South Walton slips by Freeport in eighth inning


South Walton catcher Dustin Allen makes the tag on Freeport's Chase Caswell. Both look to the umpire for the call in the bottom of the fourth inning. Caswell was called out.

Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 04:03 PM.

With the game deadlocked, the South Walton Seahawks pushed a run across the plate in the bottom of the eighth to post a 2-1 win over Freeport High in varsity baseball action Tuesday evening in Santa Rosa Beach.

"We really came together as a team," said Seahawk Coach Nick Borthwick.  "I'm proud of their effort and attitude. I believe in this team."

With the win the Seahawks move to 6-6 on the season.

"We're back in the middle of the district race now," Borthwick said. "We want to make the playoffs — that's our goal."

On Tuesday, Freeport got on base early in the first inning, but South Walton shut them down with a ground out and a pop fly to second baseman Tyler Slotter.

The Bulldogs threatened again in the second when they loaded the bases on a hit from Noah Simmons, a hit batter and an error. But again the Seahawks got out of it with pitcher Sage Roberts ringing up two strikeouts.

In the fourth, Freeport again got a runner in scoring position, but was pegged at the plate on a throw from left fielder Joe Canalejo to catcher Dustin Allen who made the tag on Chase Caswell for the third out.

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