|Harley Sears watches a high pitch go by. Sears registered three hits and three RBIs in Portola’s playoff win last Friday.|
The Portola High School baseball team, seeded fourth in the Division IV playoffs, eliminated fifth-seeded Biggs 15-0 in five innings last Friday, May 13.
“The boys have worked hard,” said Portola coach Tim Brubaker. “It’s been an interesting year with ups and downs, but the boys’ focus was really good. In playoff baseball, that’s what it takes.”
Pitcher Clinton Morris earned the win for the Portola Tigers, allowing just two hits over five innings and claiming the shutout.
“He battles hard,” said Brubaker. “I was really happy for him.”
On offense, the Tigers batted .500 as a team, with 10 hits and 13 RBIs.
Portola took an early lead with two runs in the bottom of the first inning, and then the second and third innings went scoreless.
The game was blown wide open in the fourth inning, when the Tigers brought 13 runs across the plate.
Senior outfielder Harley Sears came out of a hitting slump to lead Portola’s offense with three hits and three RBIs.
“He had a good game for us,” said Brubaker. “It was nice.”
Billy Broad and Morris delivered two hits apiece, while Broad and Kyle Heskett each claimed two RBIs.
With the win, Portola advanced to the semifinals and faced top-seeded Hamilton Tuesday, May 17. The results were not known at press time.
When the Tigers played Hamilton last month they lost 5-2, but Brubaker said his team didn’t play particularly well.
“If we play our baseball, we have a pretty good shot,” said Brubaker. “We’ll battle and see what happens.”