Ft. Walton Beach, FL-- For ten area prep baseball teams, Tuesday night marked the start of the state playoffs, those teams hitting the field hoping to get the first of five necessary wins to claim a state championship. Five teams hosting as district champs, five on the road. Count the Rutherford Rams among those travelling tonight, they were at Choctaw to take on the champs of 4-A district one.
Indians on the board here in the first, Tanner Black knocks a hard liner past the outfielder, and he races all the way to third for the 2 out triple...
Next batter Miguel Paulino hits a shot past the diving second baseman and Black comes home for the first run of the game.
Choctaw playing some D early too, Rutherford's Brady Colburn a shot to short, but Black makes the diving stop and throws a dart to first for the out, Rams unable to push across any runs in the first two at bats.
Dakota Spikes gets settled on the mound in the 2nd though here getting Luke Clarke to strikeout swinging.
Then in the top of the third, 2 on and 2 out with Jesse Pace at the dish, and he unloads on the pitch and he hits it to the trees in left center, a three run blast that gives the Rams a 3-1 lead, they add 3 more the 4th and go on to an 8-1 win, the Rams now 22-5 will head back to Wakulla Friday for their region semifinal, Wakulla beating Pensacola tonight.