FORT WALTON BEACH - With a roster stocked with underclassmen, growing pains be expected at times for the Fort Walton Beach High baseball program.
But that didn’t make Tuesday night’s 10-2 loss to Mosley any easier to swallow for Vikings’ head coach Jeremiah Mayville.
Mosley starter Andrew Duramo struck out nine over five innings, and the visiting Dolphins scored five runs in the first two innings to earn the District 2-6A victory.
“We just dug ourselves too big of a hole,” said Mayville, whose team is now 2-2 on the season and 0-1 in district play. “That’s a good team, and you can’t give a team like that opportunities. We just made too many mistakes early.”
The Vikings committed an error in each of the first two innings, as Mosley scored a pair in the first and three more in the second to build the 5-0 lead. FWB starter Nick Rathke, a sophomore, gave up two hits and walked five in an inning-and-a-third to take the loss.
For Mosley, Duramo was strong throughout, yielding just one hit while walking five in five innings to earn the victory.
In relief, FWB’s Nick Boswell pitched three-and-a-third innings with a pair of strikeouts, while Frazier Schulz pitched two-and-one-third, striking out one while yielding just two hits.
Offensively, the Vikings scored a run in the third inning and one more in the seventh, both off the bat of senior Cody Kilpatrick, who had two of FWB’s four hits. In the third, Kilpatrick rapped a single to right field to score Chase Outzen, who had reached base on a fielder’s choice. In the seventh, Kilpatrick doubled off the wall in right field to plate Andrew LeCicero, giving Kilpatrick two hits and a pair of RBIs.
“Our one senior starter did step up tonight and got two big hits,” said Mayville. “And we had a good outing from our two pitchers in relief. We just can’t dig a hole that big.”
Mosley was led offensively by two hits and two RBIs each from Zach Rhodes and Chase Qumode.
Casey Wehrahn doubled and Boswell singled to round out FWB’s hitting.
Both teams will next face Choctaw, as Mosley hosts the Indians today at 6 p.m. and Fort Walton Beach travels to Choctaw Thursday night.