Alex Davidson remained undefeated on the hill by tossing a five-hit shutout on Monday to lead Gilbert to an 8-0 win over Emerald, sending the Class 2A defending state champion Indians on to Wednesday’s District II baseball finals at Chesnee.
Davidson struck out six and walked one while upping his record to 8-0 and lowering his ERA to 1.54.
The Gilbert attack produced eight hits and took advantage of seven Emerald errors. Adam Spires was the hitting star, going 3-for-2 with two runs, two doubles and two RBIs. Christopher Owings finished 0-for-2, but reached base four times (two walks, two hit by pitch) and scored three runs.
The Indians (18-6) get another crack at Chesnee up in Spartanburg County. The Eagles blanked the heavy-hitting Tribe 3-0 in a second-round game on Saturday behind the brilliant pitching of left-hander Brandon Henderson, who fanned 12, walked one and allowed four harmless singles.
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Chances are Gilbert will face Henderson again.
Chesnee needs one win to advance to the Upper State championship tournament and allow long-time coach Dean Jones to celebrate the 700th win in his distinguished victory.