“They certainly made out night difficult,” said Creekview coach Mike Nayman. “That is why they are the best team in the state.”
The Red Elephants won Game 1 10-0 in five innings. With five runs in the first, one run in the fourth and four in the fifth, Gainesville made quick work of the Grizzlies. Gainesville’s Michael Gettys tamed the Grizzlie bats and allowed just two hits — but to Chandler Wold — and struck out three in five innings.
Creekview looked better in Game 2, but a fourth-inning error was still costly.
With one out and a runner on first, the Red Elephants hit into what should have been a double-play to end the inning. However, the ball was misplayed and the inning extended. The next batter, Luke Maddox, made Creekview play with an RBI ground ball.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom half of the frame, Creekview had a good opportunity to at least tie it up. Steven Whitaker singled to lead off the inning and Wold followed with a double. However, with runners on second and third with no outs, Creekview failed to push a runner across the plate. Wold was picked off second and twins Avery and Austin Smith struck out back-to-back to end the inning.
Wold finished the day 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles.
“That was really our best chance,” said Nayman. “We could have taken the lead, but that was really the turning point of the game.”
Gainesville came back with another run in the fifth and tacked on the final run in the seventh.
Starting pitcher Ben Carraway did his part to keep Creekview in Game 2. He pitched six innings, allowed two runs, one of which was unearned, and struck out five.
“He picked a great game,” said Nayman. “He really did give us a chance to win it.”
Jonathan Gettys — younger brother of Michael — earned the win in Game 2. He struck out 10 and allowed just four hits in seven innings.
Nayman said the brothers were some of the best pitching that his team has scene. He said the Grizzlies made contact, but just weren’t putting the ball in play.
“We battled,” said Nayman. “We hit a couple of rockets out there, but just couldn’t get enough done. We played a really good team (Thursday) night. They really took us out of the first game early. The first game they really put it on us good, but in the second game, we certainly had our chances. It just didn’t work out.”