Pitching and defense.
That is what the Bolles Bulldogs have thrived on, especially in the post season, allowing just one run through four games in the playoffs.
That continued Thursday night in the class 5A state championship game, which the Bulldogs were walk-off winners, 1-0 in extra innings over Monsignor Pace for the 7th baseball state title in school history. It is their first since 2010.
In the bottom of the 9th, Hamp Skinner reached on an error and got to second base. A base hit by Austin Henson then gave the Bulldogs runners on the corners and no outs. After a Hunter Barco strikeout, Johnathan Dewane laid down a bunt back to the Spartans pitcher, who could not field it cleanly, allowing Skinner to score from 3rd, giving the championship to the Bulldogs.
Skinner was the starting pitcher and went 7 scoreless innings, striking out 9 and allowing just 5 hits. Max Ferguson came on in relief for the final two innings for Bolles.
It is the 7th state championship this year for The Bolles School as the baseball team joins the boys and girls swimming teams, girls cross country, girls soccer, boys basketball, and girls track with state championships. The seven state championships are a record for the school.