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Brandon earns walk-off win against Gulfport

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 Gulfport and Alex Nelms couldn't hold on Thursday against Brandon, falling 5-4 in eight innings.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD Gulfport and Alex Nelms couldn't hold on Thursday against Brandon, falling 5-4 in eight innings.

BRANDON -- At this point in the season runs can come at a premium.

That was the case on Thursday night, but it ended in a walk-off in extra innings.

Kyle Bishop had a walk-off infield single to lift Brandon past Gulfport 5-4 in eight innings in the Game 1 of the second round of the MHSAA Class 6A baseball playoffs.

Game 2 is set for Saturday at 2 p.m. at Gulfport.

"We've been going through the motions the last couple of weeks so this is a big win for us," said Brandon coach Stacy Hester. "We beat a good Gulfport team. Alex Nelms is the real deal and it is going to be tough for us to go down there and try to sweep them."

The Admirals (16-9) were leading the entire game until Brandon's Kyle Singleton hit a sacrifice fly to left to tie the game 4-4 and send the game to extras.

Gulfport would score two runs in the third and in the sixth. In the third the Admirals would get a solo home run by Travis McNett and an RBI-single to center by Nelms to take a 2-1 lead.

They would extend it to 4-1 in the sixth on a throwing error and a RBI single by McNett.

"That right there was two good teams fighting and they were the fortunate ones to get the big hit," said Gulfport coach Jamie McMahon. "We didn't have a couple of things go our way, but you have overcome that and find ways to score runs."

Nelms, a Southern Miss signee, lasted 6 1/3 innings on the mound for Gulfport, giving up nine hits, four earned runs and one walk. He also struck out one.

Nelms, McNett, Kevin Carter and Gage Clark all had two hits each to lead Gulfport offensively. Patrick Nelms took the loss on the mound for the Admirals.

"Really when I go out there I just give my team a chance to win," Nelms said. "We had chances to win and didn't capitalize."

Mississippi State commit J.T Ginn got the win on the mound for Brandon. Nathan Babb had four hits to lead the Bulldogs.

"We will bounce back and can't dwell on this one," McMahon said. "We got a lot of arms ready for Saturday, so we will use the day off tomorrow to settle down and go out Saturday and see what happens."

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