Sullivan powers Bulldogs past Vikings

Crestview baseball

Crestview's Dustin Kervin makes a play in right field against Fort Walton Beach on Friday.

NICK TOMECEK / Daily News
Published: Monday, March 3, 2014 at 03:57 AM.

FORT WALTON BEACH — Nick Rathke's first mistake was hanging an 0-2 pitch to Crestview outfielder Hunter Sullivan. The Fort Walton Beach right-hander's second was making the exact same pitch two innings later to Sullivan.

The two down-the-middle fastballs resulted in a first-inning solo homer and later a two-run double in the third frame to lead Crestview to a 3-2 win over Fort Walton Beach in Friday’s District 1-7A opener at Daniel D. Bohannon Field.

"It feels awesome," said Sullivan, who went 2 for 4 with three RBIs. "It was a team effort tonight and I just love my team."

Asked if he was surprised Rathke made the same mistake, Sullivan responded, "Real Surprised."

So was Crestview head coach Tim Gillis.

"He's an aggressive hitter," Gillis, whose team is 4-3 overall, said. "He got a couple of pitches to hit and took advantage of it. He's been like that all year."

Picking up the win for Crestview was Matt Gillis, who kept Fort Walton Beach (2-3, 0-1) off balance the entire night. The senior left-hander struck out six and allowed two runs – zero earned – on seven hits and a pair of walks. But he needed help from Colter Hancock to close out the win.



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