NAMPA - A day after splitting the opening two games of the Nampa Tournament, the Gilbert Auto Legion baseball team took charge against its next pair of opponents, sweeping Meridian and Kuna 2-1, 8-5 to advance to the third and fourth place game today at 2 p.m.
After putting 10 runs up in its last game Friday, the Chargers found themselves in a bit of a cold spell against the pitching of Meridian, collecting just four hits.
"We faced pretty mediocre pitching in Game 1 and I was surprised it ended up being a pitcher's duel," Gilbert Auto coach Travis Zander said. "After the game we talked about taking advantage of that. Against that kind of pitching you have to jump all over it early."
Gilbert Auto took that to heart in the opening inning against the Kuna Diamondbacks, but after a flurry of scoring netted the Chargers six runs, they put it on cruise control until the sixth, according to Zander.
Pitching was the saving grace for the Chargers in Game 1 with Dillon Wallace allowing no runs through five innings and striking out six in a game that came down to the final inning.
In the second game, it was the relief work of Sean Van Pelt that protected a solid outing from Tanner Livesay. After Livesay went four allowing just one run before getting in trouble in the fifth, Van Pelt came on and closed the game, striking out the side in the seventh to slam the door on the Diamondbacks.
In their final game, the Chargers will play either Wood River or Upper Valley for third place at 2 p.m.