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Diamond Red Devils boast 4-1 record

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By Bryan Hoopaugh

bhoopaugh@willistonpioneer.com

Williston Varsity Baseball moves to 4-1 with another impressive week ending in a 6-1 rout over visiting Interlachen High School last Friday and holds on to a perfect record at home.

The Red Devils took the field last Friday night against Interlachen for a quickly played six and a half innings that displayed a dominating performance by Williston. 

Trent Johnson started on the mound for the Devils and through 23 batters allowed only three hits and one run, recording seven Ks and no walks.

Williston wasted no time scoring as they put up two runs in the bottom of the first with Coffey, Cano, and Forsythe all hitting singles and the fourth batter Johnson reaching on an error by Interlachen’s right fielder Harnege. Forsythe’s single scored Cano and Langworthy hitting in the five hole slapped a sacrifice fly to center scoring Forsythe to put the Devils up by two.

Johnson sat down six of the next seven batters faced and moved the game into the bottom of the third with the score still Devils 2; visitors nil. 

The bottom of the third the Williston bats turned on again with pitcher Trent Johnson leading off with a sharply hit double to left. 

Right fielder Austin Langworthy flied to left and Johnson was picked off trying to tag to third. 

With two out and nobody on Blaylock walked and stole second. Second baseman Jared Carson then reached on an error by Interlachen first baseman Wright allowing Blaylock to score the third run of the game. 

Carson scored on an RBI single by Dalton Spikes, which ended the Red Devils’ scoring, giving Williston a 4-0 lead heading into the fourth.

Johnson struck out the final batter in a quickly played top of the fourth with only one batter reaching on a hot-shot to second. 

The Devils racked up two more runs with Forsythe and Johnson who both reached base via walks complemented by an error at first and an RBI single by Blaylock into right field. Carson flied out to center fielder Crane and the game continued with another very fast and scoreless fifth inning.

Interlachen put their only run on the board in the top of the sixth after Blankenship reached on a passed ball third strike and catcher J. Mitchell batted him around with a triple to right center with two outs. 

A third out from Carson to Spikes ended Interlachen’s scoring. Williston did not go down quietly in the bottom of the sixth with all three batters making contact and being fielded out three up three down.

 Coffey came to the mound in the top of the seventh to close the game and seal the victory which he did setting down two batters with strikeouts and one on an infield fly to none other than himself.