The liquid poured down upon Rock Bridge High School baseball coach Justin Towe on Friday afternoon just like it did on Wednesday.
But the liquid from the celebratory shower from the Gatorade jug was received far better by the Bruin faithful than the rain shower that had postponed Boys' Class 4 District 10 Championship Wednesday.
Friday, the Bruins defeated Helias Catholic 6-3 to advance to the State Tournament and repeat as district champions, in a ballgame that began two days earlier.
While sophomore ace Ryan Phillips stymied the Crusaders with his pitching, the Bruins pulled away offensively with a group effort.
“There’s somebody new all the time. That’s the great thing about this baseball team, we just got a lot of guys who can play,” said Towe.
Trailing 2-1 heading into the bottom of the second inning, senior Robert DeGraaff singled to drive in two runs and give the Bruins a 3-2 lead. Junior Landon Clapp also provided two key RBI in the third inning and the Bruins never let up.
The game began in Lebanon, Missouri but was moved and finished at the home of district tournament top-seed Rock Bridge. Rock Bridge will face District 9 Champion Fort Zumwalt North on Tuesday night, also at Rock Bridge High School in the first game of the state tournament.
“Our goal is districts. Our dream is state, but our goal is districts and we’ve reached our goal,” said Towe.