By Josh Levine
Behind a four-run fourth inning, Archbishop Riordan High School’s baseball team clinched its first West Catholic Athletic League win of the season with a 5-4 victory over Sacred Heart Cathedral on Tuesday at Moscone Recreation Center.
The Irish (7-3, 0-3) held the Crusaders (7-3, 1-1) to one run through three innings and held a 3-1 lead before Riordan’s big fourth.
“We set them up by walking too many of their guys, which is something we haven’t done all year,” said Sacred Heart head coach Brian Morgan. “We had our chances in the final three innings, but our guys were just waiting for someone to burst through.”
The Crusaders loaded the bases in the third and fourth innings, but failed to score any runs in the third after all three baserunners got on with consecutive walks.
“If the pitcher is struggling, we tell our kids to let the at-bat develop,” said Riordan head coach Matt Gallegos. “We like to have a purpose when we are hitting.”
Riordan also got strong pitching performances from starter Jorge Navarro and reliever Sean Donovan.
Navarro pitched the first four innings and allowed three runs in the first frame, but held the Irish scoreless the rest of the way. Donovan allowed one run in the seventh inning, but managed to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth on a double play.
“They made the plays they needed to make and threw strikes when they needed to,” Morgan said.
While Riordan got its first WCAL win, Sacred Heart remains winless and has lost all three games by one run.
“I told them before the game that we can’t play with emotion because this is an important game,” Gallegos said. “The WCAL is unforgiving and every game is a battle out there.”
R – Ismael Orozco sacrifice fly, James Sullivan scores
SHC – Joe Cibotti singles, Brett Rasso scores
SHC – Tevin Goodwin doubles, Gino Franco scores
SHC – Mike Wallace reaches on a fielder’s choice, Cibotti scores
R – Chris Tiguerio singles, Matt Melendez scores
R – Nick Hoveland walks, Jorge Navarro scores
R – Orozco walks, Tiguerio scores
R – Eduardo Santos sacrifice fly, James Cullinane scores
SHC – Chris Miguel sacrifice fly, Jack Harrington scores