GALLATIN - To say that 2019 was a good year for the Gallatin baseball team would be an understatement.
After finishing with just nine wins in 2018, the Green Wave were determined to make 2019 a memorable ride.
Finishing sixth in league play, the Green Wave took their side of the district tournament bracket by storm winning three games in a row to set up a district tournament final for a chance to represent their side of the bracket in the District 9AAA Championship game.
While the Green Wave did fall short of their goal, that didn’t stop them from holding their heads high when walking off the field for one last time in 2019.
“We accomplished so many of our goals this year,” Gallatin coach Mark Wilson said. “I’ve got five seniors that feel like they are my sons. They represent everything you would want out of a baseball player, out of a son, out of a student-athlete and I love them. It is tough to see them go, but this year was phenomenal. We achieved more than what anyone expected from us. We were one pitch away from being our representative in the district championship. Twenty-one wins, we couldn’t ask for a better year.”
After dropping the night-cap on Tuesday night to city-rival Station Camp, the Green Wave were forced to come back to the East bank for the if-necessary game the following night.
From the opening pitch, it was the Bison’s game to win.
“Listen, errors are a part of any game that you play and we had our fair share but that is not an excuse,” Wilson continued. “Station Camp saints the bat better than anyone in the district. It wasn’t a fluke they put nine on us. They were well hit baseballs.”
Not only was the Bison offense in tune, but Station Camp senior Brady Harris was also on his game on the bump.
“I know Brady is not having to be used because of the arms they have, but he proved tonight he is just as good as anyone in the district,” Wilson added. “I am proud of him for his effort and their season they have yet to play.”
Gallatin says goodbye to their five seniors, Jarrett Schiavone, Chase Terry, Matt Bradley, Johnny Hernandez and Connor Mesler.