HS Baseball: Great Oak wins Pirate Classic with 8-7 victory over Mission Hills

The Great Oak Wolfpack won the 2020 Pirate Classic championship Saturday, March 7, with a come from behind 8-7 win over Mission Hills. Courtesy photo.

Householder’s 2-run walk-off comes in dramatic fashion

TEMECULA – Just one day after fending off a Golden Bear attack in their Southwestern League opener, winning by one run, Great Oak did it again. A walk-off home run propelled the Wolfpack to a decisive, dramatic 8-7 victory over Mission Hills in the championship game of the Pirate Classic Saturday, March 7. A big day at the plate for Andruw Householder made a huge difference in the tale of the tape.

Great Oak’s Andruw Householder, pictured here in his Perfect Game profile picture, went 4-for-5 at the plate with a game winning 2-run inside the park homerun in the seventh inning. Courtesy photo.

Trailing 7-6 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Householder hit an inside the park homerun on a 2-2 count, scoring two runs. The junior slugger went 4-for-5 at the plate with a single in the first, a double in the second, another single in the third, and wrapped up his day at the plate with his big hit in the seventh.

Great Oak (7-3) got on the board in the first inning when Ethan Wayer drove in one run on a single and from there, they racked up ten hits on the day. Householder and Will Potter each had multiple hit games for Great Oak.

Jordan Moskal started the game for Great Oak, but it was Asher Farley who got the win. Farley went one inning, allowing zero runs on zero hits, striking out one and walking zero. Moskal gave up six runs on eight hits over six innings, walking one.

Senior second baseman, Martin Castillo, launches a triple against Mission Hills in the final game of the 2020 Pirate Classic Saturday, March 7, at Great Oak High School. Courtesy photo.

Delvecchio started the game for Mission Hills. He surrendered six runs on six hits over two and a third innings, striking out three, but Browne took the loss for Mission Hills. He went two-thirds of an inning, allowing two runs on two hits, striking out one and walking zero.

Mission Hills collected ten hits on the day as well. Scott and Hatch each collected multiple hits for Mission Hills. Scott led Mission Hills with four hits in four at bats.

The Great Oak Wolfpack will pick back up with action in the Southwestern League this week against Murrieta Mesa and Murrieta Valley.

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