May 31, 2006

Gibson Fires No-Hitter To Stop Mattituck

Last Wednesday, Glenn Gibson, the senior 6'3 left-handed power pitcher who has been the most dominant hurler in Suffolk County the past three-plus seasons proved once again how important he has been this spring to a Center Moriches team with several flaws.

Gibson, the winner of the 2005 Gibson Award, named after his father and coach Paul Gibson (who had an illustrious high school career before going on to a successful Major League Baseball career that included stints with the Yankees and the Mets) pitched a no-hitter to lead the Red Devils to a 2-1 win over Mattituck in one of the Suffolk Class B semifinals.

The no-hitter was Gibson's third of the season and improved the player who has amassed more strikeouts than any pitcher on Long Island over the past two seasons to a perfect 7-0. On Wednesday, he struck out 13 Tuckers batters and spoiled a fantastic start by Mattituck (13-6 overall) ace Joe Finora, a senior who pitched his final game. Last season, Finora was 7-0 as a starter and one of the key players in The Tuckers run to the Class C championship.

The game was tied 1-1 after five-plus innings before Chris Romero drove home what would later prove to be the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth.

Center Moriches would go on to lose two straight games to Babylon in the Class B finals, losing 13-5 on Thursday and 12-3 on Saturday as the Panthers cruised to the Class B championship.

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