Catcher Garrett Gilbert delivered big-time for the Central baseball team on Tuesday.
Gilbert blasted a two-run, opposite field home run in the top of the fifth and another opposite-field shot in the sixth that put the Falcons ahead for good in an 8-7 Southern Lakes Conference win at Waterford.
“Garrett is a special player, and oftentimes all the things he does for this team — behind the plate, as a leader and captain of this team and in the middle of our order — probably get taken for granted a little bit,” Central coach Jake Morman said.
“He is exactly the person I want up when we need a big hit with the game on the line.”
Josh Leslie (3-for-4) hit his first career homer in the first for Central (2-2 overall, 1-1 SLC), and Sam Le Febve and Trent Jones each drove in a run.
Jones got the win in relief of starter Austin Glidden.
Bradford 9, Pittsford Mendon (N.Y.) 2
Bradford gave coach Matt LaBuda a nice present on his birthday during its spring trip to Florida
The Red Devils played a strong all-around game to defeat Pittsford Mendon at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.
Bradford (4-2) got at least one hit from six different players and played error-free defense.
The Red Devils scored three runs in the top of the first and three in the sixth.
“We played an outstanding game with timely hitting, solid defense and great pitching,” LaBuda said.
“... Even more impressive is that we had five sophomores, two juniors and three seniors in the starting lineup.”
Shawnee (N.J.) 4, Indian Trail 2
The Hawks battled to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh but ultimately fell in extra innings at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.
Down 2-1 in the seventh, Adam Cairo led off with a walk, went to second on a throwing error, moved to third on a Kyle Antos groundout and scored on Ryan Hoerter’s sacrifice fly to right.
But Shawnee scored two runs in the top of the eighth on a hit down the left-field line that rolled into the corner and got stuck on what Indian Trail coach Mike Schmidt called “a freak play.”
“Unfortunately, it should never have come to that as we had our chances earlier in the game but couldn’t capitalize,” said Schmidt, whose team was 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
“I was very proud of our performance and look forward to building on this.”
Griffin Klein went 2-for-4 for the Hawks (1-1), while Max Bruff doubled and Antos tripled.
Indian Trail plays this morning against Rancocas (N.J.).
Elkhorn 13, Wilmot 8
The visiting Panthers committed six errors in a sloppy SLC loss.
Tanner Peterson went 2-for-4 with a triple, a run and three RBI for Wilmot (2-2, 1-2 SLC), while A.J. Frisby and Evan Henry each had two hits and an RBI.
Elkhorn made four errors of its own, but Wilmot stranded 12 runners.
Martin Luther 6, Shoreland Lutheran 5
The visiting Spartans scored one run each in the fifth and seventh innings to erase a 5-4 Shoreland lead and prevail in the Metro Classic Conference game.
Ethan Woller (3-for-4) and Ben Roekle (2-for-2, two RBI, run) led the Pacers’ eight-hit attack. Jordan Keckhaver and Cameron Nahf each tallied a hit and two walks.
Keckhaver took the loss for Shoreland (2-2 overall and MCC) after allowing seven hits and six runs (two earned) in 61/3 innings with no walks and four strikeouts.
Lake Country Lutheran 10, Christian Life 0
Lake Country Lutheran no-hit the visiting Eagles and put the 10-run rule into effect by scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth of the Midwest Classic Conference contest.
Burlington Catholic Central 7, St. Joseph 6
The Hilltoppers scored five runs in the top of the sixth, and the Lancers’ four-run seventh was just short in a Metro Classic defeat at Simmons Field.
Thomas Hamm drove in a pair of runs for St. Joseph with a single.
Mike Johnson and Jeremy Reeves