FARMINGTON — D-BAT Gallegos was staring elimination in the face before putting together an unlikely rally.
The South Plains Regional champs put up eight runs in the top of the seventh inning to escape with an 11-6 win against Danville on Thursday at Ricketts Park, moving the team into the final round of the Connie Mack World Series.
The Dallas team entered the seventh trailing 6-3 before sending 12 batters to the plate during the inning.
"We've done this before. I just told my guys to go out and have fun and give me their best at-bat of the summer," D-BAT manager Roberto Gallegos said. "They plugged away, and we got it to the next guy and the next guy and the next guy. Before you know it, there are eight runs on the board."
Tony Santillan had an RBI single to score Matt Mikusek, who started the inning off with a walk, to cut the Hoots lead to 6-4.
A batter later, Brandon Venter hit a fly ball to left field that went off outfielder Steve Nice's glove, allowing Trent Clark to score from third and trim the lead to 6-5.
D-BAT regained the lead two hitters later when Cody Farhat hammered a single to left field, scoring Santillan and Venter.
"It took a lot of great at-bats throughout the inning to get to that situation," said Farhat, who has committed to Texas Tech. "Early in the game, I'd been getting jammed on the inside pitch, so I had a feeling they'd come back to it. I shortened up my swing and tried to barrel it up."
Gallegos' team went on to add four more runs on its way to the comeback victory.
"Right before we went into that inning, (Gallegos) promised us we could do it," Farhat said. "When someone tells you something like that, it makes you believe it."
Danville manager Don Johns said his team was in the spot it wanted to be in, but just couldn't make the key plays to seal the win.
"You don't like the way it ended. You're never happy with that. There's no way we should have lost that game," Johns said. "We just didn't get it done. They exposed the weakness of our youth, basically."
D-BAT wasted no time getting on the board to start the game.
Gallegos' team scored in the top of the first inning when Venter drove in Josh Watson with an RBI single.
D-BAT ran themselves out of the inning when Santillan tried to score from second base on a double play ball to the shortstop but was thrown out at home.
The Texas team tacked on another run in the second inning with a sacrifice fly from Clark that scored Braden Williams.
Danville got a run back in the bottom of the third inning. Brad Pluschkell led off the inning with a double and then scored on a 2-out single from Chris Williams.
The California team tied up the game up in the fourth. After loading the bases with one out, Pluschkell hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Tim Susnara.
D-BAT regained the lead in the top of the fifth inning. Santillan hit a flare to shallow right field that was hauled in by Pluschkell, but Clark came in to score on the sacrifice fly to give Gallegos a 3-2 lead.
Danville took its first lead of the game with a four-run outburst in the bottom of the inning off the RBI double for Matt Winaker and the home run by Ryan Anderson.
Santillan picked up the win on the mound after throwing 2 1/3 innings of relief.
"That was the biggest key of the game," Gallegos said. "He came in and slammed the door."
The D-BAT reliever moved to the mound from third base, topping out at 94 MPH on the radar gun.
"I just wanted to throw strikes," Santillan said, who is one of four Texas Tech commits on the roster for Gallegos. "With pitching, it's just about keeping the team in the ball game."
Noah Bremer took the loss in relief of Danville's starter, Susnara. Bremer allowed six runs in an inning of relief.
D-BAT Gallegos will advance to face the Midland Redskins at 5:15 p.m. today.