Gators pull upset over Vikings

Baker baseball

Garrett Sanders had three hits for Baker on Thursday as the Gator baseball team beat Fort Walton Beach.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, March 22, 2013 at 06:04 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Wins don’t get bigger than the Baker School baseball team’s 4-3 win over Fort Walton Beach on Thursday.

The Class 1A Gators picked up their first recent win over a 6A school — perhaps the first in the program’s history.

“I haven’t been here long enough to know, but I think this may be the first time that we’ve beaten one of the big schools in baseball,” first-year Baker coach Scott Johnson said. “It’s definitely a big win. The kids did a good job.

“We’ve been playing better and better. And it was good for us to play them (the Vikings), definitely.”

The win didn’t come easy.

Baker trailed 1-0 after the first inning and 3-2 after the fourth inning before tying the game in the fifth and scoring the game-winning run in the seventh.

Alan Weidenhammer drew the start on the mound for the Gators. Thanks to some help from his defense, Weidenhammer managed to work into the fourth inning before Ben Crowson replaced him and went the rest of the way for the win.

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