High School Sports

May 14, 2013

ACF's Gillespie comes up big again

The Falcons sophomore star rips a game-winning, two-run double in the sixth inning as defending champion A.C. Flora beats Eastside for the Class 3A Upper State baseball title.

Donald Gillespie continues to deliver in the clutch for the defending Class 3A state champion A.C. Flora baseball team.

The Falcons sophomore star belted a walk-off, three-run home run to stake Flora to a 6-5 win over Travelers Rest in the Upper State tournament semifinals last week, and delivered a game-winning two-run double to center field Monday in the bottom of the sixth inning of ACF’s 4-3 championship game triumph over Eastside at Falcon Field.

The verdict sends the top-ranked Falcons (24-6) on to the best-of-three state championship series for the sixth time under coach Andy Hallett since 2001. Flora hosts Airport in the first game of an all-Midlands set on Thursday.

Gillespie was the Falcons headliner, but Jake Lewis scored three runs and Madison Stokes had a 4-for-4 game with one run and one RBI.

Hallett employed four pitchers to close out the US tourney and avoid the need for a second game. Banks Cromer started and went four innings. Mills Carlton, Austin Beskid and Matt Wallace all worked one inning of scoreless relief. Beskid got the win, Wallace the save.

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