CRESTVIEW — With start of District 1-7A play set for Friday the Crestview High School baseball team is still in the process of fine tuning some things in lineup.
Monday the Bulldogs looked as if that fine tuning process is coming along just fine as they hosted Baker.
Sparked by a seven-run first inning Crestview cruised to an 11-0 win.
The game was called in the fifth inning on the 10-run rule.
Bulldog starting pitcher Justin Abdo worked four innings on the mound and allowed just two hits while striking out seven Gator batters to get the win. Hunter Willis worked the fifth inning and picked up two strike outs without allowing a base runner.
Crestview Coach Tim Gillis said it took Abdo a while to get going, but after that he did well.
“I thought he (Abdo) was really good after the second inning,” Gillis said. “He wasn’t sharp early on, but he got it going and he had some good stuff working with his fastball and breaking pitches.
“We have a big district game coming up Friday. It’s just a battle every night and we are trying to get better.”
Crestview wasted no time in jumping on Gator starting pitcher Colton Kilpatrick.
The Bulldogs sent 12 batters to the plate in the first inning and had five hits, two walks and a hit batter to go along with two Baker errors.
The first six Bulldogs that came to the plate reached base and eventually scored. The big blow of the inning was a 2-run double by Corey Armstrong.
Hunter Sullivan and Matt Gillis each reached base twice and scored a run.
Kilpatrick wasn’t on the mound for the Gators (1-4) when Crestview came to bat in the second inning.
Sophomore Bubba Ellis took over and went the rest of the way giving up four runs and five hits through the course of the last three innings.
The Bulldogs (3-2) flexed their muscles throughout the game as nine players had hits and nine players scored runs. Sullivan and Devin Wimmer each scored twice for Crestview.
Armstrong, Wimmer and Abdo each had three hits for the Bulldogs.
Alan Weidenhammer and Dakota Blackburn had hits for the Gators.
“I think it prepares us a lot (for district play),” Baker Coach Adam Henry said. “Crestview’s got a good team so we had to come prepare for them and that will help us.
“We are swinging it better and hopefully we will progress from there.”
Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at email@example.com, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.