By Adam Paul, ecpreps.com
Photos by Don De Mars
May 7, 2019 (El Cajon) - With the game in extra innings and tied at 0-0 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Joseph Ingrassia (left, 1-2, RBI, 2B) came up and smashed a double to score the game-winning run for the Norsemen on Monday afternoon.
Both teams pitching was strong as neither offense was doing anything to put together any type of momentum.
Early on Steele Canyon (17-9 Overall, 8-3 GHL) in the bottom of the first inning would start off right as Aaron Taylor (1-4) led off with a single and Richard Pedrin (1-3) followed with a hit by pitch. Facing runners on, Ingrassia went to work and was able to get out of the jam.
Valhalla (20-6 Overall, 10-1 GVL) thought they had something when Kyle Casper (1-3, 2B) led off the bottom of the first with a double, but nothing more would come of it.
Moving along to the top of the fourth inning when once again, the Cougars would put multiple runners on base. It all started with Carlos Camacho leading off by reaching on an error followed by Sebastian Granados (1-3, 2B) walking. but once again Ingrassia got out of the jam.
After Valhalla couldn’t do anything in their half of the seventh, the Cougars had the first crack in extra innings. Steele Canyon looked like they were going to push across a run in the top of the eighth inning when with one out, Granados ripped a ball to left field for a double.
Steele Canyon was in business with a runner on in scoring position and only one out, but Riley O’Sullivan, who came into the game in the seventh inning, had other ideas. He was able to shut down the Cougars with punch outs of the next two batters to end the inning.
Still scoreless, the Norsemen with one out gave themselves the momentum when with one out Ryan Perot (2-3, R, 2B) jolted a lined shot to right field for a double, Kyle Casper followed with a walk. Up stepped Ingrassia, who drove in Perot for the game-winning RBI.
Taking the loss for the Cougars was Pedrin, who went 1.1 innings of relief in which he gave up one run on one hit while walking two and striking out two. Jack Schlotman started and went six innings, but got the no-decision in which he gave up no runs on three hits while walking one and striking out six.
On the other side for the Norsemen, it was O’Sullivan picking up the win in relief in which he went two innings in which he gave up no runs on three hits while walking no one and striking out three. Getting the start for the Norsemen was Joseph Ingrassia, who got a no-decision in his six innings of work in which he gave up no runs on three hits while walking three and fanning 12 on the day.
The win by Valhalla gives them the Grossmont Valley League Crown outright for the third consecutive year and also makes them winners of their last six out of seven contests entering the season finale on Wednesday at 4 p.m. out at Steele Canyon High.