Navarre earns key split with Niceville in baseball

Navarre’s baseball team barely missed on sweeping Niceville last week.

Thursday, Navarre grinded out a 5-4 win. On Friday, it was a sixth-inning, come-from-behind rally that nearly ended in victory.  The Raiders fell 8-7.

Both teams are now 3-1 in district play. Navarre’s overall record is 8-8.

Kaleb Hellard ended up winning the game Thursday with his foot, as well as his arm.

Navarre scored five runs in six innings in Thursday’s game before the Eagles rallied in the seventh.

Clinging to a 5-4 advantage with runners on the corners and two outs, Hellard’s arm made the pitch, but his left foot stopped the hit from finding a way through the defense. The pitcher scooped up the ball, and his toss to Eric Anderson beat the runner.

That was the ballgame. It was another complete game for the senior righthander.

“I tell you, obviously, our biggest goal is a district championship,” Navarre head coach Jon Boddy said. “It (the win) puts us in great position for seeding in the playoffs.”

The Raiders had a big fifth inning, pushing four runs across.

The score was knotted at 1-1 when Branson Ackman touched off the rally with a hit. It was first and second with nobody out after Cameron Thomas was hit in the back by a pitch.

Read the full article in the April 18 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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