TRINITY — Trailing 5-2 after the third inning Friday, Land O'Lakes poured on the offense to beat Mitchell 10-7.
"We've been waiting all year for this," Gators coach Calvin Baisley said. "I know that we can hit, and tonight we finally got it going. And it was big because we came back against a good team."
With their leadoff man in a bit of a slump (2-for-5, a strikeout and a walk), the Gators had to rely on their No. 2 hitter, Alex Estes. He went 4-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs.
He drove in the tying run in the fourth inning and the go-ahead run in the sixth.
"It's finally starting to come together," Estes said. "I took a decent batting practice and I felt confident coming into today's game. I just wound up swinging at strikes."
The Gators outhit the Mustangs 16-11.
"Our kids battled," Baisley said. "We were down 5-2 to a good team and they battled, they came back and they swung the bats. That is the best we have hit the ball all year."
The bats were not the only thing working in Land O'Lakes' favor; three Gators runs were a result of a passed ball. Of the four passed balls, two came during the fourth inning and two during the sixth.
The Mustangs tried to claw their way back late. They scored once in the sixth inning then started the bottom of the seventh with a home run by Conner Hale.
"They were trying," Baisley said. "I've got to give those kids credit, they were swinging the bat. They were not making it easy."