddy and his staff coached the East squad, which was made up of seniors selected from schools throughout Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties. Cyrus Grimes, Tyler Rebber, […]

Goeddel working hard to get back to the Majors

Goeddel working hard to get back to the Majors

Tyler Goeddel has already been to the place every minor league baseball player hopes to be one day in his career. A year ago at this time, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos leftfielder was playing for the Philadelphia Phillies. He appeared in 92 games and hit .192 while belting out four home runs and driving in […]

Blue Wahoos Daily: Updates on the Double-A affiliate of the Reds

Blue Wahoos Daily: Updates on the Double-A affiliate of the Reds

Welcome to Blue Wahoos Daily where a recap will be provided each day about the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. This will be in addition to the features that run on the team each week in the Navarre Press. Jacksonville 5, Pensacola 2 Pensacola’s slim hopes for a fifth consecutive Southern League South Division championship faded Thursday […]

Larkin enjoys role as roving hitting instructor for Reds

Larkin enjoys role as roving hitting instructor for Reds

Batting practice ends for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin heads off the field, walking alongside one of the young prospects in the Cincinnati Reds organization. One can only wonder what the conversation topic is between a legend and a player who hopes to one day be a legend. Perhaps […]

Cronin part of no-hitter effort in SEC tournament

Cronin part of no-hitter effort in SEC tournament

Matt Cronin pitched his way into SEC history Thursday night, combining with two other pitchers to help the Arkansas Razorbacks knock off Auburn 12-0 in an elimination game in the conference tournament Thursday night. The former Navarre standout struck out six batters in three innings of work. Dominic Taccolini and Josh Alberius were also part of […]

Cronin adjusting to life as a college pitcher at Arkansas

Cronin adjusting to life as a college pitcher at Arkansas

Matt Cronin made his college baseball debut for Arkansas in March at the Frisco Classic in Texas. He came into the game against Nebraska in the final inning and, interestingly enough, he wasn’t nervous. “I wouldn’t say I was nervous,” Cronin said. “The only problem I had was getting over excited and not wanting to […]

Blue Wahoos break out of slump in win over Barons

Blue Wahoos break out of slump in win over Barons

Caught in the grip of a five-game losing streak and having lost nine of their last 10 overall, the Blue Wahoo came to life in a 6-2 victory over the Birmingham Barons in front of a crowd of 3,467 Monday night at Blue Wahoos Stadium. Joe Hudson, mired in his own personal struggles – he […]

Ross dominates Biloxi as Blue Wahoos snap four-game losing streak

Ross dominates Biloxi as Blue Wahoos snap four-game losing streak

Austin Ross made his performance against Biloxi look almost effortless Monday night, locking into a zone and never leaving it. Locked into a zone, he struck out a career-high nine and helped the Pensacola Blue Wahoos snap a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win in front of a crowd of 3,459 at Blue Wahoos Stadium. The […]

Navarre’s baseball team splits games in final week of regular season

Navarre’s baseball team splits games in final week of regular season

Navarre’s baseball team experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat in a pair of games last week, beating West Florida 9-8 and falling 7-5 to rival Gulf Breeze on senior night. It had been five years since Navarre’s baseball team had won a game in walk-off fashion. Last Thursday at home, the […]

Rigdon taking job as baseball coach at Lighthouse

Rigdon taking job as baseball coach at Lighthouse

Jamie Rigdon doesn’t like to speak in hypothetical terms. When he’s asked about the prospect of building a successful baseball program at Lighthouse Private Christian Academy, he makes it clear the Stingrays will thrive. “We will turn it around, just like I did at Pensacola High. That’s what I do,” Rigdon said. “I’m not great […]

Raiders have tough week on the baseball field

Raiders have tough week on the baseball field

Navarre’s baseball team suffered three tough losses last week. After falling 5-3 to Pace Tuesday, the Raiders were swept by Niceville in district play Thursday and Friday. They lost 6-2 in the first game and 4-3 in the second. In the game against Pace, the Patriots took advantage of two hits, a walk, and a Raider […]

Raiders pick up two district wins in baseball

Raiders pick up two district wins in baseball

Navarre’s roller coaster of a baseball season continued last week as they went 2-1 over three games. After getting beaten by Catholic last Tuesday, the Raiders bounced back and demolished Crestview on back to back nights to even their district record. The Raiders defeated Catholic 7-3 earlier in the year but the result would be […]

Gonzalez settles into starting role for Argonauts

Gonzalez settles into starting role for Argonauts

Jared Gonzalez knew if he was going to transfer out of Huntingdon in Alabama to another school to continue his college baseball career, he wanted to make sure he found the right fit. The former Navarre pitcher found a home at the University of West Florida. “Growing up in this area, I wanted to be […]

Blue Wahoos utilize great pitching and defense to top Jumbo Shrimp

Blue Wahoos utilize great pitching and defense to top Jumbo Shrimp

Tyler Mahle shook off a tough start and was nearly perfect the rest of the way. The bullpen was lights out. Brian O’Grady hit a home run that brought the relatively quiet Monday night crowd to its feet and Aristedes Aquino made a catch that didn’t look like one at all. Those great performances added […]

Jagielo ready to thrive in second go-round with Blue Wahoos

Jagielo ready to thrive in second go-round with Blue Wahoos

Eric Jagielo was doing a little work around the house a few days after Christmas when the caller ID on his cellphone screen flashed a New York number. A minor leaguer in the New York Yankees organization at the time, Jagielo ignored the call with no idea that it was one that would change the […]

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