The Chandler Hamilton baseball team led Las Vegas Bishop Gorman from the top of the first inning until the final pitch left Jake Andrews’ hand.
But not after it went over the wall.
The Huskies had the Gaels on the ropes all day but couldn’t finish them off, and a two-run walk-off homer by T.J. White with one out in the bottom of the seventh gave Bishop Gorman a 4-3 victory in the Big League Dugout Invitational on Monday at Horizon.
Bishop Gorman is the top-ranked team in the country according to Maxpreps.com.
“On a 2-0 fastball, sometimes that’s going to happen,” Hamilton coach Mike Woods said. “What are you going to do?”
The Huskies jumped ahead 2-0 in the first inning when Mitch Nay drove a hanging curveball out of the park to center field. Hamilton pushed the lead to 3-0 when Colton Frabasilio knocked in Malcolm Holland with a single in the top of the third. There was a chance for more with the bases loaded and one out, but Trent Goodrich grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Hamilton had Parker Osborne on third base with one out in the fourth, but he was thrown out at the plate on a line drive single to center by Kyle Pechloff because he tried to go back and tag since the ball was close to being caught.
“That was kind of a freaky play,” Woods said.
The Huskies wouldn’t get another runner on base for the next three innings, and Bishop Gorman slowly chipped away. The Gaels scored two runs in the fifth inning, although White grounded out to shortstop with the bases loaded as Hamilton clung to a one-run lead.
It stayed that way into the seventh. Andrews got the first batter out, but Johnny Sewald walked ahead of White, who sent the game-winning blast over the left field fence.
Woods said the atmosphere of the game will likely help in the long run despite the sting of the close loss.
“I was proud of them,” Woods said. “They played a good baseball game. Our goal is not to win the Dugout Invitational, our goal is to win a state championship.”