LEXINGTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Geoffrey Gilbert has won a lot of games for Bishop England over the last 6 years with his work on the mound. On Saturday, his work in the batters box helped bring the Bishops their 3rd straight state championship.
BE battled back from down 3-1 in the 6th inning to beat Crescent 4-3 for the 3-A state title at Lexington County Ballpark on Saturday afternoon.
Down to their last 6 outs on the season, Gilbert came to the plate with runners at 1st and 2nd and put one down the line in right field, good enough to score one run and cut the deficit down to 3-2. A Tigers balk later in the inning would tie the score going into the 7th.
From there Gilbert, who came on in relief on the mound in the 5th inning, would strike out 2 batters to give Bishop England a chance to win the championship in the bottom of the inning.
B-E would load the bases and with 2 outs Gilbert came back to the plate. After working the count full, the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of South Carolina, took ball four and sprinted around first and into center field as the winning run crossed home, and his teammates chased Gilbert into centerfield to celebrate.
Junior Adam Salmorin got the start on the mound for the Battling Bishops and pitched 5.1 innings giving up 3 runs but did enough to keep them in the game in the early goings.
Crescent would jump on top early with an RBI basehit in the 1st and another in the 3rd to go up 2-0.
Chris Dengler would get the Bishops on the board in the bottom of the 3rd beating out an infield single that allowed a run to score to make it 2-1.
Crescent would add their final run in the top of the 6th before Bishop England began making their comeback.