Bishop Manogue splits double header with Reno to win 4A title.
It was only fitting that the two best baseball teams in the northern 4A would have to go to an “if necessary” game to decide the northern title. Galena High School, a neutral site for the teams, hosted the games. Their coaches had the field in its best shape of the year and the administrators handled an overflow crowd flawlessly.
Bishop Manogue came into today’s championship undefeated (3-0) in regional games, with a day off on Friday, waiting for the survivor in the double elimination tournament. Reno, who lost to the Miners 5-3 on Thursday, had to beat Damonte Ranch Friday night in eights innings, 2-1, for the right to challenge Bishop Mangue for the title.
The Huskies jumped on top in the first inning on a David Ruiz leadoff single. Garrett Damico bunted him to second and Mickey Coyne singled Ruiz home. The Miners did the same thing in their half of inning when Calvin Bailey singled, Jack Weise did the same and Rylan Charles made it three in a row driving in Bailey. In the third, Reno bunched three straight hits, a two out double by Coyne, a single by Sawyer Jaksick and Kaden Hogan’s double driving home both guys ahead of him. Manogue got one back in the third. Weise singled, followed by Charles’ single moving Weise to third. CJ Hires was at the plate when a passed ball scored the fleet footed Weise.
Reno scored the decisive run in the fifth. Ruiz started things with a double. Damico singled him to third. Then Coyne walked to load the bases. Jaksick lofted a sacrifice fly to right to score Ruiz. The Miners had a great chance to re-take the lead when Angelo Reviglio walked, with one out. Reno’s starting pitcher Brent Thomas gave way to Coyne. He struck out Paul Vossen then pinch hitter Noah Columbo hit a pinch hit single to center. Weise was up next and singled to score Columbo to make it a 4-3 game. Coyne stuck out CJ Hires to end the threat and force that “if necessary” game to decide the northern 4A champ.
Both Reno and Bishop Mangue now had one loss, so the “if necessary” game would decide both the winner of the Northern 4A Baseball Champship and the number one seed in next week’s state tournament.
Game two looked like a mirror image of game one. The Miners were the visitors and they scored first. Calvin Bailey was “beaned” leading off the game. Bailey was down for a couple of minutes while the coaches and a trainer cleared him to continue. Bailey quickly stole second on a head-first slide. Weise moved him third on ground ball to the right side and Charles got the RBI with another grounder to second. Reno answered with a single by Damico, and Coyne followed with a single driving in Damico. Josh Rolling led off inning number two with a monstrous off-field shot over the 320 sign in right. Reno went back on top in the fourth. Jaksick was safe on an error. Hogan followed with a single, moving Jaksick to third. Joe Condon executed a perfect safety squeeze bunt to score bring Jaksick home. Later in the inning, with two out, Cade Grogan singled to bring Hogan to the plate.
In the fifth Bishop Manogue got a leadoff home run from starting pitcher Reviglio over the right field wall. Two batters later Baily singled. After Weise walked, Charles got the go ahead hit to plate Bailey.
Leading 4-3 starting the seventh, Hires, who was 0-3 with two strike outs, gave his team some breathing room when he hit the third solo home run of the game, all to right field, to make it 5-3.
Charles, who relived Reviglio, in the sixth, had a 1-2-3 seventh.
Twice in three days Bishop Manogue beat Reno, by the same 5-3 score, and won the northern 4A title.
Both teams advanced to the state tournament starting next Thursday in Reno.