For a team that hadn’t practiced in five days or played a game in 11 days, Galileo not surprisingly looked a little flat Monday, but the Lions displayed just enough urgency to keep their season alive against International Studies Academy.
Danny Huang and Dylan Nelson combined to pitch a three-hit shutout and the Lions played error-free ball in winning a succinct 5-0 decision against ISA at Hennessey Field in the opening round of the San Francisco Section baseball playoffs.
D’Eante Bernstine went 1-for-2 with a run and two RBIs and Cody Klein was 2-for-3 with a run for the Lions (18-5), who will moveon to face Washington in the semifinals on Wednesday. The Cobras finished 8-13.
Neither team mustered much offense, but Bernstine got the Lions going in the first when he poked a single down the third base line, bringing in Huang and Barber to give Galileo a 2-0 lead.
"The guys in front of me did their job getting on base, so I knew it was my job to bring them in," Bernstine said. "I know we needed to get some runs on the board, so I was just looking for a pitch I could hit."
That scoring would be all the Lions need as Huang went four innings with allowing just one hit, and Nelson, who entered in the fifth, went three innings and struck out three in giving up just two hits.
Galileo added insurance runs in the third, when Chris Barber knocked in Lee Eigl with an RBI single, and in the sixth, with David Jue providing a sacrifice fly and Mack Wright smacking a run-scoring single to finish out the scoring.
"We know we have to play these game like they are our last, because they could be," said Bernstine, whose Lions have lost their previous two games to semifinal foe Washington by a combined 19 runs. "We need to come out against Wash and play the same way, just with more intensity, and make sure we don’t make any errors or mental mistakes."
Galileo 5, ISA 0