PASADENA — Perhaps when St. Francis High No. 9 batter PJ Dezotell — all five feet and seven inches of him — stepped to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and his team down a run, Chaminade and its ace, Mathew Troupe, breathed a sigh of relief.
But six pitches later, Dezotell singled and breathed life into St. Francis' chances.
Two batters later, David Olmedo-Barrera sent a pitch into left-center field and subsequently sent his Golden Knights into a delirium, as St. Francis upended No. 2-ranked Chaminade, 5-4, walking off with a dramatic Mission League upset on Tuesday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Field.
"It doesn't get any better than that," said St. Francis Coach Brian Esquival, whose team improved to 8-5 overall and 3-2 in league with the win over the team ranked second in CIF Southern Section Division II. "Win or lose, that's a great game."