The Bay City Bluebirds rallied from a three-run deficit 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.
In the eighth inning, Bluebird first baseman Tim Story walked and stole second. Left fielder Biff Carbosi was walked intentionally and both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch by Cardinal second baseman Carbo Garbey. Two pitches later Garbey stole home to tie the game.
Nelson got the next 2 hitters out, but Bluebird catcher Carey Clark made a home run putting the Bluebirds ahead. The Bluebirds added two more runs in the ninth to insure their victory.
A jury found a Midville man guilty of second-degree manslaughter after an hour’s worth of deliberations on Tuesday.
Johnny Gene Garber was convicted at the end of a three-day trial, which featured his mother testifying against him. He was charged in the death of a 39-year-old brick mason, Gardner Jackson, of 12 9th St. in Jonesville.
Mr. Garber stood silently as the jury read the verdict. The presiding judge, Jonas T. McMillan, set a sentencing hearing for next Monday at 8 a.m.
Garber was charged 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 Jackson, who had been attending services at the Midville 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 two to five years in prison for the crime he committed.