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SHS seniors played a big role in a 20-5 win on Friday.

LIVE OAK — Suwannee put an exclamation mark on the regular season with a 20-5 win against Bradford on Friday for Senior Night. 

The Bulldogs’ eight seniors — Bo Bonds, Wyatt Morrill, Trett Wadford, Ronnie Layton, Dalton Croft, Owen McLeod, Kolby Pickles and Josh Wharton — combined for 10 hits and 15 RBIs. Croft went 3-3 with six RBIs and highlighted Suwannee’s 10-run second inning with a grand slam. He put a charge into a fastball and sent it over the wall in right field for his first career home run.   

Bonds went 3-3 with two RBIs for the Bulldogs, who closed the game out after three innings by run rule.   

“All the way up and down the lineup, we had some big hits,” said SHS coach Justin Bruce. “This group of seniors all have something to bring to the team. Every night we rely on these seniors. I’ve had three years with them. It’s been a good group and a fun group.”

Wadford had a two-RBI double, Pickles notched a triple and scored three runs, and McLeod walked three times and scored two runs. Layton went 1-2 and scored four runs.

Wharton ended the game with a two-RBI single in the third inning to give Suwannee a walk-off win by the run rule. 

“It’s good to see our bats get going, getting some confidence before Tuesday’s game with Baker,” said Bruce.

Suwannee (18-8), which has won four of its last five games, will face Baker County on Tuesday with a spot in the district championship and the state tournament on the line. The game will be played at BCHS.

This marks the fourth straight year that the Bulldogs and the Wildcats are meeting in a district semifinal.        

“You know you’re going to be in a fight with them every game,” Bruce said of playing Baker County. “We’re going to have to beat them on their field.

“There’s going to be a lot of time and a lot of energy into preparing for that game. Somebody’s going to go home losing, and a lot of stuff you’ve done for the season is going to rely on big moments in that game.”

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