The feeling of spring in the air can only mean one thing - it's time for some baseball. The Gilmer Bobcats hosted Gordon Central in the season opener Tuesday.
Gilmer is a young team. They worked five pitchers into the game. This gave first year pitching coach Drew Owens a chance to see a couple of his guys throw in a varsity game.
Mayson Carver opened the season on the mound. He made it through the first inning without giving up any runs but he struggled in the second inning. Carver gave up a run and after loading the bases with no outs coach Plouffe brought in Dakota Welch. Welch would work out of the inning but not without giving up another three runs.
Going into the bottom of the second down four runs the Bobcats would respond with three runs. Garrett Rigdon drove in the first Bobcat run of the season with a single. With runners on second and third and two outs Dalton Stephens hit a single to add two more runs.
Gordon Central added another run in the third (5-3) and the Bobcats added two runs in the fourth. Welch pitched three innings only giving up one run and leaving the game tied 5-5.
Garrett Rigdon came in to pitch the fifth inning. Rigdon faced four batters and gave up no runs. The Bobcats added four runs in the fifth (9-5) . Only working one inning Rigdon would go in the book as the winning pitcher.
The Bobcats would get their first defensive 1,2,3 inning in the sixth. Tucker Plouffe took the mound and struck out the side. Bobcats would add another run in the sixth (10-5) . Chad Watkins finished the game pitching the seventh. The Bobcats would win 10-5 over Gordon central.
Bobcats had four throwing errors. The Bobcats faced weak pitching from Gordon Central.
Coach Plouffe was able to work on stealing bases, hit and run and sacrifice bunting. Plouffe told the team the mistakes would be the difference in a close game.