Gregori baseball scores seven in bottom of the sixth to beat Enochs and clinch playoff spot
As head coach James Davis walked back to the dugout after a mound visit, Gregori junior pitcher Kobe Dumlao had a moment to himself with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the seventh.
“My team did their job,” Dumlao said he told himself. “I have to do my job.”
The stakes were high as the winner of Enochs-Gregori game clinched the Central California Athletic League’s final playoff spot.
Dumlao struck out the next Eagles batter before a groundout to junior first baseman Collin Gunn ended the game as Gregori beat Enochs, 9-7.
“I just couldn’t let this team down,” Dumlao said.
After a thrilling 10-8 win on Wednesday, the Jaguars’ overcame a 7-2 deficit with a seven-run sixth inning.
Gunn, who had the go-ahead two-run double in the game two days prior, played hero yet again.
He had a two-run single in the sixth that proved to be the difference.
“I was laying off the off-speed pitches and looking for a fastball,” Gunn said. “I can take the pressure of a big situation and I enjoy it.”
Senior outfielder Mateo Cisneros had a three-run triple in the sixth, and after a run scored on an error, junior third baseman Jeff Hoffman ripped an RBI double to left to tie the game before Gunn gave the team the lead.
For Gregori (10-16-1, 7-8), it’s the school’s seventh straight playoff appearance.
Enochs (14-12, 6-9) led 3-2 heading into the top of the fifth before scoring four runs, two of which came on an error to right field.
After Gunn stepped on the base to end the game, the celebration was on.
“This season has been a grind,” Jaguars coach James Davis told the team afterward. “It’s been a grind on everyone ... and it’s been a pleasure.”
Playoffs begin on May 14.
Update on Pitman football coaching situation: Pitman High is still interviewing candidates for its head football coach, Pride Athletic Director Dave Walls said Friday.
A decision is expected sometime next week.
Tom Tyler resigned after six years as coach on March 22.
Ripon Christian’s Alger signs: Ripon Christian senior center Cade Alger signed with Seattle University to play basketball on Friday in a ceremony at the school’s gym.
Alger, who averaged 18 points and 12.3 rebounds on the court, also was the Knights’ starting quarterback and a member of the volleyball team.
MJC baseball earns postseason awards: After making the playoffs for the first time since 2015, MJC baseball had a couple of players named to the Big 8 Conference first team.
Freshman infielder Sean Gingerich (Oakdale) was named the Big 8 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year and made the first team along with sophomore pitchers Blane Abeyta (Ceres) and Tanner Shears (Enochs).
Head Coach Zeb Brayton was named the conference’s Co-Coach of the Year.
The Pirates lost to Santa Rosa, 4-1, in Game 1 of the California Community College Athletic Association Northern California Regional playoffs on Friday.
Game two is tomorrow at 11 a.m., and the teams will play if needed at 3 p.m.