by nathan oster
The Greybull Geckos capped off a perfect season of league play with wins over Otto and the Cowley A’s last week and hope to carry that momentum into their district tournament this week in Powell.
The Geckos, who now stand at 13-5, defeated Otto 14-7 on July 3 and crushed the Cowley A’s 18-0 on Thursday. The wins were the ninth and 10th league triumphs of the season for the Geckos, who are managed by Joe Forcella and Todd Zeller.
In Otto, the guests scored in every inning. A three-run first and a five-run second sent them on their way to the victory and made a winner of Jake Gifford, who got the start on the mound. Gifford struggled with control, walking six, but surrendered just a single hit and only one earned run in his two innings.
Cade Dooley, Riley Hill, Dawson Forcella and Riley Hill also pitched for the Geckos, who limited Otto to just two hits in the game.
Cade Osborne was credited with a home run, a double and three runs batted in. Riley Hill also knocked in three and was one of four other Geckos — Calder Forcella, Zack Zeller and Justin Bacus being the others — with two base hits.
The Geckos pummeled the Cowley A’s, using a 13-run second to send them to a 18-0 win.
Calder Forcella, Zeller and Dawson Forcella combined to limit the A’s to just a single hit in the four inning game. Hill again had two hits for the Geckos, while Bacus, Fabian Davila and Osborne each knocked in two runs.
“I was pleased that we didn’t lose a single league game this season,” said Coach Forcella. “We did drop a couple during the tournaments that we added, but all in all, we have had a great season.”
The Geckos will head to their district tournament this week knowing that they just need to finish among the top three teams to qualify for the state tournament. According to Forcella, the Geckos open with Cowley at 4 p.m. today (Thursday, July 12) in Powell. Cody and Powell will square off in the nightcap. Greybull will follow that up with early-morning games against Cody on Friday and Powell on Saturday. If there is a tie, the championship game will either be played Saturday night or Sunday morning.
“The exciting thing this year is that they will take three teams from our district to the state tournament,” said Forcella. “We should have a great opportunity to advance this year if we play like we have in the last couple of weeks.”