Gunner Baker + No. 1 Carlisle Dominate in 10-0 Class A Region III Quarterfinal Baseball Victory
LONGVIEW — Gunner Baker was at it again Friday night, much to the chagrin of the Simms Bowie Pirates.
The senior right-hander pitched another gem, hurling a one-hit shutout in top-ranked Carlisle’s 10-0 Class A Region III one-game quarterfinal playoff victory at Lobo Field.
Baker struck out 17 and walked four to eclipse the 550-strikeout plateau for his career, according to Carlisle baseball coach Wesley Colley. The win pushed Carlisle’s record to 24-1 and Baker’s record to 12-0, making him 51-4 for his high school career.
“He’s outstanding. He’s been pitching good. He pitched good against McLeod last Friday,” Colley said. “(Simms Bowie) wanted one game. They knew what they were up against, I think. I’m proud of his performance.”
Carlisle plays the winner of Saturday’s Game 3 between Cushing and West Sabine, which have split the first two games of their 1A Region III quarterfinal series Thursday and Friday. Game 3 starts at 2 p.m. Saturday in Huntington.
Bowie contained Carlisle’s offense for four innings, staying within 2-0 entering the fifth inning. But the Tribe scored three five-inning runs and four sixth-inning runs to blow the game open. Carlisle added another run in the top of the seventh for the 10-run margin.
Carlisle’s Jaylan Holland was 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, while Caleb Colley was 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs, three runs scored, and two stolen bases.
Wesley Colley said Bowie left-handed starter Ryan Williams kept the Indians off balance for a few innings, but the Carlisle bats eventually got going.
“We had a lot of hits with two outs and I was really proud of our kids just sitting in their, being patient, and driving the baseball,” coach Colley said. “Just an all-around good game.”
Clay Allphin doubled twice and scored twice. Ben Goss drove in two runs, while Gunner Baker and Ty Baker had one RBI apiece. Gunner Baker scored twice. Leadoff hitter Shadow Sanders walked three times and stole three bases.
“I felt a little pressure tonight because everything rests on one game, but I knew that if we played like we’re capable it wasn’t going to make a difference,” Colley said. “I would’ve rather had a 2 out of 3. That’s what I flipped for and I lost it. It is what it is. You’ve gotta go with what you’ve got.”