William Bunch pitched a one-hit shutout and went 2-for-3 with an RBI double to lead the Crystal River Buccaneers to a 3-0 victory over Sebring in the first round of the Dixie League Pre-Majors (15-16) state tournament at Holmes County High.
Bunch, who struck out nine, helped Crystal River break a scoreless tie in the fifth inning, doubling home Ryan Starkey to cap a two-run rally.
Kevin Lanier scored the first run from second base after a pickoff throw sailed into the outfield.
Crystal River added another run in the sixth when Bunch scored on a double steal.
Zac Cole will take the mound when Crystal River takes on the winner of late Saturday's game between host Bonifay and Milton at 6 p.m. today.
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