Gaither keeps its head up, pulls away from Hillsborough
|Gaither senior righty Roy Peguero came in to stop a Hillsborough rally and ended up earning the win on the mound as the Cowboys pulled away in a district win on the road.|
TAMPA – Gaither looked like it was poised to wrap things up early Thursday night jumping out to a six-run lead in the fourth, but Hillsborough made it a bit of a challenge tying the game and forcing the Cowboys to dig deep.
Gaither (9-4, 5-0 in 7A-8) stretched out to the big lead in the third with three runs highlighted by a Willie Jackson double, and furthered the spread with four runs in the next frame with RBI singles from Carlos Chicon and CJ Hanson.
But the Terriers came storming back in the home fourth with six runs on four hits, led by a two-run single from Dwayne House, and run producing hits by Juan Jaime-Nunez and Carlos Romero.
Here is the two run single by Hillsborough’s Dwayne House in B4 to cut lead to 7-3. pic.twitter.com/WZ5DFUzm0V— 813Preps (@813Preps) April 5, 2019
The Hillsborough (4-9, 1-4 in 7A-8) rally though came to a screeching halt though as Cowboys’ sophomore catcher Jacob Choe fired a ball down to third base to catch a Terriers runner trying to steal third. A costly mistake with a pair of runners aboard.
“I took advantage of their mistake,” Choe said. “I practice that throw every day, so it just came naturally to me.”
“It’s nice to have the ball - that responsibility - in your hands. I trust every one of my teammates, but sometimes it’s nice when you get to have control.”
Hmmm. Bad decision there. But Gaither C Jacob Choe up to the challenge. Ends the 4th with a hose to third to catch a runner. pic.twitter.com/HYGYQBdY0v— 813Preps (@813Preps) April 5, 2019
From there it was a new ballgame and Gaither’s big righty Roy Peguero, who was called on to stem the tide in the ugly fourth, worked two more shutout innings on the hill. The 6-foot-7 senior struck out four in 2 2/3 innings of work and is now 3-1 on the season.
“We started off jumping out, but things started to slow down for us a little in the fourth,” Chicon said. “But our boys are real good at staying in the game, keeping our heads up and that’s how we did this tonight.”
Gaither salted away the win the next inning adding two more as Sebastian Greico and Frank Perez (3-for-3, three runs scored) each singled and scored in the sixth.
|Terriers senior Terence Doston scored twice in the loss.|
Ben Vazquez worked around a two-out walk to finishing things on the mound for the Cowboys striking out a pair in his inning of work.
Terence Doston scored a pair of runs for the Terriers in defeat and junior Ian Gunderson allowed one walk, but struck out two in his lone inning on the mound.