Knights, Falcons Escape

St. Francis High’s David Olmedo-Barrera had one thing on his mind when he entered the batter’s box last Friday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Field: get the runner home from third base.

With the bases loaded and one out, Olmedo-Barrera’s single lifted the host Golden Knights to a 2-1 victory over Notre Dame in a Mission League baseball game.

Several hours later at Stengel Field, Crescenta Valley pitcher Elliot Surrey struck out 11 Pasadena hitters en route to a complete-game effort that pushed the Falcons past the visiting Bulldogs 3-2 in a Pacific League clash.

Who said low-scoring games aren’t exciting? They are, and while most prefer high-scoring affairs, there’s something to be said for close decisions.

Olmedo-Barrera’s seventh-inning hit up the middle, and Surrey’s route-going outing was just what the doctor ordered for their respective programs, which had been in a slight funk of late.

The winning run was scored by Tommy Scheper, who walked to open the frame, advanced to second base on Daniel Porto’s sacrifice, and sped to third base on a botched force attempt.

St. Francis (5-6 and 2-2 in league) also downed Notre Dame 6-2 three days earlier when Anders Schraer smacked a two-out, three-run double in the sixth inning that made it 5-2, and was even credited with the save.

Hurler Will Larkin (3-1) got the win on Friday, but also allowed a single to Brett Sesma in the seventh, who raced to second base on a wild pitch.

Larkin, who gave up seven hits, retired Jordan Myrow on a fly out, but Payton Milone’s run-scoring hit made it 1-1.

St. Francis scored a run in the bottom of the first inning when Olmedo-Barrera tripled to lead off, and scored on Jeff Garavaglia’s one-out single.

Designated hitter Michael Russo (two singles) drove in the game-winner for the Falcons (3-3 and 1-0 in league) in the fifth inning.

In the second inning, Troy Prasertsit singled, and Russo singled with one out. Ted Boeke’s double scored Prasertsit to make it 1-0. Troy Mulcahey’s booming home run in the third inning made it 2-0.

Ahead by two runs, Surrey (2-0), who surrendered two hits, gave up two runs in the fourth inning to the Bulldogs (3-4 and 0-1 in league), but settled down and was dominant.

In another game, Hoover’s Kevin Mendoza had three hits during the Tornadoes’ 12-5 rout of host Muir.

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