G-Force finishes season with win over Eagles
In a game that kept players, coaches and spectators sweating until the end, Goreville’s G-Force 12-U baseball team held off the Vienna Eagles 9-7 to claim the Southern Illinois Baseball and Softball Association championship title Saturday at Rent One Park in Marion.
With temperatures remaining above 100-degrees at game time, the team had to keep its cool with in-field plays and strong at bats to hold off the Eagles.
G-Force finishes the season with a 22-1 record and coach Kenny Childers said the game Saturday required every player on the team working together.
“Each boy did their job and did it well, just as they have all season,” said Childers in an email to the Gazette Tuesday. “This is their second year together as a team and they just get better and better. They never cease to amaze me.”
Pitcher Tanner Dunn started the game off and provided four strong innings with Peyton Geyman coming in to finish the seven inning game, said Childers. He said the game was close as the Eagles put three points on the board in the second to their two from the first, but it was in the fourth inning they regained the lead and held it until the end.
“Vienna is a very good team. Well coached,” said Childers. “They played hard and the win was not certain until the third out in the bottom of the seventh inning.”
G-Force was granted a bye in the first round of tournament play a week back and then beat the Anna Indians to advance to the championship game. Childers said the coaches were more nervous than the players as the team was excited for its second title game of the season and handled the game well.