Wednesday, March 12, 2014
A two-out, three-run rally in their last at-bat propelled Goose Creek to a 4-3 win over Berkeley in the final round of the Gator Post 166 Pre-season Tournament Saturday.
Trailing 3-1 and down to their last out, the Gators rallied for three runs to pull out the win on a game-winning single by Chris Singleton.
Because of the rain-shortened tournament schedule there was no champion crowned in this year’s Post 166 event.
With two outs in the seventh and Berkeley leading 3-1, reliever Jeffrey Stone hit Cody Jones with a pitch to start the rally. Zach Owens followed with a single to left to move Jones to second.
Christian Sillanpa tied the game at 3-3 with a bases clearing double to right-center. Sillanpa scored on Singleton’s game-winning base hit.
The Stags had loaded the bases with one out in the top of the seventh but could not plate a run. BHS tallied all three of its runs courtesy of a three-run second inning, and tried to make it stand behind the five-hit pitching of starter Joe Glauser.
Connor Teague started the big inning for Berkeley off starter Tyler Rio, with a high-drive double off the left field fence that missed being a homerun by inches. Kyle Morrison followed with a two-bagger to center that one-hopped the fence to score Teague with the game’s first run.
Chase Ganey’s single plated Morrison to make the score 2-0, his first of two hits. Ganey scored on a throwing error after an infield single by Eric Orton.
With the win, the Gators salvage their only official game of the rain-shortened tournament. “The rain washed out everything,” said GCHS Coach Chris Pond. “We only were able to play three innings on Monday night before the rain came.”
Ganey’s two hits paced the Stags’ six-hit attack while Singleton and Sean Freeland each tallied a pair of hits to lead the Gators.
Stone threw two-and-two-thirds innings of relief to absorb the loss.
The Stags drop to 2-1 for the tournament with the loss. Berkeley downed Timberland 3-0 and Airport 7-1 before rain washed out the rest of the tournament.
The Stags and Wolves were set to begin the regular season schedule on Tuesday at THS, the first of a home-and-home series.