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SF Preps Baseball: Reader’s walk-off gives Knights win over the Bay School

The Stuart Hall Knights baseball team won their second game of the season on Friday, and did it in dramatic fashion.

With the Knights and the Bay School tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh, sophomore second baseman Ethan Reader stepped up with the bases loaded and one out, having gone 0-for-3 with a strikeout, a pop out and an inning-ending double play.

Facing reliever Peter Coholan, with the infield in to cut off the run at home, Reader ripped a 1-1 offering from Coholan for a hard grounder through the left side of the infield to bring Davis home for a 4-3 win after a wild seventh.

Tied at two going into the final frame, the Breakers (1-2) put men on second and third with no outs in the top half. With the Stuart Hall infield in, sophomore pitcher Max Banks got pinch hitter Dak Moyne to ground out to first with the infield in, keeping the runners from advancing.

The next batter, Coholan, executed a successful suicide squeeze to put Bay on top, 3-2. He then stole second to give the Breakers two men in scoring position. Stuart Hall then intentionally walked junior Zach Mathews to load the bases, and got the tailor-made inning-ending double play on a grounder to Reader, who tagged the runner and threw to first.

With one out in the bottom of the frame, junior leadoff man Ryan Darwin took a dose from Breakers starter Alex Regier, then stole second base.

Regier had gone 6 1/3 innings, working around eight hits to keep Stuart Hall to two runs up to that point, while striking out seven. He was done, though, and Bay brought on Coholan.

The senior righty allowed a line-drive single to center by sophomore Chris Davis to cash in Darwin, tying the game at 3-3. After Davis advanced to second on the throw home, Bay intentionally walked Jack Pirrone and Dylan Banks — who had gone 3-for-3 on the day — to load the bases for Reader, who obliged with the game-winning knock.
Stuart Hall sophomore Max Banks threw two key innings in relief of junior starter Diego DeLa’O to earn the win, allowing one run on two hits and a walk, striking out one. DeLa’O allowed two unearned runs over his four innings of work, and Luke Moore threw a scoreless inning out of the bullpen.

Coholan took the loss for the Bay School.

The Knights tallied 10 hits on the day, led by a 3-for-3 day by senior third baseman Dylan Banks, who reached base all four times he came to the plate, adding a walk. Freshman designated hitter Bo Darwin went 2-for-3.

Stuart Hall also swiped five bases during the game, with two players stealing multiple bags. Junior shortstop and leadoff man Ryan Darwin stole two, while Max Banks also stole two.

“The Bay School saw the ball well,” Knights head coach Brian Ceinar said.

The Breakers tallied six hits on the day, led by 2-for-3 days by junior Simon Bleskacek, senior captain Peter Coholan, and junior Charlie Grossmann.

The Bay School (1-2) will next face International on Tuesday at 3:30. Stuart Hall (2-1) will host rival University on Tuesday at 3:30.Prep Sports

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