A 2-2 tie in the fourth against the Liberty County Bulldogs lasted six more innings Tuesday night in Bristol, before the Franklin County Seahawks put two runs across the plate in the top of the 10th to secure a 4-2 win.
The win put the Seahawks in undisputed second place in the district behind undefeated Wewahitchka.
Keying the victory were eighth grader Lexi Webb and sophomore Taylor Mallon. Each scored a run and drove in another; Webb went 2 for 3 and Mallon 3 for 5.
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The Seahawks came out hitting in the first, scoring two runs on four hits. Liberty scored one in the bottom of the inning, and tied the game on an error in the third.
Both teams scattered a few hits over the next six innings, with the Seahawks threatening on the base paths in mutiple innings.
Sixth grader Addison Mallon bunted in the winning run in the top of the 10th, then scored herself on a tag up from a deep sacrifice fly to left field.
Freshman pitcher Sarah Ham was on the mound all 10 frames, striking out seven, walking two and giving up two earned runs. Jasmine Finuff also pitched a complete game for the Bulldogs.
Also aiding in the Seahawks’ 13-hit attack was freshman Ryan Brown, who went 1 for 6, driving in a run and scoring one, and seventh grader Lilah Millender, who went 1 for 5.
Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has visited the site of the Bertha Swamp, Adkins Avenue and Star Avenue fires in Bay, Gulf and Calhoun counties, did the honors of throwing out the first pitch at Tuesday’s game.