Freshman shines in win over Marianna

Crestview baseball

Pierce Cadenhead slides into home for Crestview High's first run against Northview High School on Friday in the Justin Richards Tournament.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 04:52 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Seth Forrest won't attend his first class at Crestview High School until August, but the incoming freshman has already made an impression on Bulldog baseball coach Tim Gillis.

Forrest showed maturity beyond his years on the pitchers mound during Saturday afternoon’s Justin Richards Scholarship Baseball Tournament. Crestview Gray took a 14-9 win during the "Battle of the Bulldogs" against Marianna.

The win moved Gray into the tournament championship game, where the Bulldogs lost to Baker 7-6.

Gillis called on Forrest in the fourth inning with two outs, the bases loaded and six runs in for Marianna as visitors tied the game 8-8.

Forrest got a strike out to end the inning. He gave up one run and four hits over the last three innings. And Crestview scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and three more in the fifth to roll to the win.

Gillis wasn't surprised to see his young pitcher step up in the pressure situation.

"For me, it's a constant evaluation process," Gillis said. "I felt real good about Seth going in there and throwing strikes. I knew the situation wouldn't be too big for him.

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