BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport led 2-0 after three innings, despite not getting a hit off St. Martin pitcher Jacob Gilliland. Three errors proved costly.
Gilliland had a no-hitter through 6 and 1/3 innings when C.J. Keckler stepped up to the plate and launched a solo shot sailing 325 feet over the left field wall.
That was the first-ever home run hit by a high school baseball player at MGM Park.
"It feels really awesome, "stated Keckler. "I've been waiting on it all year. It finally came in one of the biggest games, the biggest parks. So, I'm really excited."
Gulfport (9-3) added two more hits and a run and led 4 to 1. Ethan Saucier singled keeping the Admirals threat going. Kevin Carter followed with a solid hit into left center field. Larazzo Shuggart galloped home. Gilliland would toss a strike out to end the innings. He's only a sophomore and displays a lot of potential. College scouts will be keeping an eye on the young man. "I just ran out gas, but that's not an excuse, "stated Gilliland. "I've still got to work hard."
St. Martin (4-11) rallied in the bottom of the seventh with two runs. Ethan Saucier singled keeping the Admirals threat going. Kevin Carter followed with a solid hit into left center field. Larazzo Shuggart galloped home. Gilliland would toss a strike out to end the innings.
The Admirals would end the rally. Pitcher Gage Clark posted the victory, his second of the season against one loss.
Gulfport had a little time to rest before the Admirals and Ocean Springs completed Thursday's game at MGM Park that was postponed by rain. The Greyhounds led 9-1 in the bottom of the third with Gulfport batting.
Ocean Springs would post a 12-2 victory giving the Greyhounds a 9-4 record. The Admirals dropped to 9 and 4.
MGM Park the home of the Biloxi Shuckers has also become the home of high school baseball giving these young men a golden opportunity to play in a minor league baseball park.