Roberto Santana ripped a two-run single to help fuel a ninth-inning outburst for the Giants in a 7-2 win against Salisbury in an elimination game on Sunday at Fox Cities Stadium.
No. 25 Keystone (38-11) scored four runs in the ninth and keeps its hope alive for a national title. Santana was hitless in four at-bats before delivering the clutch single.
“Big-time players rise up in big-time situations,” Keystone head coach Jamie Shevchik told the official school site. “We still came out a little sloppy, waiting for that breakout game. Today was much better. We want to stick around as long as we can.”
Keystone finished with eight hits. Esteban Meletiche and Gabe Torres tallied two hits apiece and also came up with two RBI apiece in the win. Meletiche crushed a solo home run in the first inning.
Brad Higgins gave up just two runs on six hits in six innings of work. He struck out five and walked one as he helped lift the Giants to the win.
Tyler Bennett scored on an error to tie the game at one for the Sea Gulls (34-14) and a sacrifice fly by Brian Green knotted the game at 2-2 in the third.
Nathan Young took the loss. He pitched six innings and gave up three runs on six hits. He struck out two. Bennett and Nick Walls racked up two hits apiece for Salisbury.
orres ground out, but Ratchford would ground to first to end the threat.