Bradwell Institute did a good job holding off a big attack in Thursday’s home stand against the Gators.
It was still anyone’s game until the fifth inning. But from that point on the Gators controlled the tempo and won 12-1 in a Region 3-AAAAA matchup on Tiger field.
The BI boys made it to the top of the fifth, trailing only 1-0. Ware County’s lone run at that point was a home run.
In the fifth, the Gators hit another home run scoring two and drove in a third to close the inning up 3-0.
Tiger Chris Bell pitched the first four innings and started the fifth inning, but was relieved by Ryan Desbiens. Bell gave up five hits for four runs, three of which were earned, and had the two homers hit against him.
Desbiens closed the fifth and pitched the sixth inning. He allowed three hits for four runs and walked five batters.
Trailing 8-1 by the top of the seventh, Evan Crystal took the mound. He walked three and gave up four hits for four runs.
“Our pitchers weren’t able to throw strikes and walked guys,” Tiger coach Jeff Polk said. “And when we happened to throw a strike they hit the ball well… We just couldn’t throw the ball over the plate. You take that and then add the fact that we didn’t really hit the ball well either.”
Crystal did go 1-of-3 with 1 RBI. Stephen Felton was 2-of-3.
The Tigers are 6-9 overall and 4-4 in the region. They host Richmond Hill at 5 p.m. Tuesday for senior night.