OCALA - The visit to Trinity Catholic Tuesday night was long and frustrating, and that was just before the game started.
Willistons baseball team dropped a 15-1, five-inning decision to the Celtics Tuesday night, getting only two hits in the process.
The Red Devils will return home for their own tournament, which starts with four games on Monday (check schedule in calendar).
After the Celtics won the JV game, which ended just 15 minutes before the scheduled 7 p.m. starting time, the Trinity groundskeepers spent 40 minutes working on the field, acting as if it had been terribly torn up during the JV game (it wasnt). Then the teams took infield, and the result was that the varsity game started 52 minutes late.
That didnt make things any better.
The Celtics scored in the bottom of the first on three hits and an error, but a double play kept the damage from being worse.
In the second a rare double play without the ball being hit, as runners tried to take extra bases on a walk, made the score 1-0 going into the bottom of the third.
But then things turned bad. The Celtics erupted for 10 runs on eight hits in the frame, including four blasts in a row. Two were doubles over the center-fielders head, one by Moose Winningham and one by Andrew Bartlett. After that Chester Pigeon and Kyle Kazakevicius hit back-to-back home runs. Later in the inning John Ramsey had a double to deep right.
The Celtics kept pounding in the fourth, getting four runs on five hits.
Brandon Scott and Damon Ming split the pitching for the Devils.
At the plate Williston could do little with Trinity ace Jordan Landry, who leads Marion County in earned run average. Chris Morrow beat out an infield hit to deep short in the second inning, and Danny Etheridge hit a long double to right-center in the fourth. He then scored on two groundouts with Brent Stegall getting the RBI. The only other runners were Carl Gilley, who was safe on an error in the third, and Morrow, who walked in the fourth.