Red Devils claim state 1A baseball crown over Indians

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Fort Myers Williston won its third state baseball title in the last six seasons on Thursday, downing Levy County rival Chiefland, 4-2 in the FHSAA Class 1A championship game in Fort Myers.

The Red Devils made it a true team effort to get the job done. In the top of the second inning, Ethan Davis drew a bases loaded walk and Ryan Braddock added a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 Williston.

Chiefland rallied in the bottom of the third, getting RBI singles from Aidan Horne and Keegan McLelland to tie the game, 2-2. However, on the tying hit, Williston's Mikey Rey also threw out the potential go-ahead run at the plate. The Red Devils got out of the inning without any further damage.

Then in the fifth inning, Jake Elder produced the go-ahead run with a well-placed sacrifice bunt that made it 3-2 Williston. The Red Devils added an insurance run in the seventh.

Cade Welborn closed the door on the Indians in the bottom of the seventh inning and Williston secured the championship, winning the game with four total hits. Williston ends the season 21-9 overall, including three wins over Chiefland. The Indians close their season 14-11.