The varsity baseball team beat Taft 8-5 on Wednesday, May 24, to win the Colonial League Championship for the second consecutive year.
The Pelicans opened up the top of the first inning versus Taft by tallying a run by junior Will Thramann. The Rhinos responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the first inning, stringing together three singles.
In the top of the second inning, senior Blais Herman drove a deep fly ball to right field to score senior Will Bellamy on a sacrifice fly. Senior Garret Keough drove in two more runs with another single. Junior Justin Pacheco capped off the scoring that inning with another RBI single, extending the Pelican lead to 5-1.
The Rhinos did not go down without a fight. Over the next two innings Taft put together rallies that scored two runs each inning to even the tally at five. After a scoreless fourth, Pelican pitcher Pacheco stepped to the plate and led off with a single. Eventually, pinch runner senior Eisuke Tanioka crossed the plate to give the Pelicans a 6-5 lead.
Senior Pat Craig came in to relief pitch in the fifth and face 10 batters to get nine hitless outs. The 6-5 lead was all the Pelicans needed to win, but they added two insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings to take a decisive 8-5 win. Connect for a full account of the game.
After the game the team learned that Avon Old Farms had lost and the Pelicans had earned sole custody of the Colonial League title.