Prep baseball: Gaither falls in region semifinal
BRADENTON - As bloop hit after bloop hit dropped to the feet of Gaither High outfielders in the second inning Saturday, Cowboys coach Frank Permuy could only drop his head. "There's nothing you can do," he said. Bradenton Manatee had four bloop singles and a home run in the nine-run inning, and the Hurricanes won, 13-3 by the 10-run rule in the sixth inning of the Class 5A-Region 3 semifinal. The game was postponed from Friday night after rain drenched the field at G.T. Bray Park.Gaither (16-9) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a solo home run by Jose Gonzalez. Manatee starter Scott Kelly pitched a complete game, allowing four hits. Cowboys starter Alex Milne lasted just 12/3 innings. "The ball just kept dropping in front of us," Permuy said. "We scouted this team and we had our guys positioned right. The wind was blowing out so we had to respect their power a bit. But 3 or 4 feet either way was the difference in the ballgame."