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Squirrels score early, hang on to defeat Booneville

Sunday, July 26, 2009

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Charleston's Chase McClendon is congratulated by manager Michael Minner after hitting a home run in the third inning.
(David Jenkins, Staff)
JACKSON -- Their bats once again did most of the talking. And for the past two games, Colin Gilooly's has been the loudest.

Gilooly led the hot-hitting Charleston Squirrels at the plate in their 11-7 victory over Booneville on Friday night for their second straight win in the Sr. Babe Ruth Missouri State Championship tournament at Jackson City Park.

"Colin's 'Mr. Post-Season', Squirrels head coach Michael Minner said. "I knew he was going to be ready. He tears it up for us and he always hits in crunch time."

As the Squirrels have been slugging their way to wins in their first two games, Gilooly has been the one bat that has been the most consistent in each of them. He's currently 6-for-8 with four RBIs, one triple, one double and four singles in two games. Gilooly got things going in the right direction on Friday night as the rest of his Squirrel-mates set the table, Gilooly proceeded to clean it with a bases-clearing triple in the first inning.

That was the biggest blow in the Squirrels' six-run first inning to quickly get ahead of Booneville.

"It's the best I've hit all year," Gilooly said. "I'm glad its happening right now, too. I've changed up my stance a lot and I'm seeing the ball better I guess.

"I don't know what it is," Gilooly added. "I like playing during state."

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