The win sent the Knights on to the first round of the playoffs
ALOHA - David Douglas tried to steal victory twice, but Aloha caught them red-handed each time to earn a 6-5 victory last Thursday and take the final berth into the Metro-area AAA American Legion baseball playoffs.
The Scots were on the verge of breaking a 5-5 tie after loading the bases in the sixth inning. But a Douglas base runner was tagged out at the plate on a steal attempt, and Aloha reliever Dylan Jones ended the inning with a strikeout on the next pitch. Jones struck out five batters and surrendered only one hit through the final three innings
David Douglas tried the strategy again in extra innings, but the runner got caught in a run-down halfway to the plate.
Then, Aloha ended the game in the bottom of the eighth when Zak Kokesh led off with a single and scored four batters later when Jones sent a two-out single into shallow center field.
'I just wanted to put the ball in play and make something happen,' Kokesh said. 'We never had the feeling that we were too far down for a comeback.'
David Douglas built a 5-1 lead early in the game highlighted by solo homers from Evan Jensen and Trent Golleher. But Aloha took advantage of a series of errors in the fourth inning, pulling even on a dropped infield fly that allowed the tying run to score. Shortstop Travis Holz added a two-run single during the burst.
'We capitalized on some mistakes they made,' Knights' coach Darren Bland said. 'We were getting no-hit early on, but we still had a run on the scoreboard. We felt pretty good about that.'
Aloha had a chance to end the game in regulation when Joe Dimeo blasted a triple over the right fielder to start the seventh inning. But he was frozen in place by three infield grounders.
For more on the Knights' best two-of-three playoff series against East County, see the accompanying story.