When his team needed him most, Hunter Dean delivered.
After playing to a 5-5 tie through nine innings, the Gatesville senior came through with his third hit of the day, recording a RBI triple to score Taylor Donaldson in the top of the 10th and give the Hornets a 6-5 road victory against Georgetown East View on Wednesday morning.
“I didn’t know what to think,” Dean said. “I haven’t been put in many situations like that. It’s overwhelming, I felt blessed to be there for my teammates when they needed me.”
Dean, who went 3 for 5 and scored twice, also earned the pitching victory, giving up two hits and striking out five in five innings of work after replacing starter Tyler Jaynes.
“I just came in thinking to hopefully throw strikes and my teammates would back me up like they always do,” Dean said. “It took a little longer than usually, but we took care of it.”
The Hornets fell into an early 1-0 hole before claiming a 3-1 lead in the third inning, when Dean, Seth Martin and Jaynes all scored. Gatesville added to its lead in the following inning, scoring twice, including Dean’s steal of home.
East View scored two in fifth inning, and sent the game into extra innings on a home run in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs. The score held until Dean’s hit sent Donaldson, who was in as a courtesy runner for Cullen Mayhew, across home plate.
“(In his only at bat of the day) Cullen stepped up, took one hit and hit a double,” Dean said. “He was what sparked the fire for us. … All I wanted to do was put the ball in play. Luckily, I hit a chest-high fastball to right center and got a triple out of it.”
Gatesville senior Jeff Speer was 3 for 4 as the Hornets (7-8-2) produced 11 hits in the victory.
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