Huang helps Galileo end skid vs. Lowell 

His start on the mound may not have been the one he envisioned, but Galileo senior Danny Huang could certainly be satisfied with his finish at the plate.

Huang hit a dramatic two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the sixth, helping the Lions cap off a three-run rally for a long overdue 6-4 win over Lowell in Academic Athletic Association play at Hennessey Field.

According to Lions coach Don Papa, Galileo’s victory over Lowell was its first against the Cardinals in 10 to 12 years — and it came after the Lions fell behind early 4-1.

With Huang struggling on the mound, the Cardinals plated two runs in each of the first and second innings, highlighted by Elan Lavie’s two-run homer in the first.

Huang regained his composure after the rocky start, pitching 2¹/³ scoreless innings, to keep Lowell at bay while the Lions rallied offensively.

Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the third, Galileo center fielder-pitcher Dylan Nelson smacked a two-run double, scoring Chris Barber and Deante Bernstine to knot the game at four.

With one out in the fifth, Nelson took over pitching duties for Huang and the freshman showed no signs of nervousness, silencing the Cardinals to keep the score tied heading into the bottom of the sixth.

That’s when the Lions went to work. Pinch-hitter Kassin De La Cruz hit a clutch double and Allan Lin beat out an infield single with two outs to set the stage for Huang’s heroics.

On the first pitch he saw from Lowell left-hander Dave Hirsch, Huang rocketed a drive over Cardinals outfielder Carter Rockwell’s head, bringing home De La Cruz and Lin for a 6-4 lead.

"All game the coaches were telling me I was ahead of every pitch," said Huang, who went 1-for-3. "I sat back in the last at-bat and made solid contact with it and was able to get us a big hit. It was a huge win for us because this shows we’re capable of beating any team in this league."

In the top of the seventh, Nelson allowed just one single in keeping the Cardinals off the scoreboard, capping off his 2²/³ scoreless innings.

"Dylan showed a tremendous amount of poise and composure out there for us a freshman," Papa said. "This is a huge win for us and our team morale. We had a rough loss last game at Balboa and we were able to bounce back with this win over Lowell, who has been at the top of this league for a while now."

Galileo 6, Lowell 4

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