Gilbert punched its ticket to the 3A state title game with a 14-7 win over Dallas Center-Grimes on Friday thanks to an offensive explosion in the fifth inning.
The Tigers boomed for nine runs in the fifth, five more runs than they scored in their entire quarterfinal game against ADM.
The entire batting order saw time at the plate before the inning’s first out.
Gilbert’s fifth-inning success came right after Dallas Center-Grimes took a 4-1 lead with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Nick Chasey started things off with a single. Easton Johnson, Owen Blumhagen, Spencer Clatt, Joe Drzycimiski, Trey Hansen, and Tucker Hanson also notched hits in the inning. Gilbert totaled six hits in the nine-run inning, with Dallas Center-Grimes committing two errors.
The Tigers would add four more runs in the sixth inning.
Gilbert designated hitter Nick Chasey and third baseman Easton Johnson each went 3-for-4 at the plate. Chasey finished with four RBIs and Johnson had two.
Gilbert will face the winner of four-seed Norwalk and eight-seed Marion in the 3A state championship Saturday. A win in the title game would give the Tigers their first-ever state championship.