Jerry Huson, Christian High School's baseball coach, told his team not to quit trying, even though it trailed Lincoln, 8-3, with two out and nobody on in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday at Christian High in El Cajon.
"I was saying, 'Don't give up,' but I didn't really believe in it," Huson said.
Now, he's a believer. Christian (6-2, 12-5) scored six runs to beat Lincoln, 9-8, and hang on to a share of first place in the City Central League.
David Jeremiah capped the comeback when he scored from third base on a wild pitch. The rally had started eight batters earlier when John Okken drew a walk.
Singles by Mike Ippolito and Chris Waymire loaded the bases, and Matt Broullete followed with a two-run single to make it 8-5. Craig Johnson was hit by a pitch to load the bases again, and Jeremiah followed with a grounder to short that Kevin Mitchell couldn't handle, scoring Waymire.
David Beezer made it 8-7 with an RBI single, and Jimmy Loucks was hit by a pitch to force in the tying run.
In other City Central League games:
San Diego 5, Hoover 4--Edgar Peralta keyed a three-run first inning with a two-run double to help host San Diego (6-2-1, 14-5-1) remain tied for first place with Christian. Jose Alejo pitched two innings of relief to pick up the win. Hoover is 3-6 and 5-14.
St. Augustine 4, Crawford 1--Jim Bitler and Leon Olias had RBIs during a three-run rally in the fourth, and the Saints (4-5, 6-12) went on to the victory at home. Crawford is 2-4-2 and 4-14-3.
CITY EASTERN LEAGUE
Morse 9, Patrick Henry 6--Mike Smith's single scored two runs and Robert Welchel's double drove in two more during a four-run third-inning rally that carried Morse (4-5, 10-10) past first-place Patrick Henry (6-3, 11-5-1) at Morse.
Point Loma 8, Mira Mesa 7--J. J. Northam singled with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh to score Isreal Stanley and give Point Loma (5-4, 11-6) the victory. Stanley, who singled with one out in the seventh, was the winning pitcher. Patrick Cheek hit a pair of two-run home runs for Mira Mesa (4-5, 10-9).
Briefly--Madison 4, Serra 3.
CITY WESTERN LEAGUE
Clairemont 4, Kearny 3--Mike Brunelle's two-out triple drove in two runs in the top of the seventh to rally Clairemont (7-2, 10-8-1). Kearny is 1-8 and 3-12-2.
Mission Bay 11, University City 3--Mission Bay scored four runs in the fourth and five in the fifth to erase a 3-1 deficit at Mission Bay. Scott Vonderleith (6-2) was the winner.
Briefly--USDHS 12, La Jolla 7.