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Class 5A Regional Semifinal: Suwannee 3, Bolles 1
Dominant Dogs

Bonds, small ball lead Suwannee past Bolles

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Josh Wharton, left, and Ronnie Layton celebrate after Wharton scored during Suwannee's three-run sixth inning.

JACKSONVILLE — Bo Bonds pitched a complete game three-hitter with seven strikeouts to lead the Suwannee High baseball team past Bolles 3-1 on Saturday in a regional semifinal.

Bonds was dominating on the mound once again and the SHS offense used some small ball in the sixth inning to plate three runs. 

Bonds

Bo Bonds pitched Suwannee past Bolles.

“They beat us three times during the year. Wasn’t going to happen a fourth,” Bonds said. “We came out with the right mindset, playing hard. We played like we should.”

After Bolles took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on a Hunter Barco home run, Bonds did not allow a hit the rest of the way. He struck out six of the last seven hitters he faced.

Suwannee got all of its runs in the sixth inning with the help of two Bolles errors, both on bunts. Trett Wadford had a big hit in the inning, an RBI single with the infield drawn in to make the score 2-1. 

Wadford, Josh Wharton and Wyatt Morrill scored for SHS.

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Suwannee celebrates after the last out.

“This group is special,” said Suwannee coach Justin Bruce. “The one thing I wanted for them was to have a shot. It was the hardest route we had to take and we were able to get it done.”

Marquis Jones had two hits while Ronnie Layton and Dalton Croft had one hit apiece.

Suwannee will host Walton on Wednesday with a trip to the Final Four on the line.

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Mike Jones is a sports writer for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press in North Florida.