It was cold, overcast and windy, and more like football weather at Gilman on Wednesday afternoon when the Greyhounds opened their 2011 baseball season with a 10-1 win over Boys Latin in a non-conference game between neighborhood rivals.
Gilman Coach Larry Sheets used four pitchers in the blustery conditions, and his son, freshman Gavin picked up the win, throwing two innings of shutout ball in relief.
“He came in and threw well,” said coach and dad, Larry Sheets. “It’s exciting. I’m happy for him, and happy for the team.”
Lefty Ryan Ripken started on the mound for the Greyhounds, and he held the Lakers scoreless in two innings of work as well. Ripken reached base four times at the plate for the Greyhounds. Ripken drew two walks, had a single and a double and he scored three runs.
Four Gilman hurlers held the Lakers to three hits.
Boys’ Latin scored its only run in the top the fifth to pull within 3-1 at that point, but Gilman responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning and ice things with a five-run sixth.
Matt Collins, John Durham and Seve Llanio all drove in a pair of runs for Gilman, the defending MIAA A conference champs.
Gilman 10, Boys’ Latin 1
BL 000 010 0 – 1 3 2
G 300 025 x – 10 9 2
BL-Gillespie, Bopst (4), Amos (5), Lauman (6) and Zerofsky
G-Ripken, Sheets (3), Dunbar (5), Stevens (7) and Simmons, Durham (5)