ACCS strikes out 9 batters en route to 12-0 win over Trinity
Published 12:03 am Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Adam County Christian School’s Cole Gatlin was all business Monday night as he registered seven strikeouts in three innings to push the Rebels to a 12-0 victory over Trinity Episcopal in four innings.
Gatlin allowed just one hit and gave up one walk in the win.
Jacob McDaniel closed out the final frame with two strikeouts.
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“I was really pleased with our pitching,” ACCS coach Matthew Freeman said.
Gatlin missed last season with a shoulder injury, but Freeman said he has been sharp ever since his return.
“He is one of my senior leaders,” Freeman said. “He really came back, and I challenged him. I told him that his arm was a lot stronger than he thinks it is. He has been throwing a lot of strikes so far this year, and he has a pretty good velocity to go with it.”
After Gage Dosset blasted a triple to left to start the inning, ACCS (7-5) found a rhythm in the third and scored eight runs.
Trinity allowed the Rebels to score a handful of their runs off of five Saint errors.
“That’s just something that we have to work on to clean up,” Trinity coach Graham Roberts said. “Errors will kill you out there.”
McDaniel also led the offensive efforts for ACCS with three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs. Cade Wells added three hits, one run and an RBI.
McDaniel nailed a single in all three innings. With some solid base running help from his teammates, he batted in Rhet McDonald and Cole Switzer in the second.
Cedric Green had the lone hit for the Saints (0-1) on a single in the top of the second inning.
Roberts said while this was just his team’s first game, it needs still needs to work on the fundamentals.
“We are going to get better with every rep,” he said. “It’s a work in progress, but we have to make routine plays.”
Also for ACCS, Alex McCready, Jack Whitehead, McDonald, Switzer and Gatlin all tallied a single.
Both teams play again Wednesday. The Rebels stay home to play Prairie View, and Trinity will travel to Cathedral for a matchup with the Green Wave.