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Gilbert baseball rolling after slow start

Posted by on March 15, 2013 – 12:14 pm

In three of the Gilbert baseball team’s first four games, it scored three runs or fewer, and all resulted in losses. For a lineup which features three Division I-bound stars in the middle of the order, it seemed to be an anomaly.

And it sure was.

The Tigers have won 10 straight games since that slow start as they capped an undefeated showing at the Mesquite/Gilbert Invitational with an 11-1 win over Mountain View on Thursday. Gilbert has scored 10 or more runs in six of its past nine games, getting big-time production from Dustin Peterson (ASU commit), Josh Moore (Utah) and Jack Zoellner (New Mexico).

Peterson is batting .618 this season with three homers, four triples, seven doubles and 21 RBIs.  He has an on-base percentage of .659 and a slugging percentage of 1.324 for an OPS of 1.983. There is a long way to go, but those are Player of the Year-type numbers.

Josh Moore is hitting .472 with seven home runs and 22 RBIs in 36 at-bats. Zoellner is batting .500 with three home runs, 16 RBIs and 18 runs scored.

Gilbert knew its hitting would eventually come around, but the pitching has been a pleasant surprise. The Tigers are allowing only 2.86 runs per game and their starting rotation has been a strength.

Tanner Herdt is 3-0 with a 0.58 ERA and a 20:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 24 1/3 innings pitched. Kevin Gonzalez is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a 17:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 18 2/3 innings pitched. Alex Goodman is 2-0 with a 1.40 ERA in 15 innings pitched.

If Gilbert continues to pitch this well, it will have as good of a chance as anyone to win the Division I championship.

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