High School Sports

Shaffer, Colson spark Biloxi past Gulfport


GULFPORT -- Lane Colson gave Biloxi the lead for good with a two-run single, and Trey Shaffer struck out 15 as the Indians upended Gulfport 6-2 Tuesday at Herbert Wilson Field.

Gulfport (10-5, 2-3) visits Biloxi (7-8, 3-2) on Wednesday at 5 p.m. in varsity action to complete the two-game Division 8-6A series. The game was moved up from Friday due to the possibility of bad weather.

Gulfport had taken a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth when Castor Lee stole home in a rundown.

But Biloxi loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the fifth against Admirals starter Alex Nelms (4-2). Colson, a left-handed hitter, ripped a two-run single to center to give Biloxi a 4-2 lead.

Austin Creel followed with a RBI single to center, and then Colson dashed home on an error to complete the five-run uprising.

Shaffer, a junior left-hander, was masterful. Shaffer (4-0) tossed a four-hitter, struck out 15 and walked only three in six innings. Austin Williams hurled the seventh for Biloxi to close out the contest.

"We knew Shaffer was going to give us a good game," Biloxi coach Eddie Lofton said. "He is a great pitcher and does a great job. He keeps people off balance. His fastball, although it is not in the 90s, it sneaks in on you. It gets up there pretty quick.

"Our players had a good approach at the plate, especially in that one inning (the 5th). If we can keep our same approach the rest of the year and keep our bats live, we have a group who can go a long

way. But we've been kind of Jekyl and Hyde. We'll have a game like this and then we falter for a game."

Biloxi jumped on top in the first on a double to left by Shaffer and a RBI single to left by Chase Lott.

Gulfport knotted the game on Nelms' solo home run over the left field wall in the bottom of the first inning.

"Our game plan was to come in here and battle," Shaffer said. "We knew it would be a tough series. This is a series we love to play because it is so competitive. We grinded it out each inning and got

the 'W.'

"I tried to make the hitters miss (on the mound) and tried to get some quick outs. That was about it."

Nelms went 5 2/3 innings, giving up six runs on seven hits. He fanned six and walked three.