Baseball: Gators clinch playoff berth
The Gators went into Sunday with a chance to make postseason after splitting the first two games of the season with Grays Harbor, a feat they have not accomplished since 2009.
With Centralia losing twice to Pierce on Saturday, the door was wide open for the Gators. They controlled their own destiny and needed one win in the two games against Grays Harbor.
In game one, the Gators sent out their sophomore workhorse Josh Broom to the mound to lead them to victory. Broom turned in his best outing of the year by going the distance allowing just five hits and striking out seven. Jacob Schaefer and Thomas Richards each went 2 for 4 while Josh Broom, Quinn Burcham, Alex Poltz, Erik Van Tuyl, and Matt Seeley all joined in on the action with a hit a piece. Four runs would be plenty enough for Broom as the Gators cruised to a 4-1 victory to clinch fourth place and a spot in the postseason.
Key contributors for the weekend included: Josh Broom who, aside from his complete game victory on the mound, collected four hits at the plate, Matt Seeley who pitched six and two-thirds innings in game four collecting a win and going 4 for 12 with a double and an RBI, Thomas Richards who hit his first home run of the season in game two of the series, and Demetri Shears who went 5 for 13 with two doubles and five runs.
The Gators will compete in the Walla Walla Super Regional next weekend for a chance to go to the NWAC Championship Tournament.