NORTHEAST GLENDALE — With his team clinging to a three-run lead and the top of the lineup due up with one out in the fifth inning, Crescenta Valley Gangi Builders Coach Frank Gangi knew precisely who to bring in to get out of the jam.
From the start, Gangi had faith that reliever Will Lombardo could rescue the Builders.
Lombardo struck out the two batters he faced in the fifth and then preserved the victory in the sixth to help lead the Gangi Builders to a 7-5 win against the Crescenta Valley Rountree Glass on Thursday night at Pacific Park in a Tri-Cities Major Baseball Tournament winner's-bracket contest.
"Will, throughout the season, has been our ace closer," said Gangi, whose team will battle Foothill South Beach or the Tujunga Cardinals in a winner's-bracket contest at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pacific Park. "We saw that the top of the order was up and we know Will is our money player.