Williston baseball's season ended by Trinity Catholic
Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 11:52 p.m.
OCALA — Williston coach Scott Hall didn't expect to see lightly-used lefty Eddie Miller on the hill when his Red Devils faced Trinity Catholic in Tuesday's Region 4A-2 semifinals.
It wasn't because Hall hadn't seen him — Miller had pitched pieces of both of Trinity's regular-season wins over Williston — it had more to do with sending a sophomore to the mound in the loser-goes-home format.
But Celtics skipper Tommy Bond's hunch paid postseason dividends as the light-tossing southpaw confounded the Red Devils for nearly six innings in Trinity's 4-1 victory.
Miller pitched 5 2/3 innings of masterful baseball, surrendering just three hits and one run. He retired 13 of 14 batters he faced after a pair of first-inning walks and didn't allow his first hit until Justin Forsythe's single in the fourth.
“It did surprise me,” Hall said. “But we've had more trouble against him than we have their two righties. He gives us trouble. We'd much rather hit the better pitchers.
“I guess it's that slow stuff or something, but we can't hit that sucker,” he added. “We were so far in front tonight. Even when we hit the ball, it was off the end of the bat.”
Williston finally broke through with its only run of the night when freshman Austin Langworthy and Forsythe traded doubles to cut the Celtic lead to 4-1 in the sixth.
Trinity's Sam Atwell relieved Miller with Forsythe on second and promptly struck out clean-up hitter Dylan Blaylock to end the sixth. The right-hander then struck out two more in the seventh to earn his second save of the year just six days after picking up his first win with seven innings of scoreless relief in the 2-1, 13-inning marathon against Fort White in the quarters.
Trinity (19-9) opened the scoring in the second when Dash Winningham led off with a single and moved to third on a Jesse Lepore double. Winningham scored on a passed ball, and Josh Gourley followed with an RBI single to score Lepore.
Two innings later, the Celtics put it away with Tim Pigeon's RBI single and freshman Brandon Reitz's RBI sacrifice fly, which made it 4-0.
The Celtics managed just six hits off starter Trent Johnson (4 IP, 3 ER) – who took the loss — and reliever Langworthy (2 IP). But they also cashed in on three walks and a costly error.
Williston had three hits and just six baserunners all night as the Red Devils ended their season at 20-6.