LIVE OAK — It’s no secret that the formula for success for the Suwannee baseball team is pitching.
The Bulldogs pitched another gem on Friday as crafty left-hander Drew Law and hard-throwing righty Bo Bonds led SHS past Lincoln.
Law shook off a first-inning home run and allowed just two hits in five innings and Bonds struck out four in two innings to guide the Bulldogs to a 3-1 win. The win completed the season sweep as Suwannee won for the third time against the Class 8A Trojans of Tallahassee.
“To beat a team three times is always tough to do. There’s a lot of things that can happen in baseball,” said Suwannee coach Justin Bruce. “It’s a good win for our team.
“Drew has got a really good mindset. He comes at hitters, he competes. Just having that competitive edge, it helps him. Bo came in and threw really well and had a big hit.”
Suwannee scored the game-winning runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. With runners on second and third and the score even at 1-1, Marquis Jones hit a routine groundball to second base, but a bad throw allowed Wyatt Morrill and Trett Wadford to score and give the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead.
Bonds, who homered to dead center in the first inning, earned the win on the mound and improved his record to 6-1 this season.
Although the Bulldogs only notched two hits — Bonds’ blast and a double from Wadford — Bruce was pleased with the all-around performance from his team. SHS did not make an error and scratched out a few runs against a strong Lincoln squad.
“We made all the plays, which is a big thing after we struggled defensively a couple games before this,” Bruce said. “We preached it all year, we’re going to try and put pressure on other teams."
Justin Bragdon homered for the Trojans’ only run of the game. Lincoln (14-8) starter Nick Ferrera pitched the entire way and gave up just one earned run.
Suwannee improved to 16-7 and will play three more regular-season games before next week’s district tournament. The Bulldogs host Chiles tonight at 6 p.m.