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Falcons advance with 10-6 win over Braves

Regan brings the game-winner around with hit

La Salle Prep's baseball team used timely hitting and solid defensive play to get by Banks 10-6 in a May 17 Class 4A play-in game at La Salle.

Trailing 4-3, the Falcons scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth and three more in the fifth frame to put the Braves away.

They scored four times in the fourth on three hits, a walk and a Brave error; and three times in the fifth on two errors and a home run.

Aaron Bredl and Sean Hays (2-for-2, 4 RBI) reached in the fourth with base hits, Cody Farnes walked to load the bases with two down. Cameron Young (2-for-4, 3 runs scored) brought two runs around when his fly ball to deep center was dropped by a Brave outfielder. Erich Regan then plated what would prove the game-winner with a base hit.

Sam Eichhorn and Sam Davis both reached on errors in the fifth, and Hays followed with a two-out, three-run home run, the first roundtripper of his high school career.

The Braves threatened to rally back in the seventh. Two singles, two walks and a fielder's choice brought two runs across. The bases were loaded when Alex Reese hauled down a pop fly at third to end the game.

La Salle pitchers Trey Norton, Hays and Davis combined to strike out nine, but the Braves reached them for 11 hits and seven free passes.

The Falcons supported their pitchers with error-free defensive play. They reached Banks pitchers for 10 hits and didn't strike out once. Only four of the Falcons' 10 runs were earned.

'We kept the pressure on and forced them to make errors, and we got timely two-out hitting,' said La Salle coach Mike Reed. 'To Banks' credit, they swung the bats and played aggressively. They're a good hitting team.'

Reed offered thanks to Gladstone for the Gladiators' upset of Astoria.

'It gave us a home game, and now we don't have to play Astoria, because they're out of the playoffs,' Reed said.

Reed said his Falcons would have likely been matched up with Astoria in today's first round of the playoffs, had Astoria defeated Gladstone.

The tenth-ranked Falcons entertain 15th-ranked Hidden Valley (14-6, 9-6) this afternoon in their first-round playoff game.