After blasting University School of Nashville 16-0, the South Walton Seahawks came up short 11-2 to Donelson Christian Academy of Nashville in a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon in Santa Rosa Beach.
"You've got to tip your hat to DCA in the first inning. We got in a hole and really couldn't over come it," said South Walton Coach Nick Borthwick.
In the first inning, DCA pounded out seven hits for an eight-run start.
South Walton answered in the bottom half with one run on two hits. Reed Yandell walked and scored on a double to right field by Zach Lance. Sage Roberts followed with a single. Jack Flynn reached on a fielder's choice with Roberts going down at second base for an out. Flynn was picked off at first for the third out.
After coming in as relief pitcher late in the first Yandell shut the DCA Wildcats down the next four innings.
South Walton got runners on base but failed to get them home.
In the second, Noah Neville singled up the middle, but then got picked off at first base.
In the third inning with two outs, Lance and Roberts hit back-to-back singles but were left stranded when the next Seahawk struck out.
South Walton came up empty in the fourth on a pop fly, a run down for an out and a strike out.
In the top the sixth, the Wildcats picked up another run on a hit and an error.
South Walton answered in the bottom half with one last run. With two outs, Tyler Slotter singled and moved around to second on a wild pitch. Slotter later scored on a double to left field by Neville.
In the top of the seventh, DCA scored two runs on a hit and two errors.
"The biggest thing I saw was bad base running over and over and getting picked off at first," Borthwick said. "I was disappointed in the breakdown."
The other downfall for the South Walton was leaving runners on base.
"That's been a common theme for us … we're having trouble getting the big hits. It will be nice to see a four or five hit inning instead of a one or two."
In the earlier game, against University School of Nashville, junior Seahawk pitcher Tuck Stafford got the win.
"We hit the ball a bit better and they made some mistakes," Borthwick said. "We pitched well and played good defense … it was totally a different game."
The Seahawks, now 7-4, will travel to Paxton for a 6 p.m. game Tuesday.