Vikings shut down Bulldogs

Crestview softball

Fort Walton Beach's Jennifer Bazylak, right, is safe at second base from a missed tag by Crestview's Kayla Kelch on Thursday.

NICK TOMECEK/Daily News
Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 23:22 PM.

FORT WALTON BEACH — Rachel Dehlinger celebrated her 18th birthday in style Thursday.

Dehlinger, a senior pitcher for Fort Walton Beach, threw a three-hit shutout and struck out 11 batters to lead Fort Walton Beach to a 6-0 win over Crestview in District 2-6A softball.

"She (Dehlinger) turned 18 today and she threw a great game," Viking coach Gary Drouin said. "She was very good.

"She got ahead of the hitters early and mixed her pitches well. We just kept making outs, outs."

Dehlinger got all the help she needed from the Viking offense in the bottom of the first inning when Shannon Lord connected for a long 3-run homer that came with Jennifer Bazylak and Brandee Reyna on base.

"That really helped," Drouin said of Lord's homer. "She kept in our system of looking for a fastball and having a good swing on it and good things happen."

The Vikings (6-2, 3-1) added another run in the third. Bazylak struck out but reached first on a passed ball and throwing error by Bulldog catcher Kelsie Dardon. She then stole second and took third and scored on wild pitches by Crestview pitcher Taylor Rolison.



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