October 20 HW
The Bay City Bluebirds rallied from a three-run deficit Friday 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 next week. Their opponent will be determined in tonight’s game between the Santa Ana Generals and the Redwood Knights.
The Cardinals led the Bluebirds for most of the game, holding a 3–0 lead in the eighth inning.
In the Bluebird half of the eighth, Tim Story, the first baseman, walked and then stole to second base. 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 deep into center field, bringing in both runners. Two pitches later, Garbey stole home, tying the game.
Nelson struck out the next two hitters, but then Carey Clark, the Bluebirds’ catcher, hit a home run, putting the Bluebirds ahead. The Bluebirds added two more runs in the ninth, ensuring their victory.
A Midville man was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter after an hour of deliberations Tuesday.
Johnny Gene Garber was convicted at the end of the three-day trial. He was charged for the death of a 39-year-old brick mason, Gardner Jackson of Jonesville.
Garber stood silently as the jury read the verdict. The presiding judge, Jonas T. McMillan, set a sentencing hearing for 8 a.m. next Monday.
Garber was charged with a DUI last March. He was driving down Highway 69 when his car swerved out of control and ran head on into Jackson’s car while Jackson was returning home from Midville Baptist Church’s evening service.
During the trial, the prosecuting attorney, Able Sasson, called Garber’s mother, Minnie Lee Garber, to testify that her son had been drinking heavily at their home prior to the accident.
Garber may receive a sentence of 2–5 years in prison for his crime.
City council passed an ordinance Tuesday night requiring people convicted of their second DUI to serve a minimum of 30 days in jail and to have their driver’s license suspended for six months.
The ordinance was passed with a vote of 5–3. Councilwoman Clarissa Atwell sponsored the change in the law, which will take effect Dec. 31.
“I think this new law will save the lives of a lot of people,” Atwell said.
The council chamber was overflowing with people interested in the law. Many of the people attending were members of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.)
One councilman who voted against the law, Les Honeycutt, said he felt the laws against drunk driving were strong enough and that they just needed to be enforced more rigidly. His comments received jeers from the crowd, and at one point the council president, Harley Sanders, threatened to have some members of the audience removed.