TAMPA — Gaither used its power and speed to cruise past Sickles in a key Class 5A, District 9 matchup Friday night.
The Cowboys hit two home runs and stole a season-high nine bases in the 10-2 rout.
“We’ve got pretty good team speed, and we wanted to make something happen and fortunately hit the ball really well,” Gaither coach Frank Permuy said.
Sickles (3-3, 2-2) took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third, which was erased in the bottom half when Cowboys first baseman Brady North hit a three-run shot to center.
“That was a clutch hit by Brady and definitely changed the complexion of the game,” Permuy said.
Gaither pinch-hitter Gil Leon put the game out of reach with a three-run shot in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Cowboys (5-2, 4-0) got four strong innings out of Alex Milne, who improved to 3-0. Will Kirby (2-1) took the loss for the Gryphons.
North finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Leadoff hitter Justin Delgado went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, and Zack Jackson stole his first four bases of the season.
“This was a big game because if we lost, we would be tied with them and it’s going to be a tough district the whole season,” Permuy said.
Justin Dargahi, Times correspondent