First inning struggles continue to be an issue for the Gaels. Deer Valley brought 5 runs across the plate in the first and held on late for the win. The Gaels never quit and continued to have solid at bats. After leaving runners in scoring position in each of the first 4 innings, Dublin finally broke through with 2 runs in the 5th! After Nick Costello drew a lead off walk to open the inning, Cole McMahon delivered a towering blast in the left center field gap for an RBI triple. Koby Seely followed with a drive of his own, but unfortunately it was caught by the center fielder. McMahon was able to tag and score from third bringing the score to 6-2. Ethan Lee took the mound for the Gaels in the bottom half of the 5th, and worked out of a jam to keep the Gaels within striking distance. The top of the 6th was the breakout inning the Gaels had been looking for! Ethan Liao got things started with a single (his 3rd of the day) which was followed by a laser hit by Zach Rowen. The ball bounced in and out of the right-fielders glove which put runners on first and second with no outs. With Gabe Chamberlain now at the plate, a wild pitch advanced both runners to second and third. Chamberlain took a called strike three on a ball that landed in the dirt in front of home plate. The Gaels were back to the top of the lineup with Sam Gilliam. With only one out, Gilliam worked a walk to load the bases for Costello. Costello battled to a full count, but took a called strike three on a pitch that landed in the right handed batters box. With two outs, the Gaels looked to senior Cole McMahon to come through in the clutch. After Liao scored from 3rd on a wild pitch, McMahon ripped a single to left field scoring both runners! This brought the Gaels within one. McMahon was able to advance to second on the throw. Now Koby Seely was at the plate with the tying run at second. Seely hit a hard ground ball up the middle, but was thrown out at first on a nice play by the Deer Valley shortstop. That would end the comeback for the Gaels as the umpires decided it was too dark to continue play. A great effort by the Gaels, but too little too late. The Gaels will look to get back in the win column next week in the home opener vs Kennedy High School.
- 5 Dublin High School
- 6 Deer Valley High School
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