Gerbasi's hit gives Bruins upset win over No. 2 Pats

April 03, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

Junior Dan Gerbasi knocked in the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning in two games as No. 20 Broadneck won its own 10th annual Holiday Baseball Tournament for only the second time.

The Bruins (3-0), who had last won their own tournament in 1986, upset No. 2 Old Mill (1-1) in yesterday's final, 2-1, after edging 4-1 Loyola, 4-3, in the first game in extra innings.

Old Mill advanced to the final by nipping Archbishop Curley, 6-5, on sophomore Brian Bogle's game-winning hit. Ryan Wood homered and Ken Pumphrey picked up the win in relief.

Old Mill, winners of five of the first six Bruin invitationals, was three outs from taking its first title since 1989.

A pitcher's duel between Broadneck's Gerbasi and Old Mill's Jeff Haynie resulted in seven scoreless innings. All the scoring came in the eighth with neither starter around.

Stover lifted Gerbasi (seven innings, no runs, three hits, one walk, one hit batter, three strikeouts) for Matt Slater in the eighth. Slater walked the Patriots' leadoff batter Joe Barnes who moved to second as Bogle intentionally slapped the ball to the right side.

Barnes came home on Jimmy Greer's base hit to center and stole second. Slater pitched out of the inning and the Bruins came to bat.

Sean Ryan, who had two score less innings of relief for Ryan Parr in the first game, started the bottom of the eighth with a ground single through the right side.

Jim Pavao came in to run for Ryan, who had seven assists and one putout without an error at shortstop in the second game.

A perfect sacrifice bunt by Brian Hannon moved Pavao to second and Haynie (7 2/3 innings, four hits, two runs, one walk, one hit batter, one strikeout) plucked Yancey Quigley on the shoulder to put two on.

Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery brought in junior reliever Tim McGurk. Adam Simonsen singled to right, scoring Pavao from second and sending Quigley to third.

Bruins' cleanup hitter Brian Zimmerman popped to shortstop Ryan Wood, and Gerbasi re-entered for Slater. Gerbasi's ground ball found a hole on the right side between first and second, and Quigley scored the winning run.

"I was just looking for a good pitch to hit and knew I had a chance to win the game again," said Gerbasi. "Old Mill is ranked No. 2 and this was a chance for us to gain some respect."

In the victory over Loyola, Gerbasi missed a suicide squeeze with runners on first and third and one out in the bottom of the eighth, but then redeemed himself when he stroked a single to center to score Simonsen with the winning run.

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