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Red Devils win district and first game of state playoffs

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 By Bryan Hoopaugh

bhoopaugh@willistonpioneer.com

 

Williston varsity baseball faced off against Keystone April 23 for their first victory in the district tournament. 

Trent Johnson continued his success on the mound, delivering yet another complete game shutout. 

While Keystone was able to muster seven hits, the Devils’ defense was able to keep them off the board and seal a 2-0 win for the Red Devils.

The first run of the game came from Cameron Coffey, who reached on a single and was batted in by a double off the bat of freshman Austin Langworthy in the bottom of the second. 

After three quick innings Williston scored Coffey again in the sixth. Coffey reached on an error by Keystone’s shortstop Davis. A stolen base and a sacrifice fly offered up by Spikes gave Williston their second and last run of the game and after six and a half innings, Williston advanced to face Fort White April 25.

Fort White had its best inning of the game in the first scoring two runs and pitching a three up three down inning to the Devils. 

Fort White scored again in the third their third and final run of the game as Wilkerson reached on a fielder’s choice and was batted in by designated hitter Carter.

Williston got on the board in the bottom of the third scoring four runs by Langworthy, Cano, Carson and Hammonds and took the lead. 

Another run scored in the fourth by Dalton Spikes sealed Williston’s victory. Langworthy had an impressive game pitching 97 pitches in six innings allowing only four hits and recording 10 strikeouts. Blalock took the mound in the sixth for a three up three down save to give the mighty Red Devils their second straight district title.

Williston moved on to the Regional Tournament with home field advantage hosting South Sumter Wednesday at home.