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How Gregori remained alive for a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs

Gregori’s Dylan Boney (2) greets his teammates after scoring during the Central California Athletic League game with Enochs at Enochs High School in Modesto, Calif., Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
Gregori’s Dylan Boney (2) greets his teammates after scoring during the Central California Athletic League game with Enochs at Enochs High School in Modesto, Calif., Wednesday, May 1, 2019. aalfaro@modbee.com

Gregori junior Collin Gunn stepped up to the plate and took a deep breath.

It was a 6-6 game in the top of the ninth and the Jaguars (9-16-1, 6-8) needed a win to stay alive in the playoff race against Enochs (14-11, 6-8).

Gunn ripped a fastball to center field for a go-ahead two-run double and later scored on a sacrifice fly as Gregori beat Enochs, 10-8.

“If it was a fastball, I was going to turn and hit it and that’s what I did,” Gunn said.

Whoever wins the series finale at Gregori on Friday at 3:45 p.m. will get the final Central California Athletic League Sac-Joaquin Section playoff spot.

Maybe that hit for Gunn was redemption.

After giving up three runs in the first, he settled down and at one point retired 15 straight batters. Gregori led 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh and Gunn was one out away from a complete game.

“What describes a good pitcher is how you respond to mistakes,” Gregori coach James Davis said. “He never stopped competing after giving up three runs.”

He bobbled a comebacker, allowing an Eagle to reach base and was taken out. Enochs would score two runs to tie the game.

Gunn struck out 10 in 6 2/3 innings.

In the top of the eighth, Gregori regained the lead on an RBI single by Tyler Turner but Enochs would tie the game on a walk. The Eagles had the bases loaded with one out but senior pitcher Parish Gutierrez got out of the jam.

Enochs scored two in the bottom of the ninth and had the winning run at the plate but junior pitcher Carson Croasdale struck out the final batter.

Senior Adam Silva had two RBIs and a run scored for the Eagles.

“I have been in a few of these games as a coach,” Davis said. “We are very resilient and today was a battle between two good teams.”

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Julian A. Lopez has been covering local sports for The Modesto Bee since August 2018. He graduated from Arizona State in 2016 with a BA in Journalism.

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