GALLATIN Gallatin High senior James Rockwell has been the starting pitcher against Station Camp at least once in all four seasons of his prep career.
“I know a good handful of them,” Rockwell said of the Bison. “I’ve grown up with them. I’ve played with them my whole life.”
Rockwell was hoping for a different result on Tuesday evening.
“Every start, when I came out, we were winning,” Rockwell said. “I begged my coach (Mark Wilson) to stay in (on Tuesday).”
Rockwell did just that, picking up the complete-game victory as the Green Wave captured a 7-3 victory at Station Camp.
“We get more intense (against Station Camp),” Rockwell said. “The whole day is intense. Everybody is more excited. It’s been three years I’ve pitched against them. Finally, we got it done.”
Rockwell tossed a five-hitter, allowing three earned runs on five hits. The right-hander walked six hitters and struck out seven, throwing 126 pitches.
“James is a competitor,” Wilson said. “He’s my Tuesday starting pitcher. He’s going to face district competition every Tuesday. He’s going to see the best teams and the best bats, so he’s going to get hit some.
“His competitiveness got him through the game tonight. He did have some shaky instances (early on), but his competitiveness got him through it.”
Bison junior Thomas Zazzaro scored on a first-inning wild pitch, and senior A.J. Weed and junior Dylan Pottorff had run-scoring hits in the third to build a 3-1 lead.
Gallatin (9-3 overall, 1-2 in District 9-AAA) tied the contest thanks to fourth-inning sacrifice flies by juniors Austin McWhirter and Noah Huddleston.
Then, the Wave took the lead with a four-run fifth. Rockwell’s two-run single drove in freshman Brady Harris and junior Andy Denning, and junior Bailey Russell also had a run-scoring single.
Station Camp (10-4, 1-2) finished with five hits.
“I don’t think we made adjustments at the plate,” Bison head coach Korey Heppeard said.
Reach Craig Harris at email@example.com or at 615-575-7138. Follow him on Twitter @HarrisGNESports.
Gallatin 100 240 0 – 7 7 0
Station Camp 102 000 0 – 3 5 2
James Rockwell and Bailey Russell; Lucas Gross, Blake Gay (5) and Dylan Pottorff, Camden Tammen (6). WP – Rockwell. LP – Gross. Records: Gallatin 9-3 overall, 1-2 in District 9-AAA; Station Camp 10-4, 1-2.