Sacred Heart Cathedral center fielder Tevin Goodwin had a chance to end the game against rival
St. Ignatius in the bottom of the seventh inning with the bases loaded and one out.
The senior struck out swinging on a fastball well off the plate, but got a second chance with the game still knotted at 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth.
In the same exact situation, with the bases loaded and one out, Goodwin swung at the same pitch, a fastball outside and off the plate, but this time he made contact.
Even with the St. Ignatius infield drawn in, Goodwin reached on a softly hit single to the right side of the infield and Brett Rasso scored the game-winning run without a throw coming to the plate in the Irish’s 4-3 walk-off win in West Catholic Athletic League play on Tuesday at Moscone Recreation Center.
“It wasn’t pretty, but it got the job done,” Goodwin said. “I was just trying to make contact, put it in play and see what the defense can do.”
Goodwin got the glory and was mobbed by his teammates, but Rasso’s aggressive baserunning changed the entire complexion of the final inning.
The sophomore second baseman reached on a walk to lead off the inning, and a sacrifice bunt from Sacred Heart senior shortstop Gino Franco sent him to second base. The Wildcats intentionally walked senior Chris Miguel, then Rasso did something brash.
On the first pitch to Sacred Heart senior Mike Wallace, Rasso broke for third and stole the base.
“I got a good jump and it was not called,” Rasso said. “I just went with it. I didn’t even think about it.”
The steal forced the Wildcats to intentionally walk Wallace to load the bases and set up Goodwin’s game-winning hit.
“It’s just Brett and that’s the type of kid he is,” Sacred Heart coach Brian Morgan said. “He’s a sophomore on the varsity team and has no fear of anything. When he took off I thought, ‘He better be safe,’ and when he was, it changed the whole inning.”
Sacred Heart stormed the field after the walk-off victory, but through six innings, it appeared Cal-bound St. Ignatius senior starting pitcher Collin Monsour would shut out the Irish for the second consecutive game.
Less than two weeks ago, Monsour threw a complete-game shutout in a 3-0 St. Ignatius win. He held the Irish scoreless and to just three hits in six innings of work on Tuesday.
The Wildcats held a relatively comfortable 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh, but St. Ignatius reliever Ian Anderson walked the bases loaded without recording an out. Franco reached on an error to score the first Sacred Heart run and Miguel hit a two-run single to tie the game up, with Rasso scoring the equalizing run sliding just past the tag from St. Ignatius catcher Charlie Goldensohn.
“Our bullpen should be able to come out and get that done and we didn’t do the job today,” said St. Ignatius head coach Matt Stecher. “We have complete confidence in our guys coming out of the bullpen. Normally they get the job done and I still have confidence in them.”