Bulldogs win baseball marathon

Crestview baseball

Crestview High School pitcher Matt Gillis fires to the plate in the second inning of Crestview's District 1-7A baseball game Tuesday. Gillis threw nine innings of shutout ball as the Bulldogs beat the Raiders 1-0 in 18 innings.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 06:40 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Tuesday’s District 1-7A baseball game between Navarre and Crestview turned into a baseball marathon that went 18 innings and lasted four hours and 15 minutes.

The game was a classic long before Colter Hancock singled with two out in the bottom of the 18th inning to score Matt Gillis from second base to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 win.

The players will talk about the game at team reunions and tell their grandchildren about the night they played the equivalent of a Major League doubleheader.

However, only one player will be able to say he drove in the winning run.

“I got a hanging curve ball and I sat back on it and drove it,” Hancock, a sophomore said. “It was an 18-inning game that was taking forever.

“I wasn’t about to play 18 innings and lose. I had to do something about it.”

The game was a first of the kind for Bulldog Coach Tim Gillis who has been around high school, college and professional baseball for the better part of 30 years.

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