After a slew of rainouts prevented Lowell High School baseball coach John Donohue a chance to earn his 700th career win in San Francisco, the opportunity to do so presented itself out of the state.
Lowell lost three games in the first three days of the Bishop Gorman Desert Classic tournament in Las Vegas, but the flight home to San Francisco will be a jubilant one the Donohue and the Cardinals.
Donohue picked up win No. 700 — the most in Northern California and sixth-most among active coaches in the state — as Lowell defeated Hillcrest High School (Midvale, Utah) 7-4 on Saturday.
Lowell senior starting pitcher Josef Mueller got the milestone win for the Cardinals (12-4, 4-2).
“The players are ecstatic, and they wanted to shake my hand,” Donohue said.
“Credit [goes] to co-coaches Daryl Simeon, Romeo Aurelio, Jr. and Emil DeAndreis for putting this great team together to allow this to happen. We came very close to coming home without (700). I'm just so very happy for the baseball alumni, the Lowell alumni, everybody who has helped me here in the 32 years I've been associated with Lowell baseball.”
Lowell returns to Academic Athletic Association play on Monday against Washington.