APRIL 5 UPDATE: Thursday Gladewater at Gilmer game moved to Saturday.
The Buckeyes took advantage of a 10-strikeout outing by Bryce Tomlin and timely scoring by the Buckeye batters to outpace Kilgore 3-1 here Thursday as they remain undefeated in the District 16-3A baseball race.
Gilmer will face Gladewater at home Thursday and then travel to Chapel Hill Friday as they enter the second half of the district race with a 16-4 record, 6-0 in district.
Jamel Jackson, running for Jaidon Parrish, scored the first run, 1-0, in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly by Mitch Lange.
Kilgore answered in the top of the second with a solo home run by Shepherd to open the inning 1-1.
In the bottom of the fourth, with two outs, Slade Morris walked.
After Morris stole second, Dylan Bowman hit a double to left field, scoring Morris with the winning run, 2-1.
Morris reached again in the sixth. This time he reached on an error with Travis Carter already on base. Carter had advanced to third, and with the error he was able to score Gilmer's third run.
Kilgore would come back in the seventh, with Shepard reaching on an error and Amaro singling to right, putting Shepherd in scoring position. After Shepherd stole third, Tomlin got Brantley out swinging to end the match.
Tomlin gave up three hits, one the run producing homer, to go with his 10 strike outs and one walk.
Bowman had one hit, his RBI double, and Blevin Burns had two singles. Parrish and Skylar Hollis each worked Coldiron for walks, two each, as Gilmer got seven walks off the Bulldog hurler. Gilmer also struck out seven times but timely combinations between walks and hits spelled victory for the Buckeyes.