Seahawks pound Bulldogs, advance to region finals

Tina Harbuck

After struggling early on, the South Walton baseball team took charge to pull off a 13-2 win over Liberty County in a Region 1-1A semifinal win in Bristol.

With the win, the Seahawks advance to play Tuesday against the Chipley Tigers in Chipley at 7 p.m. in the region finals. 

As for Wednesday’s game, Liberty got on the board first with a run on two hits in the bottom of the first. Tanner Young and Brady Peddie hit back-to-back singles with Young scoring.

It took the Seahawks a little while to warm up as they left the bases loaded two times in the first three innings.

“We struggled early on and had some chances,” said South Walton Coach Nick Borthwick.

South Walton scored one in the top of the third, and then scored four in the fourth on four hits. Hunter Crawley, who finished the night with three hits, ripped a single up the middle for two RBI, while Chase Miles hit a single for an RBI.

"We just kept battling to put up 13 runs," Borthwick said. “It’s a funny game … you can put up big runs at any time and our offense is capable to that. They showed that tonight."

The Seahawks had another big inning in the sixth with three runs on two hits. Aiden Keenan singled to left for an RBI and Kyle Vogel smacked a double up the middle for two RBI and an 8-1 lead.

In the top of the seventh, South Walton finished it off with five runs on three hits. Harris Barton drilled a single down the right field line for an RBI and Keenan doubled to left for two RBI. Taylor Collier singled to right for an RBI.

Liberty scored one last run in the bottom of the seventh.

Adam Richards got the win after striking out 10 over six innings and allowing just a run on three hits and no walks.

“Adam threw well tonight. He didn’t have a great start but he found his groove and he got the W,” Borthwick said.