Gaither’s Three-Run Third Enough To Beat Hillsborough In 7A-8
The 7A-8 Championship game pitted the Hillsborough Terriers against the host Gaither Cowboys Thursday night. Each team scored all their runs in the third inning, but it was the Cowboys who plated three and held on to win 3-1 to win the district championship.
After falling behind by one, the Cowboys offense quickly responded in the bottom half of the inning. AJ Drisdom scored the first run of the game after he led the inning off with a base hit and then stole second. The Cowboys took the lead during the next at bat on an RBI single from Jose Cadenas that scored Ricardo Gonzalez. Cadenas came around to score the third run of the game two batters later on a wild pitch.
The Terriers (17-6) started the scoring in the third on an RBI single from Jared Garcia that scored Antonio Jenkins from third. However, the Terriers’ bats were no match for Cowboys starter Gavin Gillespie, who shut them down the rest of the night.
Gillespie went the distance for the Cowboys (14-9), who continued their dominance of 7A-8. Gillespie threw 80 pitches, allowing just one unearned run on five hits and three walks. He struck out five batters.
Rodnie Bernard came in to pitch the final three innings for the Terriers and pitched well, allowing no runs on one hit, while striking out four. However, the three runs was all the Cowboys needed as Gillespie allowed just two hits in the final three innings and the Cowboys held on to win the district championship.