GORE- The District final was tied through four and half innings, before the Gore Pirates opened it up to a 14-6 blowout.
Ben Kirkpatrick opened on the hill for the Pirates with a bit of a shaky start. Isaiah Terrell got on thru an error then Maddux Shelby singled moving Terrell to third a Brayden Robinson grounder scored Terrell and the Warriors were on the board.
The Pirates half of the inning started with a Jackson Duke single off Webbers’ starter Stryker Chappell. He got eliminated on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Hunter McGee.
The pitcher Kirkpatrick followed with a single and a pass ball scored McGee to tie the score at 1 after an inning.
A scoreless Warriors second was followed by a 2-run home inning by Gore. Blane Barnes was hit by a pitch and advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch and to 3rd on a passed ball. Two pitches later another passed ball scored Barnes and put Lane Ward on first with a walk.
Tyler Lane reached on an overthrow error that scored Ward to give the Pirates a 3-1 lead after two innings.
The Warriors would come back in the third with an Isaiah Terrell lead-off single. Terrell stole second and was brought around on a Shelby single to bring the game within one run.
Shelby advanced on a passed ball and later scored on an RBI sacrifice fly by Robinson to tie the score at three.
The back-and-forth continued in the bottom of the inning when Gabe Dozier scored on a Terrell error in left to put Gore back up by one.
Webbers Falls came right back in the 4th. Denver Morgan opened with a double and later scored on Gunnar Cary single to once again tie the score at four.
The Pirates opened their half of the inning with singles by Lane and Duke. Aided by a Shelby error Gore would go on to score 2 runs to bring the score to 6-4.
Shelby opened the Webber 5th by getting hit by a pitch and the next batter, Robinson, notched a 2-run dinger over the left field fence to tie the score once again.
Not to be outdone, Gunnar Dozier opened the Pirate fifth with a homer of his own to deep center and this is where the game would get away from Webbers Falls.
The Pirates went on to notch three more runs in the fifth and another four in the sixth to put the game away 14-6 and capture the district title in a game that was much closer than the final score.