Suwannee baseball's season ends in heart-breaking fashion


Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 11:59 p.m.

LIVE OAK — The Suwannee baseball team's season came down to a tag at home, but the Bulldogs did not reach the plate in time in their 8-7 loss to Gulf Breeze in Thursday's Class 5A, Region 1 quarterfinals.

After trailing 8-5 in the bottom of the seventh, Suwannee staged a furious rally to cut the lead to two and place runners on second and third prior to junior Dustin Driver's final at-bat. Driver, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI, singled out to right field to score the Bulldogs' runner on third, but the baserunner on second was swiped out at the plate.

“We had two outs, and I looked at our guy on deck, who was 0-4, so I sent him,” SHS coach Terry Mixon said. “It's a disappointing ending, and you'll always question yourself to send the runner. But I'd do it again.”

The Bulldogs (17-8), who compiled eight hits, held an early 4-2 lead when senior starter Trey Owen was pulled. In four innings of work, Owen had five strikeouts and two walks.

From there, the Dolphins' bats took over behind senior shortstop Taylor Baynes, who went 4-for-4 with three runs and an RBI. Gulf Breeze scored six runs in the final three innings, including a three-run seventh, to finish with 10 total hits.

The Dolphins (12-13) advance to Tuesday's regional semifinals against either Crawfordville Wakulla or Panama City Rutherford at 7 p.m.

Softball

CROSS CITY DIXIE COUNTY 7, PIERSON TAYLOR 2, Suspended: At Pierson, rain suspended play in the Region 4-1A semifinal softball game between Cross City Dixie County and Taylor. The game is scheduled to restart today at 3 p.m. with Taylor leading 7-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning with no outs and nobody on base.

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