Galileo takes title in thriller 

Behind a walkoff single from junior shortstop Erik Wilson, Galileo clinched its first San Francisco Section-Academic Athletic Association championship in 32 years with a 5-4 win over Washington on Thursday at AT&T Park.

Wilson came up with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the seventh inning and lined a single to left field, over a drawn in Washington infield to plate the winning run.

“I just wanted a base hit or [to] put the ball in play. That’s what I was thinking,” Wilson said. “The feeling is indescribable. It’s a once in a lifetime feeling.”

Wilson went 3-for-4 and had two RBIs.

“I just told Erik to calm down and meet the ball, all you have to do is make contact,” Galileo coach Don Papa said. “It was now or never. If we didn’t get it there, it would have been tough.”

Galileo got a solid performance from senior pitcher Dylan Nelson, who also went 3-for-4, with two doubles and a triple. On the mound, Nelson struck out 11 and allowed only two earned runs, while throwing 130 pitches to collect the complete-game win.

“My arm’s is going to be sore for a whole week now,” Nelson said. “I wasn’t coming out of this game. I was going to throw 300 pitches if I needed to.”

The baseball championship win caps an impressive senior year for Nelson, to go along with a AAA football championship that he helped win as the Lions’ quarterback.

“I don’t know how we won this. To win a championship like this, my second one this year, it’s amazing,” Nelson said.

For Washington, which was looking to repeat its championship performance from 2009, the defeat on the last play was unquestionably disappointing.

“To be honest, I’m not happy about the loss,” Washington coach Rob Fung said. “But we put ourselves in that predicament.”

Washington stranded six runners in scoring position and Nelson retired the final nine Eagles batters in order.

“We did not put the ball in play with two strikes,” Fung said. “I thought we could have done a better job and when we had opportunities to score, we didn’t. That particular play may have ended the game, but it didn’t cost us the game. We cost ourselves the game earlier in the ballgame.”

With the win, Galileo advances to the Transbay championship against Oakland Athletic League champion Oakland Tech. The teams will meet in the first game of the best-of-three series on Wednesday at San Francisco State University.

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