Cathedral Prep had two runners on and no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning of Wednesday’s Region 8 rivalry game against McDowell. The Ramblers also had the tying run coming to the plate.
The instincts of McDowell coach Mike Hayes told him to pull starting pitcher Cody Ballay at that point.
Ballay confidently told Hayes he could get out of the jam, and then emphatically proved it. The left-hander struck out the next three Ramblers to clinch the Trojans’ 4-1 victory at Ainsworth Field.
McDowell remained perfect at 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the region, while Prep dropped to 7-1, 3-1.
The teams will meet again May 12 at Jerry Uht Park.
– Mike Copper