SEMINOLE — Almost.
It has been a popular word this year for Gibbs.
For a program that hasn't seen a win in more than two years, it's also heard too often.
And Wednesday, the Gladiators put up a fight against Dixie Hollins but fell short, losing 8-4 in the seventh-place game of the Osceola Tournament.
"A rally that just comes up short," Gibbs coach George Lehr said. "That seems to be a common theme for us."
After Dixie Hollins posted six runs in the second inning, Gibbs (0-19) scored two in the fourth and two in the fifth. The Gladiators left runners on base in those innings and again in the sixth and seventh.
The Rebels (6-12), on the other hand, took advantage of timely hits, scoring all their runs with two outs.
This gave starter Mark Danna plenty to work with.
"It was a lot easier to go after batters," said Danna (2-3), who allowed four runs, three earned, and five hits with seven strikeouts in five innings. "It allowed me to do things I wouldn't normally do if it was just a 1-0 game."
The Gladiators almost broke through for their first win. In the fourth, Donald Grimm's two-run double gave Gibbs its first runs then Mariano Everest knocked in two runs with a hard-hit single to center. Both times, though, Danna got out of trouble.
"He made it interesting but he was in control of things," Dixie Hollins coach Jeff Schellhause said. "… It gives us some momentum heading into district play.
In the fifth-place game, Largo (11-7) won 13-1 over Lakewood in a game called because of the 10-run mercy rule. Colton Haynes went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and Blake May went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. Spencer Ashworth allowed one run on five hits in six innings to earn the victory.