Ft White dashes home field winning streak

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By Bryan Hoopaugh
Red Devils Varsity Baseball went two out of three last week putting an end to their home field winning streak.
After a convincing win and shutout against Bradford on Tuesday and another big 8-4 win over Dixie County on Thursday night, Ft. White put an end to the Devils’ winning streak with a nail biting 3-0 victory over the mighty Red Devils.
Going into Friday’s game Williston was 6-1 on the season, and with Tuesdays originally scheduled away game being played at home due to weather conditions in Bradford, 4-0 at home.
The first five innings belonged to the pitchers. Williston’s Trent Johnson faced 19 batters with four strikeouts (Ks), allowing only three hits and just one walk (BB) and no runs.
Visiting pitcher Howell faced 18 batters recording two Ks, allowing just two hits and issuing two walks with no runs as well.
In the top of the fourth inning, Ft. White threatened to score from second off a single by DH Willie Carter into right field.
 But right fielder Austin Langworthy, seeing the runner on second round third, fired the ball to Cano at the plate that made the tag on right fielder Zach Gaskins and recorded the second out of the inning.
A quick strike out delivered by Johnson ended the top of the fourth inning threat.
Williston made a run to the plate on a double steal from first and third in the fifth only to have the favor at the plate returned by Ft. White.
With Langworthy on first and Carson on third with two outs, Langworthy broke toward second on the throw to the plate. Catcher Rhett Willis fired to second. Ft. White shortstop Brady Wilkinson saw that Carson headed home as soon as the ball was thrown and cut off the throw to second.
Wilkinson fired home and Carson and Willis collided with Carson being called out at the plate and ejected from the game for charging the catcher and not making an attempt to slide. This recorded the final out of the inning.
The sixth inning was all Ft. White scoring three runs on eight batters and an end to the evening for pitcher Trent Johnson who up to this point had thrown an otherwise good game.
The three run damage came from the first four batters of the inning who reached via hit by pitch, a double, an interference call and a single. One more batter reached by a BB and the damage was done with Williston heading into the bottom of the sixth down 3-0.
 Left hander Austin Langworthy took the mound in the top of the seventh and retired the first three batters he faced. Pitcher Robby Howell continued on the mound for Ft. White through the sixth and seventh setting down all six of the batters he faced; striking out five of them!
Williston, with a record of 6-2, goes on to face Vanguard March 8 and Union County on March 12 before returning home March 15 to host Newberry, who gave the Red Devils their first loss of the season in Newberry Feb. 19.