The ball didn’t bounce Goose Creek’s way during much of the 45th annual H.I.T. tournament as the Gators dropped a pair of games following an opening round win over York.
Goose Creek dropped games to Madison 9-2, and had a comeback rally fall short, 8-7 against Hickory Grove.
In their first-round tilt with York at Bishop England on April 14 the Gators jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first and never looked back.
Cody Smith dominated from the hill, scattering six hits and not allowing an earned run while striking out 10.
Smith also helped his own cause at the plate rapping out two hits with two RBIs.
Chris Singleton and Sean Freeland also had two hits each to help lead the Gators.
In the April 16 doubleheader, the Gators couldn’t control the baseball and their bats fell silent in the pair of losses.
Against Madison, six errors and just four hits spelled Goose Creek’s downfall.
Tyler Rio received no support in the field, allowing six runs in just four innings of work, but only one of those runs was earned.
“We were in the ball game until the fifth inning but six errors later the ballgame was out of hand,” said Coach Chris Pond. “Tyler was pitching great we couldn’t make the routine play.”
Singleton, Smith, Rio and Dalton Lash tallied hits for the Gators.
Against Hickory Grove, GCHS was a victim of a six-run fourth inning in the 8-7 loss. The Gators put a pair of runs on the board in the first, third and fourth innings, but their comeback effort fell short.
“We hit the ball great but had one bad inning where a Texas leaguer fell in and the flood gates opened up for one inning and they scored six,” Pond said.
Christian Sillanpa’s solo homer in the first accounted for one of his two hits on the night. Rio also had a pair of hits and two runs scored to help lead Goose Creek.