High School Sports

Fullington wins state title; Westfield, Gatewood eliminated

Fullington got an early lead and made it stand for a 2-1 win Saturday over Calvary Christian for the GICAA Division I baseball championship.

The Trojans led 2-0 after 5½ innings, and the Knights broke the shutout in the bottom of the sixth but stranded runners on second and third and had two runners thrown out during the inning. Calvary Christian threatened in the bottom of the seventh but was held off.

Ty Tyndall was sharp and efficient on the mound for the Trojans in the complete-game win, with three strikeouts and three walks, forcing the Knights to strand nine runners.

Tyndall also had two of the Trojans’ three hits.

Fullington finished the season 17-8, while Calvary Christian ended at 24-7.

In GISA action, Gatewood and Westfield saw their seasons come to a close.

Westfield had a rough visit to rival Deerfield-Windsor, losing 16-6 and 14-4, while Gatewood lost 10-8 to Valwood in the third game of the series.

Westfield led the opener 6-1 after two innings but watched the Knights’ offense explode for four runs in the third and then 11 in the next three innings for a six-inning win. Cole Brannen had two of Westfield’s five hits and drove in three runs.

In the second game, the Knights took control with nine runs in the first four innings, and it was done after five innings. The Hornets were held to eight hits in the doubleheader, half from Brannen, who went 2-for-3 in the nightcap.

Gatewood led 3-0 after one, trailed 5-3 after two, but regained the lead at 7-6 through five. But Valwood’s four-run sixth was the difference. The Gators didn’t help their cause defensively with four errors, one more than Valwood.

John MicMillian, Alex Sanchez, Cooper Hall and Ross Cheshire each had two hits for Gatewood.

Gatewood won the series opener 2-1 on Sanchez’s complete game in which he gave up four hits and stranded six Valwood runners. The game-winning run came on an error on a play that also included the third out. Valwood responded with its own stellar pitching effort in a 6-0 win, with Gatewood managing just three hits while committing three errors.