The Birmingham High baseball coach was winded by so many sprints to the mound trying to keep his pitcher composed. The pitcher was cramping under the hot summer sun at Dodger Stadium, insisting he wasn’t coming out. The fans were getting nervous, particularly the seniors who were supposed to head on a bus to Disneyland for grad night right afterward.
Yes, there was a lot of pressure Saturday afternoon on coach Matt Mowry and left-handed pitcher Eddie Rosales. The Patriots had somehow taken a three-run lead over top-seeded Chatsworth, everyone’s favorite to win the City Section Division I championship.
Suddenly, the Chancellors were in rally mold. When Josh Medina delivered a two-run, two-out double in the bottom of the seventh, Chatsworth had the tying run on second. Then Rosales got Alex Milone to fly out to end the game. Birmingham really did beat Chatsworth, 4-3. The Patriots celebrated by sending Rosales to the bottom of a dogpile
“I’m going to Disneyland and we’re City champs,” a smiling Rosales said.