With his team leading Galileo 12-2 in the top of the fifth inning, Washington starting pitcher Tommy Mora gave up two runs, costing his team an opportunity to end the game early due to the 10-run rule. In the bottom of the fifth, Mora, this time at the plate, would not give the Lions a second chance again.
Mora smacked a two-run single with Washington leading 12-4 to give the Eagles a shortened 14-4 victory over Galileo in the San Francisco Section baseball semifinals at Big Rec-Nealon.
“I wasn’t really thinking about ending the game early, I was just looking to make contact,” said Mora, who pitched all five innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits. “I was looking to put something up the middle and I was able to find the right pitch to do that.”
Chris McMahon went 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs, Mike Andrick went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Mora also contributed offensively by going 2-for-4 to lead the Eagles into the section championship game against Lowell next Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at AT&T Park.
Like the Eagles’ two previous victories over the Lions (14-4 and 12-3 wins), Washington took advantage of Galileo mistakes to break away early.
In the bottom of the second, with the game still scoreless, Washington exploded for eight runs, capitalizing on three errors. McMahon and Andrick each smacked hits that drove in two runs in the inning.
Galileo scored twice in the top of the third to close within 8-2, but Washington added four more runs in bottom third to put the game out of reach.
“If we continue to play good defense, we should be all right,” said Mora, who was playing for Skyline last year when Washington beat Lowell in the championship game. “We know that if we want to win, we have to play our kind of baseball.”
Washington 14, Galileo 4