It was a sweet farewell game for the Bradwell Institute senior baseball players Tuesday afternoon.
Senior Chris Gillmore got his final chance to pitch a game, and Caleb Wells, DaBrent Nobles and Quonte Haggray took to the field to help the Tigers earn an 8-4 win against Windsor Forest at home.
The Tigers put up 10 hits and made only three errors to take the Region 3-AAAAA win.
However, the Tigers’ 6-8 region mark will keep the BI boys out of the playoffs this season. The Tigers’ 10-0 non-region loss Wednesday to Camden County in Kingsland ended their season with a 9-17 record.
Bradwell coach Rhett Hellgren said he was thrilled Wells on Tuesday managed to hit a single and a double in his final home game. Gillmore had a run-scoring hit as well.
Rounding out the offense, Chris Nunn and Sage Sammons each had a hit and an RBI, Demetrius Jefferson had two hits and two RBIs, and Kyle Lannum had two hits.
The Tigers turned the game around in the bottom of the fifth inning. Trailing 1-0, Wells and Jefferson used their at-bats to start the scoring rally, which closed the inning with BI on top, 5-1. The Tigers added two runs in the fourth and another in the sixth. The Knights started a short-lived comeback in the top of the final inning, during which they scored three runs, but the Bradwell pitchers and defense closed the game.
Gillmore pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up one hit, one run and four walks while getting seven strikeouts. Bell pitched 1 2/3 innings, getting four strikeouts and giving up three runs. Ryan Desbiens closed the game, throwing the last 12 pitches, walking one and striking out one.
“It was a nice day for the seniors to play,” Hellgren said. “I wish all the seniors … the best of luck in whatever they choose to do in the future.”