Tyler Weekley threw a two-hitter in a battle of pitching aces as James Island topped Gilbert, 4-1, Friday night to win the Class AAA District 6 baseball championship.
Weekley, who will pitch for Charleston Southern next spring, bested Gilbert ace Drew Moyer, a righty who signed with Clemson.
“Tyler Weekley has been phenomenal the last three weeks,” James Island coach Tom Hatley said. “He’s been pretty much unhittable. Tyler Weekley has led the team.”
The Trojans (17-10) won the title the hard way. Gilbert won the first game of the day, 2-1, to force a second game Friday during the double-elimination tournament.
The Trojans will host Brookland-Cayce on Monday night in the first game of the Lower State championship tournament.
“Everything is gravy from here on out,” Hatley said. “They have exceeded every one of my expectations.”
In Game 2, James Island’s Christian Dorothy led off the game by getting hit by a pitch. Patrick Finkelstein followed with a sacrifice bunt and was safe at first on an error to put runners on first and second. Weekley loaded the bases with a bunt single, and the Trojans finally got one out of the infield when Cody Hobbs hit a two-run single to right field.
The Trojans added a pair of runs in the top of the sixth. Hobbs singled and scored on Ty Stubbs’ triple to right. Stubbs scored on a wild pitch.
Gilbert finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth on Cameron Twitty’s RBI single.
In Game 1, the Indians collected three of their seven hits in the top of the first, and cashed in on two errors for two unearned runs off Austin Walker.
James Island’s only run came in the bottom of the second on Ryan Beasenburg’s RBI single.
The Trojans had problems with fundamentals. Two bunts turned into popouts and the Trojans had two runners thrown out at second on missed hit-and-run situations.
Jon Newman upped his record to 5-1 with a three-hitter. Walker allowed seven hits and recorded the complete game.
“We executed the small ball in the second game,” Hatley said. “We didn’t do that in the first game. We got good performances from both pitchers. It was a matter of doing the little things.”
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