Big spring for area teams

Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 at 04:29 PM.

Loss to the Raiders was a temporary setback as Crestview rebounded with a win over Pace in the final warm-up game before the district tournament.

Donofro turned in another strong pitching performance for the Bulldogs as they opened the tournament with a 6-0 win over Niceville. Tate Sweatt provided the power with a couple of two-run doubles.

Crestview kept things rolling as Davis Champion and Dakota Dean led the way in the district championship 3-2 win over Mosley. Justin Rebholz turned in the play of the game with a diving catch in right field that probably saved a couple of runs.

Donofro was up to his old tricks as Crestview beat Tate 1-0 in the playoffs’ opening round. The magical season ended May 7 when Mosley beat the Bulldogs 3-0.

Crestview finished the season with a 22-6 record and on any given night another player took center stage.

First baseman Seth Thomason was a consistent force from his cleanup spot in the lineup. Tyler Henderson, a four-year starter, patrolled center field like a cop in a speed trap trying to make his ticket quota. Not many things got past the fleet-footed senior.

Henderson also was a force at the plate, hitting right at .400 for the season. The Crestview outfield of Sweatt in left, Henderson in center and Rebholz in right is one of the best this area has seen in recent years.

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