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Four-run rally gives El Dorado baseball walk-off win over Granada Hills in National Classic – Orange County Register

El Dorado’s Diego Gonzalez drives past catcher Granada Hills Charter to score the winning run in a come-from-behind victory, 7-6, in the quarterfinals of the National Classic on Wednesday, April 3. (Photo by Lou Ponsi)

PLACENTIA — Mason Kim’s two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday propelled the El Dorado baseball team to a 7-6 come-from-behind victory over Granada Hills Charter in the quarterfinals of the National High School Classic Eldorado.

Kim’s hit came with one out and on a 0-2 count. That capped a four-run inning for the Golden Hawks, who trailed by three runs heading into their final at-bat.

“I was just looking for something close,” Kim said. “I knew I was going to bring down another slider. I saw him coming a little bit outside and I had to drive him the other way and he kind of went to the right side of the centre-back.

Mason Kim hit a two-run single in the seventh inning to give El Dorado a 7-6 victory over Granada Hills Charter in the quarterfinals of the National Classic on Wednesday, April 3.  (Photo by Lou Ponsi)
Mason Kim hit a two-run single in the seventh inning to give El Dorado a 7-6 victory over Granada Hills Charter in the quarterfinals of the National Classic on Wednesday, April 3. (Photo by Lou Ponsi)

Kim’s hit drove Diego Gonzalez and Travis Maxwell to second and third, respectively, after they both singled to drive in runs, setting the stage for Kim.

Jake Vanderzee, who went 2 for 2 with two runs scored, was hit by a pitch to start the inning and Brady Abner followed with a walk.

Maxwell, who went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored, hit a home run single against Vanderzee and Gonzalez singled to Abner.

El Dorado (11-8) left runners on base and in scoring position in every inning before the seventh.

The Hawks led 2-0 after three, but stranded five runners during that sequence combined with two shaky innings on the field that proved costly.

In the fourth, Justin Barnett hit a two-run single to tie the score for the Highlanders, then scored the go-ahead run on an error and a wild pitch.

Granada Hills’ Tristian Jennings led off the fifth with a double, then scored on a Jackson Lyons single to give the Highlanders a 4-2 lead.

Lyons, who went 2 for 4 with an RBI and four stolen bases, then scored on an error to make it 5-2.

The Hawks scored an unearned pleasure in the sixth to make it 5-3, but the Highlanders got that run back immediately on the Easton Hawks’ solo home run in the seventh.

“We didn’t play the cleanest game but they fought,” El Dorado coach Matt Lucas said. “These guys are on a streak and they’ve been fighting since a 1-0 win against Villa Park a few weeks ago, so that’s the sort of thing we want to see with the start of the league next week. “

El Dorado is scheduled to face Gahr in the National Clasisc semifinals at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at El Dorado High.

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