LANCASTER – Harrison Gilmore may not have a lot of experience at the varsity level, but one would never know with the way he threw Wednesday against visiting Amanda-Clearcreek.
Gilmore was making only his second career varsity start, but the 6-foot-5, 250-pound junior, looked like a veteran as he dominated the Aces in a 11-1, six-inning nonconference victory at Beavers Field.
“He was attacking the zone and that is something that we have been preaching to our pitchers,” Lancaster coach Corey Conn said. “We want our pitchers to get ahead and stay ahead because we feel like we have to really good defense behind them.
“Harrison has been a guy that has always thrown strikes. He has some good off-speed pitches and was able to get some swings and misses with that. He was also able to pinpoint a lot of his pitches, which was good to see.”
It was Gilmore’s first varsity win. He finished with 11 strikeouts, walked one and gave up just two hits. He had at least two strikeouts in every inning expect the fifth, and he struck out the side in the third inning.
“I was able to hit the inside corner a lot with my fast ball and two-seam,” Gilmore said. “It helps pitching with all those guys behind me because our infield defense is really solid.
“Coach talks a lot about pounding the zone and getting first-pitch strikes. My inside fastball was my most important pitch. If you can throw that. you are going to be successful. My curve ball was a little spotty, but when it is on, it worked well.”
Lancaster, which is off to a 3-0 start, scored in every inning but the third. The Golden Gales finished with 10 hits.
Blake Patterson was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs, Andrew Murray went 2-for-3 and scored three runs and Gilmore helped himself out by going 2-for-3 and scoring twice. Jerry King also had two hits, including a double and scored two runs. Brandon Barnette and Adam Madison finished with two RBI each.
Lancaster scored a run in the first inning after Jerry King singled and stole second and scored on a double by Trevor Monk. The Gales made it 2-0 in the second when Murray singled, went to second on a wild pitch and eventually scored on a ground out from Madison.
Lancaster plated two more runs in the fourth to push its lead to 4-0. Murray scored on a wild pitch and Barnette’s ground out scored Gilmore, who had singled earlier in the inning.
The Gales made it 7-0 by score three times in the fifth, and added four runs in the sixth to end it.
“We are doing a good job of finishing out a games, something we struggled with last year,” Conn said. We have done that for three straight games now and it’s a nice feeling.”
The Aces (1-1) scored their lone run in the sixth when Alex Reid singled and scored on a double by Chris Conrad.