By Bryan Hoopaugh
Last week the Red Devils varsity baseball closed their regular season with wins over Union County and Vangaurd to earn first place in class 4a district 5. Union County gave our boys a run for their money on 4/16 as they put up two quick runs in the top of the first. Then the Devils’ defense kicked in and held them scoreless the remaining six innings and recorded one run in the fifth inning to put Williston on the board. Cano reached on an error by second baseman Dustin Hersey and later scored off a single by senior Dylan Blalock. The Devils scored three more in the sixth off a single by Justin Head and two back to back walks followed by a sacrifice fly by Forsythe and a two RBI single off the bat of again, Dylan Blalock to put the mighty Devils up 4-2. A late homer by Dalton Spikes gave the Devils another run and a run scored by Justin Head finished the game with a 6-2 victory.
Last Thursday represented the last game of the regular season. Before the game the three seniors Justin Forsythe, Dylan Blalock and Shequil Rambert were honored.
Trent Johnson took the mound for the Devils looking for his sixth consecutive shutout win only for the streak to be broken in the top of the first as Vanguard’s first baseman D. Kelly scored off a sacrifice fly by right fielder S. Johnson. This would prove to be the only run Vanguard could muster.
Williston started the second inning with a homer by Cano to make it a 1-1 game. The Devils scored four more in the third and one in the fourth to put the Devils up 6-1. Freshman Austin Langworthy took the mound the seventh to finish the game with a victory ending in a third out fly ball to center.
The Devils finished their regular season with an impressive record of 17-5 with a district record of 8-2 which earned them a bye in the first round of the district playoffs. Williston will face off against Keystone next in the district round of post season. The Red Devils have two wins over Keystone earlier in the season with a 19-4 to open the season and a 4-3 victory on 4/9.
This young team has put up some great numbers this season ranking in the top of every individual stat for the district according to Maxpreps. Forsythe lead in every batting category less homeruns which he took second to Austin Langworthy. Johnson placed first in wins with an 8-2 record on the mound recording five shutouts. The Devils have outscored their opponents 123-43 this season.