After defeating its two previous opponents by a combined score of 37-2, the Galileo baseball team found itself in an unusual situation Thursday — trailing 2-1 in the top of the third inning against Leadership.
That deficit, however, proved to be short-lived as Galileo poured in 16 runs over the final five innings to capture the Boilermaker Invitational 17-3 at Big Rec.
Cody Klein went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Chris Barber added two extra-base hits and five RBIs for Galileo, which won the tournament hosted by O’Connell for its eighth straight victory.
Leadership held a 2-1 before Galileo capitalized on two outfield errors in the third inning to put four men across the plate en route to a 5-2 lead.
The Lions really poured it on in the top of the fifth, scoring six runs on four hits to increase their lead to 11-2. Barber provided the most damage by smashing a bases-loaded triple.
Two innings later, Barber again came up with the big hit, blasting a double to bring in Danny Huang and Dylan Nelson as the Lions pulled away. Huang started on the mound for Galileo and was solid for five innings, allowing just three hits and two earned runs to garner the win. Nelson and Barber finished off the outing by pitching the sixth and seventh, respectively.
"It was a good win for us because we’re a young team and these games always help your confidence," Galileo coach Don Papa said. "But we still have plenty to work on. We need to get back to fundamentals because we’re going to start seeing some quality pitching we haven’t really dealt with in the past couple of games."
Drew 4, Lick-Wilmerding 3
SAN BRUNO — Jiles Pope struck out the final two batters he faced to strand the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position, leading the Dragons (3-6, 1-3 Bay Counties League West) to a big win over the Tigers (8-4, 4-2) at Skyline College.
Pope struck out seven in a complete-game effort on the mound, and also singled in the game-winning run in the bottom of the third.
— Staff report
University 12, San Domenico 2
Lily Thalheimer struck out 10 as the Red Devils (2-5) beat the Panthers (0-3) in five innings. University catcher Alison Altman added two hits and threw out an attempted base-stealer at second.
— Staff report