Bishop Manogue gets a thrilling 6-5 win over Galena at home.
No doubt Bishop Manogue and Galena baseball teams are playoff ready, even though the regional tournament is still two weeks away.
For the second time in three days outstanding pitching and timely hitting decided the outcome of the game between the Grizzlies and the Miners. The first time Galena took a 7-4 win at home. Then Bishop Manogue used their home field advantage, and won 6-5. Players from both sides delivered when their teams needed them. The starting pitchers were clutch. Josh Whitten for Bishop Manogue, and Nick Brown for Galena, showed why they came into the game undefeated. Whitten was 4-0 and Brown 5-0. Both relied heavily on the fast ball to stay out of trouble. Whitten was the most economical, using on 45 pitches through five innings to retire the Griz. Brown had his pitch count in the 60’s through five, but he struck out four which drives up the count. Whitten went the farthest, being lifted in the 7th after pinch hitter Aidan Elliot hit his first pitch over the centerfield wall. For Elliot, it was his first extra base hit of the year and closed the lead to 6-5. Brown, went 5 2/3 innings. He was four outs away from another win when the Miners bunched three hits with a walk to score three runs to regain the lead, 6-4, and chase him.
Even though pitching dominated the game, both teams had timely hitting. Galena shortstop, Andrew West. hit a solo home run in the top of the first inning to get it started. In the bottom of the first leadoff hitter, Calvin Bailey doubled and three batters later CJ Hires singled him home. In the second, Nolan Craddock led off with a single. He was moved along with a pair of sacrifice bunts by Brandon Scheid and Nick Myers. Brian Baker picked up the RBI with a ground ball to short, allowing Craddock to race home from third. The Miners regained the lead when Dalton Scolari started the fourth inning with a home run over the left field wall making it 3-2. In the sixth, Galena went back on top, 4-3. Charles Douglas started things with a single. He was forced at second on West’s ground ball. Niko Pezanella singled. Cole Demonthenes rolled out to Whitten for the second out. When Whitten fell behind 3-0 in the count to Craddock, Manogue waived him to first, loading the bases. Scheid hit a sharp grounder to Jack Masterson at third his throw to second was dropped and Galena scored twice.
In the bottom of the sixth the Miners’ Paul Vossen doubled, his second hit of the game. He had tied the game in the second with a home run over the right field wall. After Bailey walked Jack Weise singled to drive in Vossen. Rylan Charles followed with a double, his second hit of the game, that scored both Bailey and Weise.
After Whitten left in the seventh, Charles came in to shut the door striking out two and getting an infield pop up to the end the game.
We just may see these two teams again when it really counts in the regional tournament in early May.