Taylor County upends Florida High baseball in district semifinals

Taylor County upends Florida High baseball in district semifinals


Taylor County upends Florida High baseball in district semifinals


There was no margin for error for either team in Tuesday’s District 2-4A baseball semifinal between Taylor County and Florida High. The season was over for the loser.

And it was Taylor County that prevailed, eliminating Florida High, 8-6. The Bulldogs advance to Thursday’s final against host Godby, which nipped Madison County, 4-3, in Tuesday’s second game.

It didn’t look good for the Bulldogs in the first inning after starter Chance Rodgers surrendered a two-run home run to Dennis Ratliff.

However, Taylor County answered in the bottom of the inning, matching the Seminoles’ two runs.

Wyatt Russell, who went 2-for-3 with a single, a double and a RBI, added a steal of home and helped shift the momentum in favor of the Bulldogs.

“It was great to come out here and get this win,” Taylor County coach Reggie Wentworth said.

“Especially with the youth we have on the field.

“It’s a great learning experience for those guys to play against (Florida High) coach (John) Hollenbeck and his program and get the win.”

The Seminoles rallied with patience at the plate.

Dennis Ratliff, who hit the two-run shot in the first, added another RBI on a hard hit single to the gap. Jay Robinson and Isaiah Hill added RBI singles.

Any time Florida High rallied, Taylor County answered.

Trevor Hathcock was 3-for-3 with a trio of singles and an RBI. Cameron Collins added a pair of RBIs.

“While we are young,” Wentworth said, “we can definitely hit the ball. We just have to clean up some of the errors we made as we get ready for our next game.

“If we get out there, clean up those mistakes and swing the bats like we know we can, we should be all right.”

Taylor County proved to be relentless at the plate, tallying runs in five of the six innings.

And as the Bulldogs prepare for the district championship against the Cougars, they hope to keep the same mindset.


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