Not only did the South Walton Seahawk pitching staff throw a no-hitter for a 9-0 win over the visiting Baker Gators, but it was done by a pair of freshmen and a sophomore combined with a freshman catcher.
“Three freshman studs out there playing varsity baseball and doing a great job for a combined no-hitter, how about that?” said a proud Nick Borthwick, coach of the Seahawks.
In his first start of the season, freshman Keenan Aiden pitched the first four innings, facing 13 batters and striking out seven. Cade Watson stepped on the mound for South Walton in the top of the fifth and struck out two of four batters. Sophomore Kai Wilk, a sidearm pitcher, finished out the last two innings, striking out two and hitting one batter.
Behind the plate for South Walton was freshman catcher Drake Roberts.
Not only did the Seahawk defense get it done, but so did the bats.
“Chase Miles got us on the board and took a little pressure off us early with a mammoth bomb over the batting cage,” Borthwick said.
Altogether, the Seahawks had nine hits. Austin Garofalo led the way with two doubles and a single, while Harris Barton and Adam Richards each had two. Tyler Holland also had a hit.
Miles home run blast came in the bottom of the first for two RBIs.
“It was a fastball,” said sophomore after he got back to the dugout.
In the third, South Walton put three more runs on the board on three hits. Garofalo doubled to right and scored on a fielder’s choice by Hunter Crawley. Barton singled to left center to score Crawley. Richards followed with a single. Kyle Vogler hit one deep to right to sacrifice in Barton for a 5-0 game.
South Walton put three more on the board in the fourth. Garofalo belted another double to left for two RBIs and later scored on a throwing error.
In the sixth inning, the Seahawks scored one last run. Barton singled to right and came home on a hard-hit grounder by Cole Varner.
“I’m just proud of them,” Borthwick said.
The Seahawks will be back at home March 16 for a 6 p.m. game against the Bozeman Bucks.