Skyline wins with a bit of luck

     The resilient Skyline Trojans baseball team won another game in their last at bats as they defeated De Anza 13-17 (6-10) 3-2 April 3.
     With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Trojan’s first baseman Chris Watters hit a soft ground ball to De Anza shortstop John Bustaisante, who rushed in to get the ball. Watters beat it out and Kyle McClain scored the winning run from third base.
     “That was sweet!” said Trojan starting pitcher David Lind who threw a complete game. “It went our way. It was our time now we have been getting the chop on most of those plays but this time it was our time today.”
     Coming into the ninth inning, Skyline was trailing 2-1 and the comeback started off with a walk by Trojan third basemen Aaron Grossman. Then Joe Collier bunted Grossman to second base. The following hitter second baseman McClain got on with a bunt single, which brought up leadoff hitter Brandon Ramsey. Swinging at the first pitch, Ramsey knocked a base hit between the shortstop and third baseman, allowing Grossman to tie the game at two apiece. After Will Vogl grounded out to Bustaisante, De Anza’s pitcher Colby Hernard intentionally walked Jermy Acey to face Watters. On a 1-0 count Watters hit a squib to the shortstop and beat out the throw to first base to win the game. This victory advanced the Trojans to third place in the Coast Conference North Division.
     “In this game sometimes you don’t have to be good just lucky,” said Trojan head coach Dino Nomicos. “Today we got lucky on that last hit.”
     In a close played game, Lind, who received a full scholarship offer from Hawaii-Hilo-pitched well, striking out eight batters and only walking two in nine innings over a 114-pitch span.
     “My stuff was working today,” Lind said. “I just went out there and threw my game and it worked for me.”