Law defeats Foran, 8-4 behind big fifth inning
Richie Dow, Kevin Johnson and Kurt Holden had RBIs in the fifth inning when Jonathan Law broke a 2-2 tie and went on to defeat Foran High, 8-4, in an SCC baseball match-up at Ken Walker Field on Saturday.
Kevin Johnson got the win for coach Greg Simler’s Lawmen (9-2). Ian Zona took the loss for coach Garrett Walker’s Lions (3-8).
“Kevin threw last Wednesday (against Daniel Hand) and it was his turn in the rotation,” Simler said about pitching Johnson, who had shutout Foran 11-0 on April 12. “He always keeps us in the game.”
Johnson helped himself with a leadoff home run in the top of the second, to boost Law’s lead to 2-0 as Jimmy Palmer had singled home Jake Rouse in the first inning.
Sam Olsson and Dillon Brown drew walks to start the Lions’ fourth inning, and Tyler Chacho doubled to the fence in left-center to drive in both runners.
Law took back the lead in its next at bat. Mack Taylor was hit by a pitch, Rouse doubled him to third and Dow singled him home.
After Dillon Rocha walked to load the bases, Johnson singled in a run. Horton’s fielder’s choice groundout plated the third run of the frame.
Law boosted its advantage to 8-2 in the sixth inning.
Taylor pulled a one-out pitch over the fence in right field for a home run.
Rouse walked and Palmer doubled him home and scored when Dow reached relief pitcher Adam Antonini with a double.
Foran rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Tyler Kasuba singled for Foran’s fourth hit to start the rally, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Brown’s two-out single.
Chacho doubled him across the plate and Johnson hit his third Lion to keep the inning alive, before he put his 10th strikeout in the book to end the game.
“Kevin’s a good pitcher and its never good to see a pitcher of his caliber twice in one year,” Walker said. “I trust my guys. Tyler (Chacho) had two balls off the fence. I liked the way we kept swinging the bats.”