Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Baseball: Gaither's grand finale beats Wiregrass Ranch

TAMPA — In 30 years as Gaither's baseball coach, Frank Permuy had never experienced the thrill of winning a game with a walk-off grand slam.

In Permuy's final year at the helm, it's only fitting that Cowboys slugger Randy Oliva changed that on Friday night against Class 7A, District 8 rival Wiregrass Ranch.

With his team down two and two outs in the seventh inning, the senior delivered the winning slam off reliever James Coviello to give Gaither a 9-7 win over the Bulls and force a four-way tie atop the district standings.

"I've been saying the whole year that we haven't quit," said Permuy, who announced last April he would retire at the end of this season.

"That was something special. That was definitely special."

Wiregrass (14-5, 5-3) led 7-4 in the seventh after Austin Drury scored on a wild pitch and Alex Fernandez's RBI double to leftfield.

But the Cowboys (13-5, 5-3) didn't back down. With one out, Ronal Perdomo singled home Daniel Martin to pull within two. Then, after Tyler Tyson walked and Jose Cadenas struck out, Oliva knew it was up to him to complete the comeback.

"We just kept on fighting and we never gave up," said Oliva, 3-for-4 with two home runs and six RBIs.

The Bulls led 3-0 in the third thanks to Michael Campoamor's three-run homer. But the Cowboys (13-5, 5-3) answered in the bottom of the frame against ace Zach Drury with a two-run shot to left by Oliva.

After the Bulls added two runs in the fifth on a bases-loaded walk to Ryan Girard and a solo homer by Logan Place, Gaither's Chris Minor hit a two-RBI single in the sixth to cut the deficit to one.

Baseball: Gaither's grand finale beats Wiregrass Ranch 04/04/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 4, 2014 11:29pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays at Twins, 2:10 p.m. Saturday, Minneapolis

    The Heater

    Today: at Twins

    2:10, Target Field, Minneapolis

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun, 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

  2. State baseball: Unbeaten Calvary Christian makes it 29 straight wins, reaches final

    Baseballpreps

    FORT MYERS — Calvary Christian is one game from season-long perfection. And its first state championship.

     Calvary Christian players celebrate their win after the FHSAA class 4A semi-final against American Heritage on Friday May 26, 2017 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. Calvary defeated American Heritage 7 to 1. Calvary takes on Pensacola Catholic in the championship tomorrow night, at Hammond Stadium.
  3. USF eliminated by UCF in AAC baseball; Florida, FSU, Miami win

    Colleges

    CLEARWATER — Roughly 16 hours after a ninth-inning collapse against East Carolina in the American Athletic Conference's double-elimination baseball tournament, USF returned to Spectrum Field presumably set for a reboot.

    It simply got booted instead.

    ’NOLES win: Tyler Holton gets a hug from Drew Carlton after his strong eight innings help Florida State beat Louisville.
  4. Rays journal: Rookie Daniel Robertson takes pride in sparkling defense

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — Rookie INF Daniel Robertson has earned raves for his defensive play at both second base and shortstop, making a highlight play almost every game he starts, including one in the fifth inning Friday.

    Robertson
  5. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Friday's Rays-Twins game

    The Heater

    RF Steven Souza is always, shall we say, entertaining. In the second, he made an impressive running, leaping catch. In the seventh, he made either the worst dive for a ball a good 15 feet away or was trying for the best deke. In the eighth, he hit a massive homer.