Sullivan powers Bulldogs past Vikings

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."

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