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De La Salle does it again; Pilots are district champs PHOTO GALLERY

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DLS beats Fraser, Cousino

De La Salle won one the hard way and one the easy way Friday at Fraser to capture its second straight Division 1 district championship.

The easy one was an 11-1 win over Cousino in six innings in the title game.

The hard one was an 8-7 win over the host Ramblers that saw the Pilots come back from a pair of three-run deficits to win it in the bottom of the eighth.

"We definitely faced some adversity in that first one that's for sure," DLS coach Matt Cook said. "Fraser easily could have won that game and we know that. They played a great game, but we've been in that situation before. Not twice like that but our guys did a great job of battling back."

Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Hunter Broski, Garrett Garbarino and Mike Karam strung together three straight singles with one out to load the bases. Bryce Bush (hit, two RBI) walked to force in a run. After another out was recorded, Jake Badalamenti and Ben Hyndman drew back-to-back walks to tie the game.

Then down 7-4 in the eighth, Broski and Garbarino each walked and Karam singled to load them up. Bush grounded into a fielders' choice to score a run, but an overthrow to first put runners at second and third with two outs. Mac Graybill singled to plate Karam and Busch. Badalamtni followed with an infield single and after a walk Chris Roehl (two hits, two RBI) singled with two strikes on him to end the game.

"We just wanted to keep having good at bats and not worry about the scoreboard and hopefully good things would happen for us and they did," Cook said.

Easton Sikorski faced one batter to get the win.

"I think when their pitcher, Tristan Ellis, got hit by a line drive by Karam it kind of knocked him off his game a little bit," Cook said. "He was cruising. He did a great job and battled all day. He deserved to win that game."

Against Cousino, DLS scored nine times in the bottom of the sixth to end the game.

Sikorski went all six innings, allowing one earned run, striking out four and scattering six hits. Brett Sandora drove in three runs on two hits, while Broski was 1-for-2 with two RBI. Hyndman was 3-for-4 with a RBI and Bush hit a solo homer.

Cousino's Mike Rice was 3-for-3 with a RBI.

Last Updated: 6/2/2017 8:55:44 PM EST