The rally made a winner of Reservoir pitcher Cody Morris, who allowed just one hit and struck out 10 batters on the night.
“Our first at-bat, we definitely saw what [Dubbe] was doing and some of his tendencies,” said Barry, who went 1 for 3. “So in our second at-bat, we just came out ripping, looking for first-pitch strikes. Once we got a couple guys on, that got things going.”
Glenelg (6-7, 5-5 in Howard County) held the early momentum, sparked by an Alex Melcher RBI triple to left field that helped the Gladiators open up a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Dubbe also looked sharp, striking out four of the first of the nine batters he faced.
The Gators (8-5, 6-4) responded in the bottom of the third. Following a Danny O’Hagan double, Barry, Morris and Singer all hit singles that pushed the Gladiators in front.
“We usually give up runs early and have to battle back a lot,” Singer said. “We’re used to fighting back and once we were able to get some hits off a great pitcher like Logan, we gained more confidence.”
Morris, along with a solid defensive effort by Reservoir, helped keep the Gladiators bats at bay. After walking Nick Crabill in the fifth, Morris induced a double-play groundout to end the inning before striking out the side in the sixth.
“After the second inning, I felt like I mixed my pitches well and started looking better on my off-speed pitches,” Morris said. “Once I started locating my fastball, that was really key in getting some strikeouts and our defense did a great job backing me up.”