With the win over Alemany (17-7, 6-4), Esquival still believes playoffs are an “option” should St. Francis finish above .500 and qualify for a wild card.
With two outs and the bases full of Golden Knights in the bottom of the third, Hubinger went to the opposite field and dropped a 2-2 offering just inside the left-field line.
“I just figured we’re gonna need these runs,” said Hubinger of his thoughts at the plate. “We’ve been working the whole week on taking the ball the other way. We’ve been practicing it and it paid off.”
Hubinger’s three-bagger plated Ryan Pires, Mark Saatzer and TJ Armand.
Pires was one of two St. Francis players hit by pitches, while Saatzer and Armand drew two of the team’s three walks.
Other than that, Alemany starter Cody Thompson was on his game.
He went the distance, striking out three.
Bramschreiber’s complete game came as he allowed two hits and walked four, while striking out two.
“It was definitely a gutsy performance,” said Hubinger, a catcher. “He battled.
“That’s all you can ask for.”
Bramschreiber entered the seventh having thrown 88 pitches and finished the day with 118, dealing out of trouble in the final stanza just as he had done in most of the others. With runners on first and second after an error and walk, Bramschreiber induced a fly out to center to end the game.
“I’m pretty tired,” Bramschreiber said. “I just had to go out there and throw strikes.”
In both the third and fourth innings, Bramschreiber pitched himself out of bases-loaded jams.
The fifth was the only inning he couldn’t escape from unscathed, as he allowed an unearned run in a stanza that saw three errors.
“That was his ballgame,” Esquival said. “He dug deep and he got the job done. It’s gutsy, very gutsy.”