Senior pitcher Nic Gullo has been dominant all season and that didn’t change April 9 when he led his squad to a 3-0 home win over the Lockhart Lions.
Gullo, who has been the ace for the Tigers all year, struck out nine Lion batters and allowed only one hit over the course of five innings. Backing up Gullo was relief pitcher Nathan Koch, who recorded two strikeouts in two innings and allowed only one hit to close the contest.
Their efforts kept Lion bats at bay for the majority of the contest. Meanwhile, Tiger bats came through in critical moments to provide run support for their pitching staff.
That started in the second frame when Tiger Nico Ramirez ripped an RBI double to score Chris Tyree, which gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Dripping Springs manufactured another run in the third frame when Ryan Davenport scored on an RBI sacrifice fly from Zach Tjelmeland.
Tjelmeland brought in another run in the fifth frame via another RBI sacrifice fly.
Dripping Springs head coach Chris Payne was happy with his team’s performance in the win.
“We knew they were going to be a scrappy bunch,” Payne said. “We wanted to go 1-0 today, and we accomplished that.”
While the Tigers struggled to get any big hits against Lockhart pitching, Payne said his squad’s ability to play small ball at high level can make up for the lack of extra base hits.
“They took some really good hits away from us, but our small ball game is our bread and butter,” Payne said. “Our kids, one through nine, don’t mind bunting and selling out for the team.”
Dripping Springs hosts district-leading McCallum Thursday at 7 p.m. The Tigers close the district regular season at home against Reagan April 23.