Roundup: Red Devils rally over Indians, win district

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:17 a.m.

FORT WHITE — No. 2 seed Fort White struck early with a pair of back-to-back home runs, but top-seeded Williston chipped away at the Indians for a 5-3 win to take the District 5-4A baseball championship Thursday night at Fort White High School.

The Indians (14-10) had momentum early with the two first-inning home runs from Kevin Dupree and Willie Carter, both solo shots to right field. They added another run in the third with Brady Wilkinson scoring from third on a fielder's choice.

But Williston (19-5) rebounded in the bottom of the frame with a two-run double from Haydn Cano that scored Jared Carson and Tay Hammonds. Austin Langworthy tied it at 3, crossing the plate on a Fort White fielding error.

Later in the inning, Shykel Rambert scored from third off a wild Cameron Coffey infield single that bobbled toward third, giving the Red Devils a 4-3 lead, and putting the game back in their hands.

“I just thought it was a great job by these young men to hang in there when we got behind, and to have confidence in themselves, believe in one another, and stick together as a team,” Williston coach Scott Hall said.

The Red Devils capped the scoring in the fourth with a line-drive single from Langworthy, scoring Dalton Spikes.

Langworthy also led the charge on the mound for Williston, recovering from his shaky start to pitch six solid innings, striking out nine.

“He's a competitor,” Hall said of Langworthy. “You have to love when a guy like that's going to go out there on the mound for you.”

Williston hosts the runner-up of the District 6 title game next week. Fort White will travel to play the District 6 champion.

LAKE WEIR 8, GAINESVILLE 6: At Leesburg, Gainesville led for six innings but surrendered five runs in the seventh to lose the District 5-6A title.

Lake Weir received doubles from three players in its rally, including two from Phillip Felician. The fourth-seeded Hurricanes scattered 10 hits altogether.

Gainesville, also named the Hurricanes, led 6-3 heading into the seventh inning on six hits. Zach Cronin and Case Harrison each had two hits and scored two runs for GHS.

As the district champions, Lake Weir (15-12) hosts its regional quarterfinal game next Wednesday against the loser of the District 6-6A title game, while Gainesville (9-17) travels to the winner.

SUWANNEE 13, CRAWFORDVILLE WAKULLA 10: At Crawfordville, the No. 1-seed Bulldogs survived a scare from the host War Eagles to win the District 2-5A title game.

Suwannee (17-7) had previously split two regular season games with No. 2-seed Wakulla (18-6).

With the victory, the Bulldogs advance to host Gulf Breeze in the Class 5A regional quarterfinals next Thursday. The War Eagles will travel to District 1-5A champion Rutherford.

BRONSON 5, HILLIARD 0: At Trenton, the third-seeded Eagles rode the arm of junior ace Tim Gibson to upset the No. 2-seed Red Flashes and advance in the District 6-1A semifinals.

Gibson, who tossed a complete game shutout for Bronson, allowed just three hits and struck out five to earn his seventh win of the season.

He found plenty of run support from the Eagles' lineup, led by Landon Smith, who went 2-for-3 with a run and three RBIs. Fellow junior Tyler Beauchamp posted a pair of hits and scored two runs.

Bronson (13-9) plays top-seeded Trenton today at 7 p.m. for the district title, while Hilliard (15-12) ends its season.

TRENTON 7, BELL 0: At Trenton, the top-seeded Tigers stayed perfect against league opponents this season with their District 6-1A semifinal win.

Three Trenton players had multiple hits against the No. 4-seed Bulldogs, including Hunter Parrish, Jon Ward and Clif Bryant.

A senior, Bryant led the host Tigers on 3-for-4 hitting with three runs and two RBIs. He also launched a home run and had a pair of doubles to help Trenton score in each of the first five innings of the game.

The Tigers (22-1) advance to play No. 3-seed Bronson tonight at 7 for the district title.

— Correspondent John Boothe contributed to this story

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