Bishop McLaughlin wraps up a title the hard way

Bishop McLaughlin fell behind 4-1, stranded 14 runners, committed five errors and nearly lost two senior starters the day before with serious injuries, but apparently nothing would stop the Hurricanes from capturing the Class A, District 7 championship Thursday afternoon.

Published April 28, 2007

Rallying behind the bats of injured catcher Rob Gallagher and third baseman Brandon Markes and the relief pitching of Chris Overbeck, the Hurricanes rallied to a 6-5 victory over Seven Rivers Christian to advance to Tuesday's region quarterfinals.

The Hurricanes 18-6 overcame a two-run homer by Justin Richardson that helped give Seven Rivers a 4-1 edge heading into the bottom of the fifth.

"We looked a little bit worried when we got down there in the second inning, " coach Nick Rodriguez said. "It was the first time in this situation for these guys. I think they were doubting themselves a little."

In the bottom of the fifth, Bishop McLaughlin drew three walks and got two timely hits to tie it at 4. They took the lead in the sixth before allowing Seven Rivers to tie it in the seventh.

After Overbeck, who threw five innings of one-run ball after firing a shutout in the district semifinal, put Seven Rivers down 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth, the Hurricanes staged one final rally.

After the first two batters were retired, a walk and error put runners on base, with both moving to second and third.

Markes was intentionally walked, and after fouling a few pitches off, Chris Redfield singled in the winner.

John C. Cotey can be reached at (727) 869-6261 or johncotey@gmail.com.