Hurricanes hammer Williston in baseball
Published: Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 11:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 11:53 p.m.
Gainesville baseball coach Adam Souilliard had seen enough following a recent 10-0 loss to Columbia.
His team was 6-6 and going nowhere fast. It was time, he figured, to shake things up and give a little speech.
“We basically split the season into two seasons,” Souilliard said.
“And I told them, the first season was over.”
The Hurricanes haven’t lost since.
Thursday’s 16-4 five-inning rout over Williston was GHS’ fifth-straight win and might have been its most impressive
during that streak. The Hurricanes (11-6) not only pounded out 16 hits, but once again got a solid performance from starting pitcher Jake Reimer.
“We’re playing 100 percent better than before,” said GHS right fielder Tyler Griffin, who led the ’Canes’ offensive assault with three hits and four RBIs. “We really came together and started playing more as a team.”
Against a Williston (11-6) team known for its pitching, GHS scored one in the first, six in the second, four in the third and five in the fourth. In their second time at bat, the ’Canes at one point produced seven straight hits.
All but three GHS hits were singles.
Centerfielder Dylan Zeenberg, who also had three hits, doubled twice. Designated hitter Matt Dearden was 2-for-3 and drove in three.
“I think that was our best hitting game all season,” Griffin said.
Reimer’s mound effort was the perfect complement.
The right-hander, who improved to 4-1, allowed six hits and four runs while striking out five. His only real mistake was a pitch Williston’s Andrew Poupard belted over the left-field wall in the third.
“He missed his spot there,” Souilliard said. “Other than that pitch, he threw a great game.”