Serra falls in semis sports ongoing chest pain

Troy was all business as he walked off the field, but his team rallied around him for saving the game for Los Gatos, and preserving the win for starting pitcher Trevor Allen. The junior left-hander went the distance, gritting through the seventh inning after allowing just three hits and striking out five.

“You’ve got to get out here and it’s a new park, you’re in a bigger environment and you kind of just have to get yourself settled in,” Serra manager Chris Houle said. “And they just put a couple good swings on the ball. A couple good pitches they got to hit in that first inning and they took advantage of that. They came through in that situation.”

Wildcats leadoff man Luke Short got hit by a lazy curveball. And with one out, Troy drew a 3-2 walk to set the table. After a sharp single to right by cleanup hitter Tyler Williams to load the bases, Thomas Moore cashed in.

A senior catcher, Moore caught up with a fastball across the letters and gunned it up the gap in right-center to drive home two.

Pitching with a 2-0 lead, Allen threw seamlessly into the fifth. After a leadoff single to Shimabuku in the first, the junior right-hander Allen set down the next nine batters in order. Then he got some help from his defense to start the fourth when J.J. Ota led off with a seeing-eye single to center. On the play, though, Los Gatos’ center fielder Short charged hard to make an aggressive throw behind Ota at first, and with the senior rounding the bag too far, the throw beat him back to the bag for the first out of the inning.

Allen breezed through the rest of the frame. But Dowd had settled in for the Padres to match zeroes with Allen in the second, third and fourth. Dowd had to pitch through trouble in the fourth as Moore led off with a double over the bag at third. But after a groundout moved Moore to third, Los Gatos botched a squeeze attempt, and Serra was able to run down Moore to escape the threat.

Then in the fifth, the Padres got on the board. Senior third baseman Jack Damelio grinded out a leadoff walk. Noah Marcelo followed by hitting a tailor-made double play grounder to third, but Los Gatos booted it to put runners at first and second. Then with two outs and runners at the corners, No. 9 hitter Marek Palladino hit a chopper back through the middle that clipped the glove of the pitcher Allen, forcing Troy the second baseman to charge onto the grass and make a diving throw. Palladino got to first with a head-first dive, allowing pinch runner Tucker Tollman to score from third.

The Padres turned to senior left-hander Nick Lopez, who had to escape a bases-loaded jam after a one-out single by Allen. After a strikeout looking for the second out of the inning, Lopez fell behind 3-0 to No. 9 hitter Jarred Mazafferro. Lopez recovered through, running the count full before inducing a routine fly to right for the third out of the inning.

Serra had to overcome several injuries to get back to the CCS Open Division playoffs. The Padres’ best player, senior catcher Cameron Barstad, spent the last six weeks of the season on the disabled list. It wasn’t the only injury Serra endured, but the team embraced the next-man-up philosophy, Houle said.

“It was a lot of things,” Houle said. “As I told them, we overcame some adversity throughout the year. Injuries, guys not feeling great, we had to move some guys around and ask them to play different positions. And guys came through. They worked their butts off all year long. This is what they played for, and they wanted to get here. And they did. They got back here. And it’s one swing here, one swing there, and we could be on the winning side. That’s the way baseball is sometimes.”