It had been a great pitchers’ duel that simply needed an ending.
Donny Bendo provided that ending.
Bendo smacked a low line drive on the first pitch he saw and it went for a single, scoring fellow senior Anthony Reynoldsfor the game’s lone run, as the Archbishop Riordan varsity baseball team claimed a 1-0 walk-off victory over Lowell in non-league action at Archbishop Riordan on Friday.
The Crusaders have now won four games in a row and six of their last seven, improving their overall record to 8-11-1.
“The boys are definitely on a hot streak right now,” Archbishop Riordan head coach Brandon Ramsey said. “They’ve just been playing some good baseball.”
Michael Altman pitched the best game of his high school career, tossing a four-hit shutout for his third win of the season.
“(Altman) wants the ball and he really competes,” Ramsey said of his junior right-hander.
Lowell’s ace Alex Bradshaw matched Altman with six shutout innings of his own, before the Cardinals went to their bullpen in the seventh inning and the Crusaders finally broke through.
Reynolds led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a single and Francisco Moraga sacrificed Reynolds to second base. A Kieran Engemann ground out moved Reynolds to third base ahead of Bendo’s game-winning hit.
Archbishop Riordan returns to West Catholic Athletic League play this Wednesday when it takes on rival Sacred Heart Cathedral at the University of San Francisco at 3:30 p.m.