CRESTVIEW — Revenge was on the minds of the Niceville High School baseball team Tuesday night as the Eagles traveled to Crestview for a District 1-7A game.
The Bulldogs swept the Eagles in three games in 2013 and Niceville was looking for some redemption and, maybe, some payback.
Eagle pitcher Drew Dungan threw a complete game shutout and held the Bulldogs to three hits as Niceville blanked Crestview 10-0.
About the only blemishes for Dungan, who struck out six batters, were two walks and three hit batters.
"This is huge," Eagle Coach Joe Nedoroscik. "We played them three times last year and they beat us all three times.
"This was -- I don't want to say payback -- but we definitely wanted to come over here and show that we could win a baseball game against the Crestview Bulldogs. Any time you can come over here and play the Bulldogs you have to have your A game. They are a good team over here."
Niceville (5-3, 3-1) took it to Crestview (6-5, 2-2) literally from the opening pitch.
Eagle leadoff man Drew Frederic connected on a double on the first pitch offered by Crestview staring pitcher Justin Abdo.
Frederic was picked off second by Bulldog catcher Austin Armstrong, but his hit set the tone for things to come.
Andrew Engle followed Frederic and drew a walk from Abdo. Cody Moore was next and singled. Engle and Frederic both came in to score as Niceville took a lead that would never be challenged.
The Eagles broke the game open with a 5-run third as they sent 10 batters to the plate and pounded out five hits. Abdo's night was done the Bulldogs with two runs in and the bases loaded.
Jordan Chamberlain replaced Abdo on the mound with nobody out after a Chase Outzen single scored Moore, who led off the inning with a walk.
The big blow of the inning was a 2-run single by Zander Huff.
Niceville batters continued to chip away and added a run in the fifth and two more in the seventh off Pierce Cadenhead, the fourth Bulldog pitcher of the night.
Moore had finished off a big night that saw him reach base four times in five plate appearances with a 2-run triple that scored Frederic and Zack Shields.
Niceville touched Bulldog pitchers for 10 hits, six walks and a hit batter.
Outzen joined Moore with two hits and two runs batted in.
"We hit the ball well tonight,” Nedoroscik said. "We've been hitting a lot of pop flies, but we only hit two pop flies tonight. We hit everything down on the ground hard somewhere.
"I'm very happy with our bats."
Austin Armstrong, Justin Abdo and J.R Weeks had the only Crestview hits.
Bulldog Coach Tim Gillis wasn't happy
"They hit it," he said. "Give them all the credit. They whipped us in every facet of the game right down to the coaching part of it.
"We just didn't play well and that's on the coach."
Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.