By Jeremy Balan
Galileo High School capitalized on nine errors by Gateway High School and battled back from an early deficit to secure a 8-5 win at Moscone Field on Tuesday.
After falling behind 5-4 in the third inning, the Lions (9-5) recaptured the lead with three runs in the fifth, off three Gateway errors and a RBI single from right fielder John Chen.
Galileo starting pitcher Garret Kwong struggled early, allowing five runs (four earned) in his first three innings, but retired twelve straight batters after a mound visit from Head Coach Don Papa.
“I just told him to throw strikes and quit getting behind in the count, because he rushes his pitches,” Papa said.
Kwong struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings of work, but found himself in a jam in the bottom of the seventh after an error and a walk, which brought the tying run to the plate.
Papa replaced Kwong with left-hander Dustin Andrick, who dispatched of Gateway’s Daniel Galvez with one pitch, forcing a groundout to end the game.
“He’s a good pitcher,” Papa said of Andrick. “He made me look good, didn’t he?”
Galvez, Gateway’s starting pitcher, didn’t throw as badly as the score may indicate, as only two of Galileo’s eight runs were earned, due to the errors.
Gateway (1-1) tied the game at 4-4 in the third inning with a two-RBI triple from senior catcher Connor Johnson, then took the lead with a sacrifice fly from senior center fielder Donald Phonseya in the next at-bat. Phonseya had a game-high three RBIs out of the cleanup spot in the batting order.
Galileo was led offensively by senior shortstop Dylan Nelson, who scored two runs and went 2-for-4 with two hard-hit doubles down the left field line.
Nelson will pitch against La Salle of Milwaukie, Oreg. today.