Jonas Whitten was stellar on the mound and the Bishop Manogue offense gave him a comfortable lead and they might have lifted the Miners into a first-round home playoff game.
The Miners held off Reno, 5-3, Wednesday at Reno to move into fourth place, which would give them a first-round-round home playoff game for the Regional baseball tournament next week. Manogue improved to 13-8 and will host Reno (16-5) at 3:45 p.m., Thursday in the last day of the regular season. Damonte is fifth at 12-9 and plays Galena again Thursday. The Grizzlies clinched the league title with their win over Damonte.
Manogue scored four runs in the first inning Wednesday and led 5-2 after two.
Still trailing 5-2 after six, Reno got the bases loaded with no outs in the seventh. Hayes Riedeman hit a fly to center to get a run in, but reliever Cole Salacies, also a sophomore like Whitten, got the last two outs.
“We always seem to make it interesting in the end. That was a tough spot to put Cole in, but he stepped up and threw strikes and we made plays,” Manogue coach Charles Oppio said.
Oppio said Whitten has had a roller-coaster season.
“He really got out of some tough situations,” Oppio said. “Hopefully he took a big step. He’s got a great arm, he’s a great talent, he’s just got to put it all together.”
Shane Andrews was 3-for-4 for the Miners and Jordan Hunt was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI. Anthony Galati was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
“It got scary at the end there, but that’s you how grind out a win,” Andrews said. “We’re getting a lot of momentum going into playoffs. We’re going to face a bunch of tough teams. The league is pretty even, anybody can beat anybody.”
Whitten said he’s just working on throwing strikes and being efficient.
Reno coach Pete Savage said the Huskies weren’t ready to play and that they will learn from their mistakes.
“The most important thing is how we play and we have to have a better approach,” Savage said. “It’s all about getting back up and do a better job tomorrow.”
The Huskies loaded the bases four times in the game.
Christian Chamberlain was 3-for-4 and Hayes Riedeman drove in two runs for the Huskies.
Galena clinched the Northern Division I regular-season title with its 6-3 win over Damonte Ranch. Sami Baig, Austin Wickham and Andrew West each went 2-for-3 for the Grizzlies who improved to 19-2. Tyler Assif got the win.
Zack Jensen was 4-for-4 for the Mustangs and Jacob Applebach drove in two runs.
Ryan Anderson struck out 11 and allowed three hits as Spanish Springs shut out Reed, 6-0.
Carson McCusker was 3-for-4 and drove in two runs and Josh Prizina also drove in two for the Cougars. Dalton O’Connell was 2-for-3 as the Cougars improved to 12-9
Benny Peck was 2-for-3 for the Raiders who fell to 10-11. Reed is one game ahead of Douglas (9-12) for the last playoff berth.
Spanish Springs plays at Reed on Thursday.
Carson beat Douglas, 8-5, to improve to 15-6 and is in third place.
Wooster (7-15) beat Hug, 9-2, as Logan Weeks struck out 11 in a complete game effort. RJ Gordon was 3-for-4 with 4 RBI.
McQueen (11-10) is in seventh and plays at North Valleys on Thursday.
Northern Division I Standings