Glisson’s pounded out six hits for six runs in the top of the first inning against Publix as they evened up the season series with a 10-6 win.
With the win, Glisson’s improved to 3-2 for the year and Publix fell to 4-2 as the battle for second place tightens up in Dixie Boys (ages 13-14) baseball.
“It’s always a close game when we play,” said Glisson Coach Ed Crouch. “We made a few errors that made the game a little bit closer and a little bit more interesting.
“We also took a few extra chances on the bases that didn’t work out for us.”
The first six batters and seven of the first eight batters reached base by hit or error to start the game for Glisson’s.
Gabe Gomez started off the hit parade with a single into right field, followed by a double by Seth Cannady, also into right field to put runners on second and third.
Josh Crouch drove in both Gomez and Cannady with a single up the middle to make it 2-0.
Kyle Helms reached on an error to put runners on first and second. Glisson’s attempted a double steal which resulted in a bad throw from the catcher that went into centerfield and allowed both Crouch and Helms to score.
Edwin Ayala followed that with a double into right field and scored when Clint Patrick singled.
Grayson Caldwell capped off the scoring with a one-out double down the left-field line to drive in Patrick as Glisson’s finished the top of the first holding a 6-0 lead.
“You can’t give good teams more than three outs in an inning,” said Publix Coach Andrew Bible. “We had a few plays that we should have made that first inning, then it just compounded.”
Publix scored once in the bottom of the first when Jay Bible doubled with two outs. That was followed by a routine ground ball to second base by Luis Lugo. An errant throw from the second baseman to first allowed Lugo to be safe and Bible race home to make it 6-1.
Brendan Doty came in to pitch for Publix in the second inning and held Glisson’s scoreless over the next two innings.
Glisson’s was able to get to Doty in the fourth inning when Cannady and Crouch led off the inning with walks. Helms singled into right field to drive both Cannady and Crouch, but was thrown out at second trying for a double.
After four innings, Glisson’s held an 8-1 lead as their starting pitcher, Seth Cannady, after giving up an unearned run in the first inning shutdown the Publix batters the next three innings. Over the four innings pitched, Cannady gave up three hits and struck out four.
In the sixth inning, Glisson’s loaded the bases with no outs to start the inning. Publix pitcher Trey Bond was able to get out of the inning unscathed when Crouch was caught in a rundown between third and home for the first out.
Bond then struck out the next batter and got the third out on a ground ball to third base to keep the score at 8-1.
The Publix offense came to life in the bottom of the sixth as Jay Bible led off with a single and a one-out walk to Trevor Thomas put runners on first and third. Trey Bond followed that with a home run over the right-center field fence for three runs to trim their deficit 8-4.
Not to be outdone, Glisson’s roared back with the long ball in the top of the seventh inning. With two outs, Gomez singled and Cannady followed with a blast over the center field fence for a 10-4 lead.
Publix started the bottom of the seventh strong as Doty singled and Everett Hurst walked. Both scored when Bible hit a fly ball into field that bounced out of the fielder’s glove to make it 10-6.
“It’s all about focus, they come out here and start having a good time and lose focus,” said Coach Ed Crouch. “That’s what happened to us before, we get a lead and lose focus and make some errors. With the younger and less experienced kids, it is harder for them to keep that focus.”
Josh Crouch, pitching the seventh inning for Glisson’s, put the brakes on the Publix offense by striking out the next three batters to preserve the 10-6 win for Glisson’s.
Both coaches noted that they still have to make adjustments as they start the second half of the season and start preparing for the league tournament.
Publix will face first place Pool Paradise on Thursday night in Sebring on Buzz Field, while Glisson travels to Lake Placid to play Bevis Construction at Lake June on Thursday.