Mead batters jumped all over Ferris’ Griffin Davis to start the game Tuesday, but the Saxons’ bats rescued Davis who ended up getting a complete-game victory in the 10-2 win.
The victory ended a three-game skid for Ferris, (10-7, 9-6 Greater Spokane League) which still could wiggle into a tie for third place in the GSL with Lewis and Clark (12-5, 11-4), which beat Shadle Park (12-5, 10-5) on Tuesday. The Saxons are mathematically eliminated from catching Gonzaga Prep (15-2, 14-1).
“We played error-free baseball,” Ferris coach Jim Sharkey said. “We’ve struggled defensively the last couple of weeks, so that was big for us.”
The Panthers struck first when leadoff hitter Daniel Munoz doubled off of Davis to open the game. Drew Clark then singled in Munoz. Later in the inning, Steven Soth hit a single to score Clark to put Mead up 2-0 in the top of the first inning.
But the Saxons came alive in the bottom of the second when Aaron Beaulaurier ripped a line drive to left-center field for a single. He later scored on a groundout by T.J. Liss to make it 2-1 Mead.
The Saxons then did most of their damage in the bottom of the third inning. After Tim Yoshihara walked, Tanner Parker hit a single to right field, which allowed Yoshihara to advance to third base.
Parker then stole second and the ball got away during the throw. Parker advanced to third base and Yoshihara scored to tie the game at 2.
Ferris then took the lead for good when Parker scored from third base on a wild pitch to make it 3-2 Saxons.
After Ferris catcher Alex Jondal stole second, Sharkey subbed in Isaiah Carpenter to run. Austin Batt then hit a ball to the Panther shortstop whose throw was called late to first base. As the play continued, Carpenter rounded third and slid under the throw at home plate to put Ferris up 4-2.
Batt then stole second and Adam Hoiness hit a towering pop-up to the Mead second baseman, who misplayed the ball. Batt then scored all the way from second to make it 5-2. Hoiness also stole second, setting him up to score when Liss hit a ball to left field to make it 6-2 Ferris.
“It felt good to end the streak of losing, that’s for sure,” said Jondal, who has committed to play baseball at Hawaii.
Mead coach Jason Reich said he knew his batters would have to get to Griffin Davis early if they were going to succeed.
“We did, but we just couldn’t find it again,” Reich said. “With a team like that, you can’t give them extra outs or they will make you pay for it.”