In the bottom of the seventh inning, Walton's Michael Albinger came to the plate with one out and the bases loaded and fired a single down the first-base line to score Caleb Bohan from third to give the Raiders (2-0) the walk-off victory.
Earlier in the day, Creekview (2-2) topped Woodland 7-1, giving coach Mike Nayman several different opportunities to see how his players react to different circumstances.
"We put ourselves in some good game situations over these past four games," said Nayman, whose team has dropped two one-run games. "It's stuff we can't simulate in practice over the summer. I want to see how these young guys compete, and I want them to perform well, win or lose. I'm looking for us to learn and get in situations where they can show me something, and that's what I'm seeing."
With Creekview trailing 3-2, Sean Cheshire led off the top of the seventh inning with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Eric Degen's groundout moved Cheshire to third and Steven Whitaker hit an RBI sacrifice fly to left field to plate Cheshire for the tying run.
But a one-out error in the bottom of the inning allowed Bohan to reach first for Walton. Back-to-back walks to Tommy Lutz and Matthew Rooks loaded the bases, setting up Albinger's game-winning single.
Both teams scored in the first inning with Creekview taking the first advantage, 2-0, before Walton responded in its half of the frame with three runs on three hits and an error to take the 3-2 lead.
The two pitchers, Creekview's Austin Brantley and Walton's Taylor Langhorne, settled down the rest of the way and neither team scored again until the seventh.
"Walton answered us in the first, but both pitchers really found a groove in those middle innings," Nayman said. "Both of them worked out of a couple of jams, and that helps guys to build confidence."
Creekview got on the board after Zack Murphy was hit by a pitch with two outs and stole second in the first inning. Following a walk to Tyler Martin, both players advanced a base on a wild pitch. Murphy then scored as Tyler Childers reached base on an error and Austin Kent's single drove home Martin for the 2-0 advantage.
Albinger's one-out single in the first scored Tommy Lutz for Walton's first run of the game. Garrison Johnson singled home Albinger with two outs and Tyler Hurst also scored on the play because of a throwing error, giving the Raiders the 3-2 lead which held unti the seventh.
Kent batted 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Cheshire was 1-for-1 with a run scored. Will Garner also had a hit.
Brantley allowed four runs - two earned - on seven hits in seven innings. He also walked three batters and struck out three.
"I could have taken Brantley out in the seventh inning, but I wanted to see how he'd handle the pressure," Nayman said. "He hadn't gone over his pitch count, and he said he wanted to finish that game. This was a learning experience. These guys need these types of situations to become better players."