It was the final game at Gainesville’s historic Locke Field Saturday, but by the final out Bridgeport was making history of their own.
The Bulls clinched a share of the District 9-3A title with a 7-0 win over the Leopards.
Bridgeport coach Ted Leps was unsure how long its been since the school had won a district crown.
“Every year since I’ve been at Bridgeport our goal is to win 20 games, and this is the fourth year in a row that we’ve been able to do that,” Leps said. “The ultimate goal is to win a district championship.
“We don’t even know the last time Bridgeport has won a district championship. It hasn’t happened since Coach [Danny] Henson has been here, and that spans 20 years.”
With the victory, Bridgeport will take on Sanger Thursday at Denton High School. The winner will be the top seed out of District 9-3A. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Bulls got things going with timely hitting in the second inning. After two were out, Erik Delgadillo singled to start the rally. Jake Hulsey was hit by a pitch, and Alex Samples loaded the bases with a walk.
A wild pitch scored Delgadillo. Then Dalton Hudson made the Leopards pay with a sharp single, making the score 3-0.
“We had a couple of kids that had been struggling at the plate, and it’s good to see them come through in that situation,” Leps said. “Getting hits at those times is important as we head into the playoffs.”
Three runs would be all starter Reese Read needed. He shut down the Gainesville lineup only allowing two hits while striking out nine. The Leopards’ only threat came in the second, but Tag Sparks got nailed at the plate after a Dillon Schroeder single.
“Reece did a nice job of keeping the ball down in the zone and keeping them off balance,” Leps said. “Some of the guys in the top of their lineup can hit, and he did a good job of pitching to those guys.”
Bridgeport scratched out another run in the fourth on a wild pitch. They led 4-0 heading to the sixth.
Read helped his own cause with an RBI triple in the frame and later scored on another wild pitch.
Leading 6-0 in the seventh, the Bulls picked up one last run after two straight hits from Samples and Hudson.
Hudson led the offense with three hits and two RBI’s.
Read and Damian Delgado each finished with two hits.