Liberty Bulldogs hammer South Walton Seahawks in district tourney

Published: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 01:29 PM.

In the bottom half, the Seahawks shut the Bulldogs down. After Noah Davis ripped a double to right, Jack Flynn in right field caught the next pop fly for an out. Liberty's Brody Holland put down a bunt, and South Walton's pitcher Sage Roberts nailed Davis trying to take third. Flynn got another catch in right to end the inning.

In the top of their third, South Walton took its only lead of the game. Garafalo walked and stole second base. Tyler Slotter put down a sacrifice bunt to move Garafalo around to third. However, Liberty's pitcher Hunter Jacobs picked Garafalo off at third. With two outs, Lance was hit by a pitch and Neville belted a single to left. Roberts reached on an error and Lance scored. Drew Pfeiffer singled to left to drive in Neville for the go-ahead run. Seconds later, Pfeiffer was picked off at first.

Liberty came in and got the lead back with three runs on four hits, a balk and a walk. South Walton got out of the inning wiith a double play from Garafalo and Slotter in the middle.

South Walton closed it back down to a one-run game in the top of the fourth. Reed Yandell walked and moved around on a bunt sacrifice by Casey Palmer. He later scored on a single by Garafalo for a 4-3 game.

In the bottom of the fourth, Liberty blew up on the Seahawks scoring seven runs on seven hits. Brody Holland, Hunter, Micah McCaskill hit back-to-back singles, then Monroe Hinson banged a single up the middle to drive in two runs. Up next, Garrett Swier smacked one over the center field fence for three RBIs.

At that point, the Seahawks made a pitching change. Tuck Stafford came in and walked a batter, then William Hayes slapped one over the fence for two runs. The Seahwks made another pitching change. Senior Reed Yandell got the Seahawks out of the inning with a couple of strikeouts and a pop up. South Walton trailed 11-3.

The Seahawks scored two last runs in the top of the sixth. Slotter doubled in a run and Lance took one deep to sacrifice in a run.

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