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By Bryan Hoopaugh
Williston varsity baseball defense holds on to the district lead as the Red Devils have outscored their opponents this year 92-33 and boast a 17-4 record for the season.
With last year’s team having nine seniors leaving, eight of which were starters, the Red Devils are a young and upcoming team that has played as though they have been together for years.
Coach Scott Hall has led his team to the top of the district again this year with much in part to excellent defense allowing an average of only 4.1 runs per game with five shutouts.
Trent Johnson had his fourth complete game shutout in a row last Friday against Chiefland. His previous three complete game shutout games were against Vanguard, Newberry and Santa Fe and he was the starting pitcher in their first shutout of the season against Bradford on Feb. 26.
Last Friday at home, with Johnson on the mound, the Devils recorded five three up and three down innings and never allowed more than four to the plate in any inning. The Devils won 3-0.
Infielder Justin Forsythe has been the leader on the offensive side of the ball batting and in spite of going 0-3 against Chiefland has a batting average of over .500 for the season.
Although the Red Devils have had a great season thus far, Coach Hall said, “We have a long way to go offensively. We need to hit better and more consistently as a team.”
Williston continued the season last Tuesday at home hosting Keystone before returning home to host Trinity Catholic Wednesday and Interlachen April 12 in Interlachen.
The Red Devils routed Keystone in their first meeting Feb 2 by a score of 19-4 and won against Interlachen on Feb. 22 by a score of 6-1.
Interlachen will be the last away of the season before returning home for their last two games of the regular season.
Next Tuesday, April 16, the Devils will host Union County at 7 p.m. and then on Friday, April 19 will host Vanguard to close the season.
Tuesday’s game April 16 will be the fourth annual Tiffany Poupard Memorial Game. All proceeds will go toward a college fund for her daughter Maddie.
April 19 will be Senior Night to honor senior players Justin Forsythe, Dylan Blalock and Shykel Rambert.