Even after going 20-3 during the regular season, Reuben Eargle still had no idea how good his Gilbert softball team was.
Sure, the Indians entered the Class 2A District 3 playoffs as a No. 1 seed, but that honor was tempered by the fact that winning the Region 3 championship was not necessarily a noteworthy achievement. The conference, after all, was arguably the top-to-bottom weakest competitively in the entire classification.
But Gilbert has no reason to wonder anymore. The Indians, after all, are one of just eight teams left in Class 2A. Eargle’s team completed a three-game roll to the program’s fourth district championship since 2000 by downing visiting Woodruff 6-5 on Wednesday.
Gilbert opens the Upper State tournament at home tonight at 7 p.m. against District 4 champion Central.
The Indians got off to a fast start vs. the Wolverines by scoring three runs in the first inning. Jenna Williams led off the inning with a double, and Savannah Anderson reached base on an error. After dangerous Victoria Burkett was retired, Kathryn Cochcroft and Kelli Shealy smacked back-to-back doubles. Cochcroft’s scored Williams with the first run, while Shealy’s two-bagger drove in Anderson and Cochcroft.
Cochcroft singled and scored on Caitlyn Sheppard’s single in the third and had an RB and scored what proved to be the game-winning run in the fifth on Sheppard’s sacrifice fly.
Lyndie Dorgan allowed six hits and three earned runs to get the win in the circle.