Panthers fall 6-2 to Goddard in 5A semifinal
Fabian Magallanes gives up six hits and six walks in Piedra Vista's season-ending defeat
- Piedra Vista lost to the No. 1 team in the state, despite recording more base hits in the game.
- PV coach says umpiring factored into loss but acknowledged "we just didn't get it done."
- The Panthers will graduate six seniors, including two starting infielders and three top pitchers.
ALBUQUERQUE — The Piedra Vista baseball team didn't do enough today to knock off the top-ranked team in Class 5A.
The fourth-ranked Panthers stranded seven base runners and got a shaky start from senior Fabian Magallanes, who walked six and constantly fell behind hitters. The result was a 6-2 win for No. 1 Goddard at Santa Ana Star Field in Albuquerque and the end of Piedra Vista's 2016 campaign.
PV coach Mike McGaha said the game's umpiring also factored into the loss.
"I thought the home-plate umpire was absolutely awful, all day, for both teams," McGaha said. "I thought that had something to do with it. I also thought Fabian was a little bit amped up to go out there and start the game."
Magallanes gave up two hits and three walks in the bottom of the first inning as the Rockets (27-3) sped out to a 3-0 lead. PV (20-10) was in prime position to put together a rally of its own in the top of the third after a Kyle DeWees lead-off triple and a Brandon Gardenhire single. But a failed double-steal attempt resulted in DeWees getting called out at home plate, which let the air out of the inning.
"Kyle just didn't have a good enough secondary lead, so he gets thrown out on a perfect throw from the second baseman," McGaha said.
The next inning, Tyler Mead and Deylan Pigford each picked up RBIs to cut Goddard's lead in half. Magallanes then pitched a relatively clean fourth inning and start of the fifth before running into trouble near the bottom of Goddard's order.
An error and back-to-back walks — all with two outs — walked in a fifth-inning run, which was Goddard's fifth of the game. McGaha said the final walk of the frame to Goddard's Andrew Shanor was more because of missed strike calls than anything his starting pitcher did.
"Honestly, he did his job. I thought he struck the kid out on 2-2 and 3-2, but we didn't get the calls," McGaha said.
Colton Foster relieved Magallanes and allowed an unearned run in the sixth as the Panthers fell into a four-run hole that they wouldn't dig out of.
McGaha said that despite what he believed to be shoddy umpiring, his team didn't do enough to come away with a win.
"I think we gave up three runs that we didn't deserve to give up, but we still lose by one run, so I can't blame the loss on anybody other than us," McGaha said. "I think (the home-plate umpire) is a good man, and he's going to umpire good games again, but you know what, we don't kick a ground ball at second base and another at third, then we don't give up two more runs. So maybe bad baseball creates bad umpiring, I don't know."
Still, McGaha conceded, "we didn't get the job done today."
"We fought tooth and nail to get things even again, and we just didn't get it done," he said. "I have nothing but pride for what our players did, though."
PV's eight base hits in the ballgame were one more than Goddard's seven.
Mead got on base three times for the Panthers, recording a walk and a pair of doubles.
DeWees went 2 for 4 with a triple and a single. The senior is among six PV players who will graduate this spring. Starting third baseman Logan Klunder is a part of that group, along with the three pitchers PV used on Thursday and today, Foster, Magallanes and Orlan Warren. Also graduating will be Jeremy Griffith.
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