Dalton Threatt also pitched for GMC Prep for one and a third innings before Jered Knowles came in and finished out the contest for the Bulldogs.
“Defensively, we made way too many mental mistakes; far too many mental mistakes that we haven’t made recently,” Simmons said. “The mental aspect is what hurt us the most [Monday] night.”
According to Coburn, BHS displayed one of its best days defensively as well, with Tada Harvey, senior, pitching the complete game, earning four strikeouts and only giving up three runs to the Bulldogs.
“We lost four guys off our pitching staff last year, and Tada’s one of those guys that had to step up,” Coburn said. “Our defense backed him up. He’s been very competitive and never denies wanting the ball.”
Monday’s game was the final one of the season for GMC Prep, as the Bulldogs finished off the season 6-13 with a very young squad.
“We were successful on the field because we got better each week. We’re a much better team than we were in the first game of the season,” Simmons said. “They didn’t back down and they stepped up to the challenge. I’m happy with the season.”
The GMC Prep-BHS matchup is surely to be one that will continue as long as Simmons and Coburn have anything to do with it. Both believe it’s great for the kids and the community.
“I was glad Donnie and I were able to work it out to play Baldwin again,” Simmons said. “It’s been a while since we’ve played them in baseball. It’s a good rivalry, and it’s good for the kids.”