Gatesville High is playoff bound. The Hornets used a quick start and a late stand to upset No. 13 China Spring 7-6 here Friday night, punching the club's ticket to the postseason with still one game remaining in the regular season. Playing in front of a large crowd of onlookers on Big Sting night, GHS jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the first four innings. In the first, Peyton Bates (1-4) singled, then scored on a Zach Mueller (1-3, 1 RBI) double to the right-center gap. Jared Butler (2-3, 1 RBI) then ripped a two-bagger to score Mueller for a quick 2-0 start. China Spring got one run back in the top-half of the second, but Gatesville responded with a four-run third, doing all of its damage with two outs in the inning and making the most of four singles and three Cougar errors. Butler and Ryan Stovall (1-4) had hits, then Billy Latham (1-3, 1 RBI) and Chase Mundkowsky (1-2) drove in runs with back-to-back safeties. The Hornets plated a pair of base runners thanks to two CS mistakes to go ahead 6-1. GHS upped its lead to 7-1 in the fourth, as Mueller reached after being hit by a pitch and scored four pitches later when Butler's grounder was misplayed. China Spring rallied in the late stages, scoring three runs in the fifth and tacking on single tallies in the sixth and seventh. Colton Robello and Stovall worked the hill for GHS, scattering 10 hits, five walks and striking out four batters. Gatesville will close out the regular season Tuesday at 3rd-ranked Robinson (JV at 4:30, Varsity at 7 p.m.). Going into the final night, the Hornets share third place with Lorena (ends at La Vega) with identical 6-5 records. BASEBALL NOTES: GHS clinched the program's third playoff berth in the last four seasons...The postseason will begin May 6.
Baseball - Mon, Apr. 24, 2017