AP Stylebook Exercises 3.14 & 3.15

3.14 Baseball Game

The Bay City Bluebirds rallied from a 3-run defect last night to defeat the Carmel Cardinals 6–3 and win the Western Tri-state Division Championship.

The Bluebirds are now assured a place in the tri-state playoffs, which begin next week. Their opponent will be determined tonight in a game between the Santa Ana Generals and the Redwood Knights.

The Cardinals led the Bluebirds for most of the game and they had a 3–0 lead in the eighth inning.

In the second half of the eighth Bluebird Tim Story the first baseman walked and stole second. Left fielder Biff Carbosi was walked intentionally and both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch by Cardinal starter Ronnie Miller. Miller was then relieved by Chuck Nelson.

Bluebird second baseman Carbo Garbey lined Nelson’s first pitch into deep centerfield, scoring both baserunners. Two pitches later Garbey stole home to tie the game.

Nelson got the next two hitters out, but then Carey Clark the Bluebird catcher homered to put the Bluebirds ahead. The Bluebirds added two more runs in the ninth to ensure their victory.

3.15 Guilty Verdict

A jury found a Midville man guilty of second-degree manslaughter after an hours worth of deliberation on Tuesday.

Johnny Gene Garber was convicted at the end of a three day which featured his mother testifying against him. He was charged in the death of a 39 year old brickmason Gardner Jackson of Number 12, Ninth Street in Jonesville.

Garber stood silently as the jury read the verdict. The presiding Judge Jonas T. MicMillan set a sentence hearing for next Monday at 8 a.m.

Garber was charged with with being drunk while driving down Highway 69 last March. His car swerved out of control and ran head on into a car driven by Gardner Jackson who had been attending services at the Midvilled Baptist Church.

During the trial the prosecution attorney Able Sasson called Garber’s mother Minnie Lee Garber to testify that her son had been drinking heavily at their home that evening before the accident occurred.

Garber could receive a sentence of 2–5 years in prison for the crime he committed.

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