In his first varsity start, sophomore Tuck Stafford went the distance on the mound for the South Walton Seahawks in their 11-1 win over University School of Nashville of Tennessee Tuesday evening in Santa Rosa Beach.
"Tuck really commanded the mound," said South Walton Coach Nick Borthwick.
Stafford pitched six innings, faced 24 batters, gave three hits, no walks or earned runs and struck out three.
USN Tigers scored their only run of the game in the top of the first. Tevin Burdette reached on an error and later scored.
In the bottom of the second, the Seahawks pushed two runs across the plate. Joe Canalejo and Zach Lance drew back-to-back walks then Fletcher Wilson was hit by a pitch to load the bases. The next batter struck out, but then Noah Neville drilled a shot at the short stop and Canalejo and Lance slipped in home. Neville was out at first, but the Seahawks led 2-1.
In the fourth, South Walton put together three hits to post two more runs on the board. Lance belted a double that hit at the foot of the left center field fence, then scored on a double up the middle by Wilson. Wilson moved around on a bunt sacrifice by Jeremy Pfeiffer and later scored for a 4-2 advantage.
The Seahawks put the game away in the bottom of the sixth on three hits, four walks and several passed balls. Jeremy Pfeiffer connected for two singles and Rhett Glover batted a single. South Walton managed to push seven runs across the plate for a 10-run advantage to finish off the game.
"We had some timely hits today," Borthwick said, noting the back-to-back doubles by Lance and Wilson in the fourth.
All together South Walton collected six hits with Jeremy Pfeiffer connecting for two, while Dustin Allen, Lance, Wilson and Glover each had one hit.
"We hope to build off this and get ready for Liberty next week," Borthwick said of his 8-8 team.
South Walton will host Liberty County in a district contest at 5 p.m. Tuesday.