Sports beat: Clay edges Santa Fe in No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown

Baseball on the Infield Chalk Line with the Base in the distance
Baseball on the Infield Chalk Line with the Base in the distance
Photo courtesy of David Lee: Shutterstock

It was an instant classic in Alachua on Thursday night.

In a match-up of the top two ranked high school baseball teams in Class 4A, visiting Clay (Green Cove Springs) outlasted top-ranked Santa Fe, 5-4, in 14 innings.

There were plenty of big moments late in the game.

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In the 7th inning with the score tied 3-3, center fielder Devan Mitchum threw out Clay’s Max Williams at the plate.

Santa Fe rallied down a run in the 11th inning. Mitchum’s double scored John Rechsteiner to tie the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the 11th.

However, an RBI double by Clay’s Wyatt Root drove in Sean Alvers with the winning run.

The visiting Blue Devils improved to 16-3, while the Raiders, who had their 14-game winning streak snapped, dropped to 15-2.

Santa Fe plays at 7 p.m. tonight at GHS.

Buchholz defeated visiting Leon (Tallahassee), 10-5, in a district game.

The Bobcats (13-4-1), who rallied from a 4-0 deficit, are back in action on Saturday at home against 6A No. 11 Sarasota. The first pitch is at 2 p.m.

Elsewhere, Union County moved to 17-1 with a 12-2 mercy rule win against Branford.

Braxton Dukes got the win to improve to 5-1.

Paden Clyatt had a pair of hits and Tripp Davis drove in a pair of runs for Union County, which will play at 7 p.m. on Friday at Hilliard.

(SOFTBALL) – Baldwin rallied for a 15-3 win against Union County by scoring 11 runs in the 6th inning.

Union County (10-5) will travel to Williston on Tuesday.

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