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Legacy rallies past Faith Lutheran for baseball win

Legacy’s baseball team went into the bottom of the seventh inning with its chances of winning the game and making the playoffs fading fast.

That all changed in a heartbeat.

The Longhorns rallied for five runs in the seventh en route to a 7-2 home win over Faith Lutheran on Tuesday.

“That’s something this team hasn’t done all year, really,” Legacy coach Bill Dexheimer said. “We haven’t really been able to come back like that. So it’s good to see. Hopefully we build some confidence going into the rest of our conference (season).”

Legacy (8-10) moved to 5-5 in the Northwest League, a game back of Arbor View for fourth place. The top four teams advance to the playoffs.

“We’ve been right there. It seems like all our games have been one or two plays either defensively or offensively that have been putting us in the win column or the loss column,” Dexheimer said.

A big swing by senior Dylan Baumgarte helped secure Tuesday’s win.

After Ryan Calsada hit a bases-loaded single with one out to score Josh Torres and cut the lead to 6-3, Baumgarte lined a three-run triple to the gap in right-center to tie the score.

After a strikeout, Brandon Gannotice and Ashton Leahey walked to load the bases. Torres, who started the inning by drawing a walk, then hit a soft liner just out of the reach of Faith Lutheran second baseman David Edson to score Baumgarte with the winning run.

Faith Lutheran (10-10, 7-4) had taken control in the top of the sixth, scoring three runs against tiring Legacy starter Brayden Torres.

Brayden Torres had allowed a run on four hits through five innings, but the Crusaders scored three runs on four hits to take a 4-2 lead.

Brayden Torres struck out 11 in six innings, throwing 112 pitches.

Faith Lutheran added two runs in the seventh on Caleb Summerhays’ solo homer and Brett Yee’s RBI double.

Baumgarte was 2-for-4 with two runs, and Alex Wenzel went 3-for-4 with two runs for Legacy.

Contact prep sports editor Damon Seiters at dseiters@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-4587.

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