Gunter mows down 13 in semi-finals

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Gabe Gunter was big part the Tupelo Thunders’ championship season.

Gabe Gunter was big part the Tupelo Thunders’ championship season.

Former Pleasant Home standout athlete had a big summer as he helped lead the Tupelo Thunder to a Cotton States Summer Collegiate Baseball League championship on Sunday in New Albany, Miss.

Gunter is a starting pitcher for the Thunder and used a masterful performance on Saturday to knock off the No. 1 ranked team in league (Tallahatchie Rascals) to send his team to the championship game.

In the semi-final game, Gunter worked all seven innings giving up four hits, one run, no walks and 13 strikeouts in win.

Tupelo jumped out front 3-0 in the top of the first inning off a bases loaded walk, a balk and a wild pitch from Tallahatchie.

The lone run Gunter gave up was in the bottom of the fourth inning. Gunter started the inning with a pair of strikeouts, but back-to-back singles pushed across the Rascals’ only run of the ball game.

The Thunder went on to win the championship game on Sunday with a 10-6 victory in 13 innings over the North Delta Dealers.

Gunter ended the season ranked No. 2 in the league in strikeouts with 55 in 33 innings of work.

In eight total appearances, Gunter had a 2-4 record with an ERA of 2.97. Gunter’s command of the strike zone was impeccable as he only walked seven of the 139 batters he faced this summer.