ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: COLE GIFFORD
Alhambra High School junior Cole Gifford is this week’s Tribune Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Matthew C Rinn of State Farm.
Gifford has pitched in the Bulldogs’ two victories this season, and in both appearances he didn’t allow a single run.
In fact, his ERA so far this season is still below one (0.78).
His first appearance of the season against Alameda, Gifford went four innings, but he didn’t allow a hit, or a run in the outing. He did walk three, but none came around to score in the 2-0 victory.
However his masterpiece of the season so far was the complete game victory over Novato on Feb. 28.
In the victory, Gifford went the distance, only allowing a single hit, while striking out six hitters. The junior was so in control that he went 4 1/3 innings without giving up a hit.
The visiting Hornets from Novato were baffled by the junior’s array of pitches, and couldn’t touch anything he threw.
On the season, Gifford has only allowed two earned runs in his three appearances, and is looking ready to back up last year’s strong performance as a sophomore on varsity.
Gifford is in his second year on the varsity boys baseball team.