Roach, Gaels roll despite rocky defense

If the double play is a pitcher’s best friend, then his worst enemy is probably the error.

But Bishop Gorman right-hander Donn Roach didn’t let his teammates’ miscues cost the team on Sunday.

Roach allowed one run on four hits in seven innings as the defending state champion Gaels overcame six errors to defeat Reno 6-1 in the American Legion state baseball tournament at UNLV’s Wilson Stadium.

"It’s a credit to Donnie Roach and the type of game he threw," Gorman coach Chris Sheff said. "We make six errors, and probably more like seven, and still they get one run on us and only four hits.

"The one thing we’ve preached to our staff is we’re going to make mistakes sometimes, but you’ve got to overcome it and pitch your game, and he did today."

The left side of Gorman’s infield combined to make five errors, but Roach overcame his team’s rocky defense.

The Gaels (52-20) led 5-1 going into the fifth inning but committed errors on back-to-back plays to start the inning.

A sacrifice bunt gave Reno (38-25) runners on second and third with one out and the team’s No. 3 and No. 4 hitters coming to the plate.

But Roach struck out Shawn Walters and Max Marin to end the threat, and the Knights didn’t threaten again.

"He got the strikeout with second and third, and that was the key to the game," Sheff said. "It was obviously a turning point for them."

Roach, who moved to 8-3 on the summer, struck out eight and walked none.

"We have a couple other kids with a better record than he has, but he’s pitched every one of our high-profile games," Sheff said of Roach. "Really for the last three years he’s been the guy that steps up and pitches our high-profile games. It’s a credit to him.

"He’s being looked at by some pretty neat schools: Arizona, Pepperdine and some others that are on him.

* Durango 13, Spring Valley 12 — Danny Reynolds singled up the middle to score Ricky Gonzalez with one out in the top of the 10th to lift the Trailblazers over the second-seeded Grizzlies.

Durango led 12-2 in the seventh and nearly ended the game by the 10-run rule before Spring Valley rallied for three runs to keep the game going.

Then in the bottom of the ninth, the Grizzlies scored seven runs to tie the game and force extra innings.

Spring Valley sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning, and had six hits. Enzo Bellow had a two-run triple to cut the lead to one, and then scored the tying run on a wild pitch.

Gonzalez then led off the 10th with a single. He went to second on a sacrifice bunt, and took third on a wild pitch.

Billy Ward was 4-for-6 to lead the Grizzlies, who had 17 hits.

Brad Johnson was 3-for-5 with three runs for Durango, which had 18 hits. Both teams committed six errors.

Durango plays Bishop Gorman at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Spring Valley plays Reno at 5 on Tuesday.

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