Baseball: Long Beach Poly pulls out 2-1 win in 12 innings
High school baseball games don't get much better than Thursday night's Moore League title decider at Blair Field. Long Beach Poly defeated Long Beach Wilson, 2-1, on Xavier Lavelle's two-run double in the bottom of the 12th.
Poly finishes the regular season 24-6 and 11-1. Wilson is 23-7 and 9-3.
Wilson's Chase DeJong didn't allow a hit in 10 scoreless innings while striking out 12. He was almost matched in scoreless innings by Poly's Chris Castellanos, who struck out 13 in nine scoreless innings.
DeJong was determined to get his team a victory, and he came through with a triple to lead off the 12th. Pinch runner Logan Burns scored the game's first run on an error.
In the bottom of the 12th, Poly's Jeff Turley drew a leadoff walk against Mike Semonsen. Peter Fierros followed with a single and then Lavelle lined a double down the right-field line to drive in the tying and winning runs and start a joyous victory celebration for the Jackrabbits, who hadn't won a league title by themsevles since 1968.
-- Eric Sondheimer