By Bryan Hoopaugh
Williston’s Red Devils started off the diamond season right last Friday by edging out visiting Santa Fe in a close fought battle 3-2.
Williston scored first in the bottom of the third with an RBI single by Justin Forsythe which scored Cameron Coffey who reached on an error by Santa Fe’s third first baseman Nate Pelham.
After a scoreless fourth inning, Williston scored two more runs in the fifth. Catcher Hayden Cano reached base on a walk and then stole second. Coffey later reached on an error by third baseman Casey Brooks and then stole second putting runners on second and third. Santa Fe intentionally walked Forsythe, leaving the bases loaded for right fielder Austin Langworthy, who hit a sac fly to deep centerfield and scored Coffey.
Starting pitcher Trent Johnson, batting fourth in the lineup, came to bat and lined an RBI single to left center, scoring Tay Hammonds, who came in as a pinch runner for Cano giving the Devils a 3-0 lead.
Austin Langworthy took the mound in the top of the sixth to close the game. Langworthy pitched a scoreless inning, recording three fly outs and allowing one hit, a double to deep center from pitcher Kirby Snead. Williston went three up and three down to finish the scoreless sixth inning.
At the top of the seventh Langworthy took the mound again. The first two batters of the inning reached on walks and had runners on the corners when second baseman Tyler Barron of Santa Fe hit a single to right field scoring center fielder Tim Deen. Cameron Coffey made a great throw to the plate and Cano tagged out Barron who tried to score from second.
Drew Williams reached on a bad throw from third, which landed him on second with only one out. Williams then stole third. With a runner on third and one out, Langworthy struck out shortstop Chad Stockdale to record the second out of the inning.
The Red Devils’ victory was sealed when the next batter, third baseman Casey Brooks, flied out to right fielder Cameron Coffey.
Notable players in the game were Trent Johnson who threw 61 pitches allowing only four hits while recording four Ks and one walk and added an RBI single which scored the winning run; Cameron Coffey who reached base twice, had two stolen bases and scored two runs; Justin Forsythe went two for two at bat with an intentional walk and one RBI.
The victory over Santa Fe moves the Red Devils to a 2-0 record as they defeated Keystone in the season opener held in Keystone Feb. 12 by a score of 19-4. Notables from the game were: Justin Forsythe who went three for four at the plate scoring four runs and recording six RBIs with two triples and two singles; Austin Langworthy and Cameron Coffey who both recorded five RBIs.
The Red Devils continue their season with games in Chiefland Feb. 21t and hosting Interlachen Friday at home.