Bulldogs pound Tate 10-1 to earn playoff spot

Crestview baseball

Hunter Sullivan delivers a two-run homer for Crestview in the third inning Tuesday as the Bulldogs beat Tate 10-1 in the semifinals of the District 1-7A baseball tournament.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 04:26 AM.

NICEVILLE — Crestview High School’s baseball team stood tall Tuesday in the District 1-7A tournament semifinal game against Tate.

Matt Gillis threw a one-hitter and Bulldog batters connected for 12 hits and three home runs as Crestview cruised to a 10-1 over the Aggies to advance to the playoffs for the third time in the last four seasons.

The Bulldogs (14-12) will play Niceville for the district championship at 7 p.m. Thursday.

“The kids have been working hard all year and they are resilient and they keep battling,” Bulldog Coach Tim Gillis said. “I’m just so proud of them. What a big win for us.

“This is the game we shoot for 365 days a year because it’s the one that gets you to the playoffs and these kids know how to respond to this situation. I’m excited for these kids. They’ve battled all year and sometimes it hasn’t been great, but they’ve always tried.”

Matt Gillis, Tim’s son, was sharp from the outside retiring the Aggies in order in the first inning. It was a theme that continued throughout the game as he tossed the gem striking out three Tate batters on the way to his seventh win of the year.

“We had big intentions on winning this game,” Matt Gillis said. “It was do or die. This team beat us twice so we had a little chip on our shoulder so we came out with some fire.

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