South Walton Seahawks battle Bucs for 5-2 win


South Walton Tyler Slotter gets a lead off third base in the first inning against North Bay Haven. Slotter connected for two hits and two RBIs in the 5-2 win.

Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 03:52 PM.

It wasn’t easy, but the South Walton Seahawks pulled off a 5-2 victory over the visiting North Bay Haven Buccaneers in varsity baseball action Tuesday night in Santa Rosa Beach.

"Tonight we struggled just getting our confidence and rhythm," said South Walton Coach Nick Borthwick.

Nevertheless, he said, "It's early in the season and we still haven't got the bats going, but I was proud that we battled through a tough game where we had some mistakes mentally."

The Seahawks didn't connect for many hits, finishing with only four on the night.

Junior Seahawk Tyler Slotter led the effort with two hits and two RBIs.

After South Walton gave up an unearned run in the top of the first, they battled back to take the lead in the bottom half.

With a full count, Slotter singled to right and advanced around to third when the Buc's pitcher tried to pick him off at first. Austin Garafalo reached on an error and stole second. Both Slotter and Garafalo slipped into home on a passed ball for a 2-1 advantage.

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