PENSACOLA — Tuesday’s game with Washington High School was just what the doctor ordered for the Crestview High School baseball team that was in a two-game skid.
Bulldog starting pitcher Corey Armstrong scattered four hits over six innings of work and struck out seven Wildcat batters and the Crestview offensive pounded out 12 hits in a 10-3 win.
“I was proud of the guys,” Crestview Coach Tim Gillis said. “We’ve been working hard in practice swinging the bats. We came out and found some holes and we had some guys have some good quality at bats and that’s what we are trying to do.
”We are trying to start from scratch a little bit and get rolling. They’ve been working hard. Sometimes things are a little bit tough and you just have to hang in there.
Freshman shortstop B.A. Larkins, who was just called up from the junior varsity, led the Bulldogs (8-7) with three hits in his first varsity start.
Armstrong not only did the job on the mound. He had an excellent night at the plate reaching base four times and scoring twice on two hits, a walk and a Washington error.
Pierce Cadenhead reached safely in all four of his plate appearance. Cadenhead had a hit, a walk and twice reached on Wildcat errors.
Armstrong scored the first Bulldog run in the third inning. He singled, moved to second on an Austin Armstrong hit and scored on a base hit by Colter Hancock.
Crestview added second run in the fourth.
Cadenhead reached on an error to lead off the inning and moved to third on hits by Larkins and Hunter Sullivan as the Bulldogs loaded the bases. Cadenhead scored when Corey Armstrong walked with the base loaded.
Crestview broke the game open with five runs in the sixth inning. Matt Gillis’ two-run double was the big blow of the inning.
The Bulldogs added three more runs in the top of the seventh with Sullivan connecting for a double to plate Hunter Willis and Cadenhead.
Crestview played rock solid defense through the first five innings. By the time the Bulldogs did make a couple of errors they were in front by seven runs.
“I thought we played really good defense early on, for sure,” Tim Gillis said. “We made some plays.
“B.A. Larkins came up today and made some plays (at shortstop). And Hunter Willis made some nice plays (at second base). We played well and it was good to see.”
Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.