Gators can’t put it all together in first two region games
The Goose Creek baseball team had lockdown pitching and productive offense during the opening week of region play.
Just not on the same night.
The Gators lost both games, first falling to Cane Bay 2-1 in eight innings on Friday and then losing to Wando 9-6 on Monday.
“We’re not doing the little things you’ve got to do to be successful,” GCHS coach Scott Durham said. “… That’s the difference between us being 2-0 in the region and being 0-2. We’re there. We’re close.”
The Gators led 5-3 after three innings on Monday but couldn’t hold the lead. Michael Carpin had a pair of two-run homers for the Warriors as they improved to 3-0 in region play. His blast in the fourth highlighted a three-run fourth inning and another laser over the right field fence in the seventh was the final scoring for Wando.
The Gators host West Ashley on Wednesday as they continue the region slate. Tyler Rio will get the start on the mound for Goose Creek.
The Wildcats have beaten Cane Bay and lost to Wando in the region.
“We need to get that one and get jumpstarted,” Durham said.
Cody Smith, the losing pitcher in the game, had two hits to lead the Gators’ nine-hit effort. Sean Freeland added a pair of hits.
Smith worked the first four innings, giving up six runs while throwing 110 pitches. It was an off night for the junior hurler but the Gators bats kept them in the game.
Goose Creek trailed 3-1 entering the bottom of the third but rallied to take the lead. It loaded the bases with one out and got a fielder’s choice groundout by Bryce Jonason and then a two-run triple Zach Owens and RBI double by Freeland to go up 5-3.
“Offensively, we’ve got to keep hitting the ball like we did tonight,” Durham said.
Off the field, the Gators were awarded a victory by the South Carolina High School League when Summerville forfeited a 2-0 victory over the Gators from March 11. The Green Wave dressed an ineligible player for the game and also had to forfeit a 19-3 win over Stratford.
“We lost the game on the field,” Durham said. “That kid had no bearing on the game. He dressed and didn’t even play.”
But the Gators would get the benefit of the victory should non-region record come into play for a playoff tiebreaker at the end of the season.
After West Ashley, the Gators take on Beaufort April 1 at Berkeley High School to begin play in the Hanahan Invitational Tournament on April 2.
The first game after spring break will be at rival Stratford April 8.