South Walton edges Bozeman

Tina Harbuck

SANTA ROSA BEACH -- With two-hit pitching and fewer errors, the South Walton Seahawks secured a 1-0 softball victory over the visiting Bozeman Bucks of Panama City Friday night.

“We didn’t have the errors tonight and I think our defense is coming back together,” South Walton Coach Bob Hartness.

Last Friday, the Seahawks committed a total of 10 errors in a double header against Baker, but still walked away with two victories. But against Bozeman, the Seahawks only had two errors.

“We’ve got a little winning streak going on, but our sticks are still flat,” Hartness added.

“We’ve got to start hitting.”

The Seahawks had a total of four hits in the hour and 20 minute game. Adrienne Crawley, Makena Kimball, Caitlin Hartsel and Kelci Whitfield each singled.

South Walton junior Alyssa Selvey went the distance in the pitching circle facing 24 batters, striking out nine, walking two and giving up two hits.

“Our circle is still doing very well and we’re shutting people down,” Hartness said.

In the first inning, Selvey struck out the first Buck, and then second baseman Kelci Whitfield fielded the next two grounders for putouts.

In the second, Selvey struck out the side on the Bucks for another quick inning.

With two outs in the third, Bozeman got a runner on base with Brooke Stanford hitting a single up the middle. Selvey fielded a grounder for the third out.

In the fourth, South Walton shut the Bucks down again. Whitfield caught a pop fly for the first out, and then Emily Hurst singled to right field. Up next, Shelby Folmar popped up with Seahawk catcher Erin Hartsel making a catch. Hartsel try to catch Folmar off base, but overthrew the ball. After a couple of mishaps, left fielder Mckena Kimball made the throw to home with Hartsel making the tag at the plate for the third out.

South Walton scored its only run of the game in the bottom of the fourth. Kimball reached on an error and moved around to third. Caitlin Hartsel hit a pop fly with the Bucks making an error and Kimball slipped in home.

The Seahawks didn’t give up anything the next three innings with Selvey ringing up four strikeouts and Hartsel at catcher making a couple of throw downs for outs.

“Our defense is doing their job, we’ve just got to hit the ball,” Hartness said.

“But we’ll take what we can get,” he said.