Gautier (previously 1-1), coming off of an emotional walkoff win at home on Thursday night against Resurrection, took the long bus trip to Foley (previously 0-2), for the first baseball Saturday of the season. How would the Gators respond coming off of the first victory of the year? Lethargic, to put it kindly, would suffice.
Game One saw Gautier fall behind early, unable to come back in a 10-2 loss to Foley on Saturday. Kameron Kincaid, Kaden Irving, Dalyn McDonald, and Cameron Gainer all had one hit each, but in a day where everything seemed to go against the Gators, the runs just never added up. After the loading the bases in the top of the first, Gautier could only muster one run. It was all downhill from that point.
Gatlin Hines led things off on the hill for Foley. He surrendered just two runs on four hits over seven innings, striking out five Gators, while Irving started the game for Gautier. He went just two innings, allowing four runs on only three hits, but his defense surrendered six errors. He finished by striking out three and walking one. Foley would go on to collect 11 hits, all of which fell gently and conveniently just out of reach of the Gator defenders.
Daniel Colon saw his first action of the year on the bump, throwing three innings and striking out four, but the damage had already been done. Justin Thomas also entered the game in relief, throwing only one inning.
Game Two was more of the same. A single by Dalyn McDonald in the first inning was one of the lone positives for Gautier to start the game, but that would be all. Meanwhile, Trevor Wilkerson led things off on the mound for Foley, allowing the one hit and zero runs over four innings, striking out one and walking one.
Gautier Senior Hunter Webb toed the rubber for his first start of the season. He lasted four innings, allowed eight hits and ten runs (only two earned) while striking out two. Christopher Browder, Eddie Patterson, and Romman Duplesis each collected multiple hits for the Lions, which once again seemed to be just over or under the outstretched gloves of Gator defenders.
Foley was also sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error, while Gautier once again was not, committing four errors in just four innings, as Foley run ruled the Gators 10-0.
Gautier will now look to rebound with arch rival Pascagoula set to invade The Swamp tonight (2/25) at 5 (JV) and 7 (Varsity). Defending 4A State Champion Vancleave also looms behind the Panthers on Tuesday (2/26) with a back-to-back homestand. As always, these games will be pending the weather and field condition. Make sure to stay up to date by following Gautier Baseball at @GautierBSB & @PGSD_Athletics (Twitter), GautierBSB (Facebook & Instagram).