Bishop Gorman’s Neil Lawhorn may be a freshman, but he doesn’t swing a baseball bat like one.
With the Gaels trailing by a run, Lawhorn crushed a pinch-hit home run to lead off the seventh inning, and Bishop Gorman added three more runs on the way to a 7-4 road win over Sierra Vista on Friday.
“Our team never gave up, and a freshman stepped it up big, Neil Lawhorn, and hit a huge home run,” said senior pitcher Taylor Cole, who went the distance to get the win.
After Lawhorn’s shot tied it, Scott Dysinger walked with one out and went to second on a wild pitch. Jeff Malm’s infield single put runners on the corners.
Cole then put down a safety-squeeze bunt, with Dysinger beating the throw to the plate for the go-ahead run.
Brandon Garcia’s two-run triple closed the scoring.
Cole allowed three earned runs on eight hits. He struck out seven and walked three.
He said getting a win on Friday after losing 1-0 in 11 innings to Bonanza on Thursday was a big boost for the team.
The Gaels (6-2 Southwest) are a game behind Sierra Vista (8-2) and a half game behind Durango (7-2) in the Southwest Division with four league games remaining.
“It was a big game,” Cole said. “We’re getting toward the tail end of league here, and every game matters.”
Gorman struck first with three runs in the top of the first on RBI singles by Dysinger and Cole and a sacrifice bunt by John Rickard.
But the Lions responded with a run in the second and three more in the third to take the lead.
“What makes this team special is we’re always able to believe and bounce back,” Cole said. “Sometimes we panic a little bit, but for the most part we try to stay calm, and that’s what makes us special. We never give up.”
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