Gillette's Babe Ruth Team Falls One Run Short of Championship

(Belle Fourche, SD) Last weekend in Belle Fourche, Gillette's senior Babe Ruth team advanced the semi-final round of a tournament but fell 6-5 against Buffalo. [image: 13467835_10207873116323999_1413879520_o.jpg] *Cris Botelho pitching* Cris Botelho pitched six strong innings against a very good Belle Fourche team to open the tournament. He allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, 3 walks, and 5 strike outs, helping Gillette to win 9-3. The team put together a nice game on defense turning two double plays and only had 1 error. Gillette moved on to play Billings Black Sox, and after struggling to find the strike zone in the first inning and allowing 5 runs, Dillon Naramore came in to pitch the next 5 innings. He held the eventual champion team to 3 runs over his 5 innings, but Gillette fell short, losing 8-5. [image: 13453455_10207873113203921_1443554913_o.jpg] *Ashante Moon making a play at third base* The chance for the championship was a game against Buffalo's team. It was a 1-0 defensive battle for the first three innings, with Ashante Moon having a strong outing on the mound. He had 6 strike outs over five innings with 5 hits and 2 walks. Gillette rallied for 5 runs in the 5th inning behind some great at bats by the bottom of the lineup and a 3 RBI double by Davis Tennant. [image: 13460948_10207873124684208_152153536_o.jpg] *Ryan Rosenau bunts* They took the lead 5-4 going into the final inning but couldn't hold on, losing 6-5. Gillette placed third, with Buffalo second place and Billings coming out on top. The Gillette team plays in Worland this weekend. Photos and story h/t Brent Tennant // Pitchengine Communities #county17 #news