Game 3 will follow 30 minutes after Game 2 in Gilmer tomorrow if needed.
Gilmer swept Van in two bi-district games, 14-2 Friday in Van and 7-3 at Matt Camp Ballpark here Saturday.
The Buckeyes continue in the playoffs in the Area round this weekend against Pleasant Grove at East Texas Baptist University’s Woods Field in Marshall. The first game will be Friday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. and the second Saturday, May 10, at 2 p.m.
Game Three will be played 30 minutes after Game Two, if necessary.
Gilmer improved their season record to 21-6 with the wins over Van.
Offense was the call for the Buckeyes against the Vandals. It started in the first game of the series when Gilmer scored three runs on a workman-like performance by converting two walks and a Blevin Burns double which loaded the bases. Bryce Tomlin with an RBI single and Ryen Lawhorn with a single which scored Burns and Kade Clemens gave Gilmer a 3-0 lead in the first.
Clemens would come up with home runs in both the sixth and seventh innings, the second a Grand Slam homer, to log six RBIs and three runs.
Gilmer closed out the game with seven runs in the seventh after scoring three in the first, two in the second, one in the third, and one in the sixth.
Jaidon Parrish with two hits, Burns with three, Mitch Lange with two, Lawhorn with two and Nathan Jenkins with two also had multiple hit nights Friday. Burns, Lange and Parrish all had a double.
In addition Lawhorn had two stolen bases and Clemens, Tomlin and Nathan Jenkins each had one.
Colin Hardin got the win Friday as he went the distance and struck out seven while walking three. Van had eight scattered hits and gave up one earned run.
The second game was scoreless for two and a half innings before the Buckeye offense awoke when Nathan Jenkins doubled.
Parrish singled and Noah Jenkins ran for Parrish.
Burns doubled to score Nathan Jenkins, and Clemens singled to score Noah Jenkins and Burns.
Leading three to nothing, the Buckeyes appeared to decide to make the game more interesting in the top of the fourth. By committing four of the team’s five errors in one inning, three on the same play, Gilmer turned a routine inning into a 3-run scoring fest for the Vandals as they tied the score 3-3.
In the bottom of the fourth, Nathan Jenkins hit a double to center field to score Colin Hardin in what proved to be the winning run.
Gilmer added two in the fifth when Clemens surpassed the coaches’ expectations by doubling Noah Jenkins. (After a 2-home run game the night before, the coaches did not expect more extra base hits by Clemens in the series.)
Clemens scored on Tomlin’s sacrifice fly, increasing Gilmer’s lead to 6-3.
Nathan Jenkins scored Gilmer’s seventh run on a passed ball after walking and stealing second.
Garin Shelton threw for Van Saturday, gave up nine hits and two hits to log seven runs. He struck out five.
Bryce Tomlin threw 72 strikes out of 101 pitches as he struck out seven and gave up seven hits and three runs. Gilmer’s five errors heavily contributed to the runs.
Parrish had three hits, Clemens two, and Nathan Jenkins two, with Burns, Clemens and Jenkins all hitting doubles and Parrish a triple.