BRANDON - All it took was one big inning.
Brandon scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to get past Gulfport 10-3 in the decisive game three in the second round of the Class 6A state baseball playoffs Monday night.
Brandon (25-6) will face George County in the third round of the playoffs starting on Thursday.
"Both teams came in with the same philosophy to use as many arms as you can til a certain inning and we were fortunate to have the lead the whole game," Brandon coach Stacy Hester said. "Gulfport is a good team and they were fairly young on the mound so they could be a team to watch next year."
Up 5-2 in the bottom of the fifth, Brandon sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five runs to seal the victory
"They're just a good offensive team, but we didn't help ourselves making four errors," Gulfport coach Jamie McMahon said. "They know what they're doing at the plate and that's what makes them good."
Hunter Fortenberry (7-0) got the win on the mound for Brandon. Nathan Babb and Chad Butcher had two hits each for the Bulldogs.
Pearl River CC signee Gage Clark (2-3) took the loss on the mound for Gulfport.
Dillon Brown had two hits to lead the Admirals (17-10).
Gulfport left 10 runners on base for the game, including leaving the bases loaded in the second inning.
"We left guys on early and you just have to give their pitchers credit for getting out of jams and that gave them momentum," McMahon said. "As for the season, it was kind of different since I've been here, but we had great senior leadership this year. We played a lot of young players this year so we'll be ready next year."