The 2013 high school baseball season ended Tuesday night for two of the Big Bend’s best teams, Madison County and Wakulla.
Madison took national powerhouse Pensacola Catholic to the limit in the Region 1-4A semifinals before falling, 8-5, while Wakulla fell in the Region 1-5A semifinals at Gulf Breeze, 3-2.
Wakulla (19-7) scored both of its runs in the first inning — one on an RBI single by Jay Estes and another on an error — but finished with just seven hits. Gulf Breeze starter Gray Dorsey pitched a complete game and seemed to get stronger as the night wore on; he struck out nine batters, including the final three in the seventh inning.
“I definitely felt better as the game went on,” Dorsey said. “My adrenaline was pumping more. The team was hyped up. The fans were hyped up. Everything just felt awesome.”
Madison, meanwhile, opened a four-run lead before watching Catholic storm back to earn the win and improve its record to 27-0.
The Crusaders are ranked No. 1 nationally in the USA Today Super 25 and showed why against the Cowboys.
After Madison roughed up Catholic starter Cooper Jones in the second inning, the Crusaders turned things over to reliever Avery Geyer, and Geyer kept the Cowboys in check while his teammates mounted a rally.
Geyer allowed just one hit, a solo home run by D.J. McKnight in the fifth.
Geyer struck out eight batters the final five innings, including the final batter to retire the Cowboys in order in the seventh to end the game.