It’s always nice to send your fans home happy.
And it’s even nicer when you can do that with a last-inning rally.
The Gridley High School baseball team did just that last Friday afternoon at home. Entering the last half of the seventh inning trailing area rival Corning, 1-0, the Bulldogs got two runs in the frame to power to a 2-1 victory.
Ty Cota drove in the winning run for Gridley.
With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 18-3-1 overall in 2018 (6-0 BVL).
Lance Santerre turned in another great showing on the mound, going the distance and striking out 14. He also went 2-for-3 at the plate. Cota was 2-for-2 with the aforementioned game-winning RBI. Randy Miller was 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Gridley coach Dan Crabtree said his team continues to play good baseball in all three phases of the game and find ways to win.
The Bulldogs are entering the home stretch of the season in great shape. They were scheduled to host Wheatland Tuesday afternoon and travel to Willows on Thursday.
Next week, the Bulldogs will close out the 2018 regular season with a pair of pivotal matchups against perennial rival Sutter. Gridley will host Sutter on Tuesday, May 1 and travel to Sutter on Thursday, May 3. Sandwiched in between those two contests will be a nonleague game on the road at Marysville on Wednesday, May 2.
In other area baseball action from last week, Biggs dropped a doubleheader at home against Quincy. The Wolverines fell to the Trojans in the opener, 5-4, and dropped the nightcap, 6-2.
With the losses, Biggs well to 10-4 in 2018. The Wolverines were scheduled to travel to Chester on Tuesday of this week and host Portola in an MVL doubleheader on Friday. First pitch of Game 1 is slated for 1 p.m., with Game 2 scheduled to follow at about 3 p.m.
Biggs softball, meanwhile, swept a doubleheader from Quincy, taking the first game, 8-4 and winning the nightcap, 11-1. The Wolverines improved to 18-4 (4-0 MVL). Savannah Rogers picked up the wins in both games, dropping her ERA to 1.17.
Biggs hosts Portola in a MVL doubleheader this Friday. First pitch of Game 1 is slated for 2 p.m., with Game 2 scheduled to follow at about 4 p.m.