After watching Skyline freshman Thomas Mora shut down Washington’s normally potent offense for a 3-0 Transbay Series-tying victory Thursday, Eagles senior Dan Reznik and sophomore O’Koyea Dickson decided to bring their team together for an impromptu meeting.
"I told everyone that we needed to give their pitcher a lot of respect for what he’d done and then we had to move on," Reznik said. "O’Koyea and I made sure everyone was keeping their heads up and remembered what we’ve been doing on offense all season. We knew we wouldn’t stay down for long."
In the Transbay finale Thursday at Skyline, Reznik, Dickson and the entire Eagles offense backed those words up with authority, collecting 20 hits on the way to a 16-12 victory — bringing home the title for third time and first since 1994.
Reznik went 4-for-5 with a home run, two runs and three RBIs. Dickson countered with an insane stat line of 4-for-4 with a home run, four runs scored and six RBIs. Not one to let a sophomore outshine him, Reznik also allowed just one earned run over four innings of solid pitching to pick up the win.
"We were just looking to get the four innings out of [Reznik]," said Eagles coach Rob Fung, beaming with pride. "He’s been a good bat for us all season, driving in runs. He stepped up big today."
Despite still being in his sophomore year, Dickson’s heroics in the do-or-die game hardly qualifies as a surprise. The slugger hit a 400-foot homer in the Academic Athletic Association championship game at AT&T Park.
With another title on the line Thursday, Dickson collected a pair doubles in his first two at-bats and hit a homer-trot single off the top of the center-field wall in the fifth inning before smashing a no-doubter 20 feet over the left-field wall in the sixth.
Washington struggled quite a bit defensively in the game, racking up seven errors and 11 unearned runs. The Titans rallied behind the splotchy defense late in the game, turning in a seven-run sixth inning to make the score 16-11 after the Eagles made an error on an out that should have ended the game by the mercy rule.