Pinewood claims first league title in baseball with win over Summit

Pinewood School’s first league championship in baseball didn’t come easy. The Panthers fell behind early but rallied late to beat Summit Prep 6-3 Thursday to claim the Private School Athletic League title.

“The game was exactly what you hope a championship game will be like,” Pinewood coach Casey Rowe said. “(There was) great action all game long and two competitive teams going at it.”

The Panthers trailed 3-1 after the first inning, scored twice in the third to tie the game and pulled ahead for good with a three-run fifth.

“Our entire team contributed,” Rowe said of the win. “We had at least one base hit from every guy on our lineup.”

Chris Burton, Pinewood’s lone senior, went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a walk. Jackson “Huck” Haun threw 6 1/3 innings for the win and Bo Fick got the last two batters out. Catcher Casey Bates “played his best all-around game of the year,” Rowe said.

Next stop: the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs. The 16th-seeded Panthers (14-5) – in the postseason for the first time – are slated to open against top seed Sacred Heart Cathedral (21-6) 4 p.m. today at San Francisco State.

“The guys were so excited to be league champs, and we are all so proud of them,” Rowe said. “Now we are shifting our focus to CCS, and hopefully we can keep this run going.”

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