As Gilbert baseball coach Ashley Burnett pointed out, “it’s all about the kids,” and Wednesday night at Gilbert, the kids were all right.
The Indians got a strong pitching performance from Mike Morrison to go with solid defense and timely hitting to beat Hanahan 3-2 and win the Class AA state championship with a two-game sweep in the best two-of-three series.
“It’s exciting for our kids,” Burnett said. “I’m tickled to death. It’s sweet every time.”
It was Gilbert’s third state championship since 2006 and the first since 2008.
“We’ve been battling for four straight years to get this done, and it’s everything we heard it would be,” Morrison said.
Morrison gave the Indians a solid start, pitching 52/3 innings while allowing two runs on two hits with four walks and three strikeouts.
“It was a gutty performance,” Burnett said. “He battled his way through.”