South Walton, FL---While most high school baseball district tournaments were on break for their finals Thursday night, the action in Class 1A-4 continued on.
South Walton held the spot, hosting four seed Port St. Joe who had the challenge of facing top dog Bozeman for a state championships birth. It was a challenge the Sharks weren't able to complete.
The Bucks offense pounced on PSJ pitching, scoring early and often in route to a 10-0 victory in five innings. A big boost to the scoring attack was the long ball. The Bucks put two balls over the fence on a Matthew Webb solo shot and a walk-off blast by Alec Aleywine in the 5th to end the game.
Aleywine was also effective on the mound for the one-seed, allowing only two hits over four innings, while racking up six strikeouts.
The win ensures Bozeman will make their eighth straight trip to the FHSAA Championship Tournament and earns them a spot in the 1A-4 District Final. They'll face the two seed, Liberty County, who defeated host team South Walton in the previous District Semifinal, 15-5.
In the highlights attached above, the action picks up as the Bucks are up 2-0, top three, Alec Aleywine dealing, Will Ramsey takes him to center. It looks like it could drop but not on Cameron Sullivan's watch. Sharks get nothing but the Bucks keep scoring.
Bottom three, Matthew Webb goes deep to left. This one is gone.
The lead is 3-0, excpet Bozeman's not done. Bubba Thompson lines one past the infield into center, scoring Christian Hitt.
Aleywine goes 4 innings, gives up just 2 hits, and gets 6 K's, and even hits the walk-off homer as the Bucks win in 5, 10-nothing.
They're off to state for the eighth straight year.