By MICHAEL HELD
PRINCETON—The Princeton baseball team advanced to the championship game of the Deacon Jones Invitational Easter Tournament last Friday afternoon for the third time in three years but just couldn’t come up with the hits to match the potent Spring Creek lineup.
The Bulldogs fell to the Gators, former Carolina 1A Conference foes, 13-4.
The Gators (7-5) quickly jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the top of the second inning thanks to a Casey Whitfield RBI single and the Bulldogs’ second error over the first two innings.
The Bulldogs (3-6) responded in the bottom of the inning thanks to a pair of hits from Adam Crocker and Tyler Thompson. Crocker later scored from third on a wild pitch.
Princeton closed to within 4-3 in the bottom of the third. Nathan Ramby plated Will Gurganious with a single to right and Brady Mohiser stole home as Spring Creek catcher Christian Yarbrough attempted to throw out Ramby at second.
The Gators came back and scored five runs in the top of the fourth to gain some separation with Yarbrough’s bases-clearing triple being the biggest blow.
Yarbrough, later named the tournament MVP, later hit an inside-the-park homer to cap the scoring.
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