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The outstanding season for the Williston Red Devil Baseball team came to an end May 11, as the Red Devils fell to Bishop Moore 9-3 before a super large crowd of Williston Red Devil fans.
As the Red Devils were unable to pull off a come-from-behind win. the crowd rose to itsfeet in true appreciation for the young men who wore the Williston uniform and played with sportsmanship and pride all season long.
This season proved to be the best season for a Red Devil baseball team ending with a 25-4 season record, and two playoff wins, a first in nearly 90 years.
At least five seniors from this group of Red Devils will receive college scholarships to continue playing baseball at the next level.
Pitcher Justin Baker suffered his first pitching loss of an otherwise perfect season as he finished with an 11-1 record. First baseman Christian Morris collected his 11th homerun of the season with a two-run blast in the fourth inning.
On this night, in this game, it was the Hornets’ Matt Wagner, who certainly was the player of the game for Bishop Moore.
Wagner went 3-4 at the plate collecting 4 RBI's with a 3 run homerun and a bases loaded single, scoring another run, along with a lead off single.
The Red Devils were hitless and trailing Bishop Moore 5-0 when their offense began to click in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Following a one out walk by Austin Etheridge, Christian Morris lifted an 0-2 pitch towering over the left field fence, pulling the Red Devils to a 5-2 score in the regional final game.
Bishop Moore answered with their next at bat in the top of the fifth inning as they plated three more runs for an 8-2 lead with Wagner leading the way for the Hornets.
Trying to keep pace, and mount a comeback, the Red Devils’ Conner Clayton blasted a lead off double to start off the bottom of the fifth inning. Jared Caswell reached first base when he was hit by a pitch.
Max White picked up an RBI on a sharply hit single, adding the third Red Devil run of the game.
White and Caswell advanced to second and third base. With two Red Devil runners now in scoring position, Bishop Moore brought in their ace relief pitcher Jonathan Petiz.
Petiz retired the Red Devils without giving up another run in the inning. With the score now 8-3 after five full innings, Bishop Moore added an insurance run in the top of the sixth inning.
Petiz then held the Red Devils scoreless in the sixth and seventh inning to win the regional championship, and advance to the state finals next week along with three other private schools.
The Red Devil fans will certainly remember this 2012 team for many years to come as a team of true winners, both on and off the field.