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Pinewood’s Bo Fick keeps his eyes on the ball in a recent game. The senior drove in the winning run last week, sending the Panthers to the playoffs.
The Pinewood School baseball team’s seventh-inning rally Thursday resulted in a 4-3 win over Thomas More and a return trip to the playoffs.
The Panthers and Knights finished the regular season as co-champs of the Private School Athletic League South Division at 9-1, setting up last week’s showdown for the division’s lone automatic playoff berth.
Down 3-0 entering the seventh, visiting Pinewood scored four runs to take the lead.
“We hit the ball well all day,” Panthers coach Casey Rowe said, “and I kind of expected that once we got a run, they would come in bunches.”
Connor Riches walked to open the seventh, advanced to second on a passed ball and went to third on a ground out. Another grounder enabled him to score Pinewood’s first run. With two away, Liam Smith walked and soon scored on Eric Burton’s triple to the fence. An infield error brought Burton home, tying the game. The Knights intentionally walked Jackson Haun, who later scored from second on Bo Fick’s infield single to put the Panthers ahead. Colton Budge, who pitched the final three innings in relief of Haun, set down More in order in the bottom of the frame. “He pitched great,” Rowe said.
No. 8 Pinewood (12-3) is set to meet No. 1 St. Francis-Watsonville (18-7) in Saturday’s Central Coast Section Division III quarterfinals.
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