Region 1-5A baseball: Rutherford wins, sets up semifinal rematch with Mosley

Published: Friday, May 2, 2014 at 02:24 PM.

SAND HILLS — It was a win, of sorts, merely to play a baseball game on Thursday.

Rutherford made it a win-win situation.

The Rams advanced to the Region 1-5A semifinals with a 3-1 triumph over Suwannee in a game moved to Bozeman because of unplayable conditions at Rutherford’s swamped complex.

Upon advancing, the Rams, 23-4, will host Mosley on Tuesday in a region semifinal that will be among the most highly anticipated high school baseball games ever played in Bay County.

Mosley eliminated Wakulla on Thursday in Crawfordville to earn its way into the showdown, which will be the fourth game this season between the state-ranked rivals.

Despite only one senior on its roster and throwing freshman left-hander Chase Hatfield, Suwannee, 15-10, was competitive throughout as Rutherford won for the 18th time in its past 20 games.

The Rams made Hatfield pay for walking Jacquez Koonce and TY Reese to open Rutherford’s first inning, as both eventually scored. But when the Bulldogs scored an unearned run off Nick Nelson to halve the lead in the third, it was a struggle thereafter.

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