South Walton ousts Northview in district tourney

Tina Harbuck
South Walton junior pitcher Alyssa Selvey was spot on during Tuesday's district tournament game against the Northview Chiefs. Selvey threw a one-hitter and struck out 11. She also connected for two hits for two RBIs in the 3-0 victory played at Baker. [TINA HARBUCK/THE SUN]

Patience combined with one-hit pitching and eight hits by the South Walton Seahawks was the recipe for a 3-0 victory over the Northview Chiefs in the 1A District 3 softball tournament on Tuesday evening.

“We talked about it before we faced this team that we had to have patience and go with the right pitches,” said South Walton Coach Bob Hartness.

“And we stayed off junk and we hit the things when they counted,” he said.

South Walton’s Alyssa Selvey made both her hits count with a double and a single both for RBIs, one in the first inning and the other in the third. Freshman Shelby Baxley, in her first start, banged out two doubles, one for an RBI in the sixth inning for the last Seahawk score.

“It’s always good when a freshman can step in and do that … that’s pretty good for a freshman,” Hartness said.

South Walton freshman Adrienne Crawley also hit two singles, while sophomore’s Kelci Whitfield and Heaven Porter each singled.

Not only did the Seahawks get the job done at the plate, but in the field as well. First baseman Chloe Waller and Selvey each fielded a couple of bunts for put outs. Third baseman Caitlin Hartsel, catcher Erin Hartsel and shortstop Crawley all fielded grounders for outs.

What they didn’t field Selvey handled from the circle. The junior pitcher faced 22 batters, giving up one hit and no walks while striking out 11.

“She was in the zone,” Hartness said. “You could see it how relaxed she was. She threw very few balls, she was hitting the strikes when we needed it and she was hitting where I was calling it.”

“My two seam pitch was working really well,” Selvey said, noting the hard dirt on the Baker field makes a difference.

But either way, she only allowed one hit. Northview’s Jamia Newton connected for the only hit in the top of the fourth.

South Walton advances to play in the championship game Thursday at 6 p.m. in Baker.

“We’re not done. We’ve got a ways to go, but we’re getting better and we’re working hard,” Hartness said.

“The girls are peaking at the right time.”