Matthew Gillis shuts down Vikings

Crestview baseball

Matthew Gillis fires a pitch against Fort Walton Beach High School during Friday’s Justin Richards Scholarship Baseball Tournament. Gillis picked up a complete game win, striking out four Viking batters.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 04:58 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Crestview High School baseball coach Tim Gillis had something extra to be happy about Thursday night.

Not only did Crestview Red beat Fort Walton Beach High School 1-0 in the Justin Richards Scholarship Tournament’s second day, but also his son, Matthew, picked up the complete game win.

The younger Gillis was impressive in keeping Viking batters off balance as he mixed his pitches and stayed in the strike zone most of the night.

Gillis finished the night with eight strikeouts to go along with four walks while allowing four Fort Walton Beach hits.

The Bulldogs scored the game's lone run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Zach DeGraaf scored from third on a Jared Gaszak sacrifice fly to center field.

DeGraaf led off the sixth with a single up the middle. He then stole second and took third as Alik Whited grounded out to third for the first out of the inning and moved into position to score on Gaszak's long out.

"I thought it was an excellent game," Tim Gillis said. "The guys battled. I thought Matthew did a super job out there.

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