Nine seniors were honored April 19 when the Williston Red Devils baseball team took on Chiefland Indians during the last regular season home game.
Holding a 6-3 lead after four complete innings of play, Head Coach Scott Hall began to pull the senior players following every out by the defense. The seniors were replaced by rarely used varsity players and junior varsity players that were brought up to the varsity squad following the end of the junior varsity season two weeks ago.
Senior Max White was pulled in the fifth inning from his centerfield position, but returned to the mound in the seventh and final inning to get the final three outs for the Red Devils.
White went out in style as he gave a big fist pump as he struck out the Chiefland batter for the third out to end the game.
In the early innings the Red Devils took a 4-0 lead over the Indians as Austin Etheridge accounted for three RBIs in two at bats.
The Indians had plenty of chances to keep pace with the Red Devils as they loaded the bases in the second inning off two walks and a hit batter but could not score as the Red Devil defense stiffened. The Red Devils put three runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second inning. In the third inning and trailing 4-0, Chiefland’s John Ward led off with a double.
A walk to Clayton Smith, followed by a perfect bunt by Travis Wayne, loaded the bases again with no outs for the Indians, but a tremendous catch of a line drive by Red Devil third baseman Justin Baker and a quick step on third base forced the double play. Another walk loaded the bases again for the Indians. A big base hit scored two runs on a fielding error by the Red Devils. The next Indian batter popped out to center field, ending the Indians’ threat in the third inning as they managed to cut the Red Devil lead to 4-2.
The Red Devils began pulling their senior players as they went three and out in the bottom of the third inning, holding on to a slim 4-2 lead.
The Indians began the top of the fourth inning with two walks and a bunt to again load the bases with no outs. A fielding error enabled another run to cross home plate as the Indians pulled to within one run at 4-3.
Jarred Caswell led off the bottom of the fourth inning for the Red Devils with a single. Coven Terrell pulled a perfect drag bunt down the first base line and beat the throw. Caswell was thrown out try to reach third on the play. With two outs and Terrell at third base, Max White drew the walk and stole second base. Austin Etheridge then collected two of his three RBIs with a single to left center scoring Terrell and White.
The Red Devils held the 6-3 lead going into the top of the seventh inning. As White took the mound for the Red Devils to close out the game, the Indians moved a base runner to second, who scored on an overthrow to third base for the Indians final run of the game.
The Red Devils stand 21-3 for the season with one game remaining. They receive a bye in the district tournament as they finished on top with an 8-2 record.