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Season ends with heart-breaking loss

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 By Bryan Hoopaugh

bhoopaugh@willistonpioneer.com

Williston traveled to Ocala  May 7 to face off against Trinity Catholic in the FHSAA Regional playoffs. 

Trinity drew first blood scoring two in the bottom of the second off a single by Winningham, a double by Lepore and an RBI single off the bat of Gourley giving Trinity a 2-0 edge. 

Trinity put two more on the board in the fourth scoring the same two runners, Winningham and Lepore, to give Trinity a 4-0 lead heading into the fifth.

Williston was able to get on the board in the top of the sixth with Austin Langworthy reaching on a double and scoring on an RBI double by Justin Forsythe. 

This was the only run Williston was able to score as pitcher A. Merritt kept the Devils’ bats at bay, allowing only three hits, striking out seven and issuing three walks. This hard-fought loss would ultimately end the Red Devil 2013 season with a record of 20-6.

This young team, having only three seniors, played a great season exceeding the expectations of critics and chain link managers. 

Williston finished in first place in class 4A District 5 holding the top rankings in almost every individual category. 

Forsythe led the district in batting average with a .444; slugging .722 percent; on base .568 percent and tied for first in stolen bases with 20. 

Trent Johnson led in pitching stats with 10 wins and an ERA of .57.  

Langworthy took second in pitching with an ERA of 1.04 and tied for second for most strike outs with 69. Williston also ranked first in fielding percentage with Cameron Coffey, Dylan Blalock and Langworthy all boasting a 1.000. 

Coach Scott Hall will now set his sights on next year’s team, which has several high talent prospects moving up. The team only loses three players.