One down, two to go for the Gonzaga Prep and Ferris baseball teams.
The Bullpups – who took game one 11-2 Wednesday afternoon at Ferris – and Saxons switch fields to finish out the regular Greater Spokane League season today and will meet again for the District 8 4A championship Monday at Whitworth.
Like two days before, Ferris spotted its foe six runs. But there would be no comeback like there was against Mead that secured second seed for the Saxons in the district playoff.
G-Prep (16-1) had better pitching and flirted with ending the game early in the fifth and sixth innings after Jordan Rathbone and Justin Blatner homered in the fourth to build a 10-0 lead.
Ferris (12-5) got a run back in the fourth and sixth to avoid becoming victims of the 10-run rule. The sixth-inning score was the first earned run Blatner has allowed in the GSL. It came after Jacob Clements walked and stole second ahead of an Adam Hoiness single, one of just two for Ferris.
“It’s my fault. I shouldn’t have played the first baseman behind (the baserunner),” G-Prep coach Brian Munhall said. “If we’re up by 11, we can do that. They wanted to extend the game and all of that’s on me.”
The Bullpups sent 12 men to the plate in the second, scoring six runs on five hits, including an RBI triple by Jack Slater.
Rathbone led off the fourth, made contact with a hanging curveball and sent it over the fence in left for the first home run.
“Rathbone’s was really pretty,” Munhall said. “The guy left a breaking ball up which usually gives high school hitters troubles. It was a mature swing.”
Three batters later, following two walks, Blatner hit his fifth homer of the year, pulling the blast to right that left him with four RBIs for the day.
Rathbone and Blatner stand 1-2 in GSL batting averages.
Zach Bonneau, batting sixth, reached base in all five of his at-bats, going 2 for 2, scoring three times and driving in a run.
“They don’t know their averages, but I always show them their on-base percentages,” Munhall said. “All they care about is being on base. That’s been a big part of our success.”
About the only thing that went wrong for the Bullpups were two misplayed infield pop-ups.
Today’s finale is senior day for the GSL champs, who have a three-game lead in the GSL. Five starters are among the 12 who will take the field.