After a pair of blow-out three-inning games, the Seahawks delighted a hometown crowd Friday night with a 12-2 victory over Blountstown.
At the March 29 game in Tallahassee, the Seahawks were on the wrong end of an 18-1 blowout, as they managed just two hits.
The Seminoles put up five runs in the first and eight in the second before giving up a run in the top of the third as senior Wyatt Abercrombie had a hit that drove in senior Will Varnes. The only other hit came off the bat of sophomore Cody Abercrombie.
“This was a game against a really good team that we had played close in the pre-season tourney,”: said coach Kevin Cox. “We had an opportunity to get ahead in the first inning but did not take advantage of the situation. From there we were not sharp defensively and when you’re playing a team the caliber of Florida High, you have to be sharp in all three phases of the game: pitching, defense and hitting. We were not sharp in any as a team.
“They took us out behind the woodshed, nothing else to say about this game,” he said. “You learn from it and move on. “
The Seahawks moved on the next night at home, clobbering Munroe 20-0 after putting up nine runs in the first, seven in the second and four in the thirds.
“I am really glad the schedule had us playing the next day after the Florida High game,” said Cox. “I would not want to wait two or three days to get back on the field after playing the way we did on Tuesday.
Cox was able to insert senior Larry Winchester into the designated hitter spot, after he recovered from labrum surgery in November.
“Boy, did he deliver,” said the coach. “Larry went 2 for 3 at the plate with six runs batted in a grand slam. I was very happy for Larry.”
Also delivering at the plate was junior Wyatt Abercrombie who went 2 for 2 with a grand slam and a double. “Very rarely do you see a grand slam but to have two in one game was special,” said Cox. “Just a good bounceback game for us and got us back in a good mindset heading into the Blountstown game.”
The Seahawks continued their winning ways Friday at home with a 12-2 victory over the Blountstown Tigers.
“We played a really good game versus a quality opponent,” said Cox.
The Seahawks had a rocky start, giving up a homerun in the first, but then sophomore Cody Abercrombie settled down and was outstanding the rest of the way, going six innings and giving up only three hits and two runs while striking out six. He also delivered at the plate with a three-run homerun that broke the game open.
Junior Evan Stanley delivered as well with a three-run home run that gave the Seahawks the lead in the third inning, after a two-double by senior Gage Boone had tied the game.
“We swung the bat well,” said Cox. “Even though we did not have a lot of hits, the ones we had did damage.”
Senior Blakely Curry and Varnes added hits as well.
“I’m really proud of how we have played the first half of the season but there is still a lot of ball left to be played, with some important games coming up,” said Cox.