Gators win Justin Richards tournament

Baker baseball

The Baker School baseball team is the 2013 champion of the Justin Richards Scholarship Baseball Tournament.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 16:36 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Baker School’s baseball team played David against the Crestview High School Gray team Goliath in the Justin Richards Scholarship Tournament’s championship game on Saturday.

The Gators didn't have slingshots or stones, but they made use of their weapons in the way of baseballs and bats. The Baker players also showed a bit of courage and tenacity along the way.

After dropping their tournament opener to the Gray team 10-2 Thursday, the Gators won three straight games to earn a spot in the championship game against Crestview Gray.

Baker got the best of the rematch, taking a 7-6 win to claim the tournament title.

Alan Weidenhammer and Kyle Davis provided the pitching and their teammates supplied timely hitting and stingy defense to come away with the win.

Baker followed a time-proven recipe for success, Gator coach Scott Johnson said.

"I’ve been around long enough to know that the kids would have to execute, not make errors, throw strikes, and above all else, put the ball in play on the ground and compete," he said. "And our boys did that, pretty much. Game one, we struggled, throwing strikes a little bit, but from that point, we put it in play.



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