The Gillespie High School baseball team (8-4) had a successful Easter break winning all three games in the Beardstown Tournament over the weekend and bringing home a first-place finish on Saturday before Staunton snapped the team’s winning streak on Monday afternoon.
Gillespie pitched and hit their way past Routt Catholic, Beardstown and Pleasant Plains on Friday and Saturday in the Beardstown Tournament extending their winning streak to five games. The winning streak ended to a walk-off on Monday afternoon in Staunton when the Bulldogs put a damper on the team’s momentum. The Miners have three away games scheduled this week – Tuesday in Litchfield, Friday in Jerseyville and Saturday in North Greene.
The Miners took game one of the Beardstown Tournament against Routt Catholic Friday evening (6-4) after building a 6-0 lead as Dylan Roberts led Gillespie through six innings of play from the pitcher’s rubber. Roberts took the win as he struck out two, gave up three hits and surrendered two runs. Routt Catholic mounted a comeback scoring four runs, but Tate Wargo came in to close out the effort earning a save in the process.
Daniel Dobrino, Nick Jarman, Joey Carter, and Rylee Bernot each collected multiple hits for the Miners in the victory.
The second game of the tournament was against host Beardstown who Gillespie already defeated in the Riverton tournament. The Miners again downed Beardstown – this time in a five-inning short game (10-0). Wargo tossed four innings for Gillespie giving up only one hit and getting the win. Adam Boeck came in to close for Gillespie.
Gillespie collected ten hits. Boeck, Jarman, and Bernot each collected two hits to lead the Miners from the batter’s box and Wargo tore up the base paths with three stolen bases.
The victory against Beardstown placed Gillespie in the championship game against Pleasant Plains. Despite being outhit 7-4, the Miners took home first place with a 4-3 victory after a three-run sixth inning. Bernot carried the team on offense after manufacturing all three runs in the sixth inning with his base clearing triple. Trevor Fredericks earned the win on the mound after pitching all seven innings striking out three, walking none and surrendering three runs. Joey Carter also recorded two hits on offense.
Gillespie’s five-game winning streak came to a halt Monday afternoon in Staunton when the Miners and Bulldogs went into extra innings and Staunton prevailed 5-4. Staunton jumped out in front with a two-run second inning and extended their lead to 3-0 after the third. The Miners scored one run in the fourth cutting the deficit to 1-3, but the Bulldogs answered with another run of their own in the bottom of the fourth making the score 1-4. The Miners tied the game 4-4 in the sixth inning with a three-run inning driven by Jarman’s double and Bernot’s triple.
The game remained 4-4 until the bottom of the 10th inning when Gillespie committed two errors and Staunton was able to cross the game-winning run on a bunt sacrifice.