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Williston beats Union County in district baseball final

BY DAN HILDEBRAN

Monitor Editor

Williston pitcher Trent Johnson struck out 11 and doubled in the game winning run in leading Williston to a 3-0 win over Union County in the District 7, Class 1A championship.

The 6’4”, 180 pound Santa Fe College signee allowed three hits and no walks.

Union County threatened to score in the fourth inning when Cole Kite reached first by beating out a throw from third base.  Garrett Hersey then singled, advancing Kite to second with no outs.

Johnson then struck out Chris Starling and Williston catcher Haden Cano picked off Hersey at first.  Corey Hersey then grounded out to short stop to end the inning.

Austin Langworthy led off the Williston seventh with a double to the gap between left and center fields.  Cano then singled, advancing Langworthy to second.  Johnson then doubled to right-center field, driving in both runners.

Williston scored an additional run in the sixth inning after Union County Coach Brian Tomlinson replaced starting pitcher Jordan Bryant with Ty Cook.

With the bases loaded, Johnson grounded to third base.  The Tigers got the first out with a force play at home but catcher Corey Hersey’s throw to first got away from first baseman Austin Green, allowing Williston’s Noah Faircloth to score from second.

After the game, Tomlinson credited Johnson’s pitching performance, as well as his offensive production.

“He’s got a bright future ahead of him,” Tomlinson said of Johnson.  “He’s going to college for a reason.”

Both teams advance to the Class 1A regional semifinals.  Williston will host Wildwood.  Union County travels to Pierson to take on Taylor High School.

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