Mitchell Rallies Late to Down Coast Guard

Jeremy Lhotka
Jeremy Lhotka

NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Mitchell scored seven runs all with two outs in the eighth as the Mariners rallied to run its win streak to 18 and beat Coast Guard 14-5 in the final game of the season for host Coast Guard.

Mitchell improves to 32-6 on the season while the Bears finish 16-19.

The Bears behind the outstanding pitching of PJ Gravalec, who allowed just one unearned run on three hits while walking one and fanning five, led 3-1 with two outs in the eighth before the Mitchell rally.

The bases were loaded with the two outs their were consecutive ground balls to third base and both times the runner from second was called safe at third, the second one tying the game.

Sam Majewski was then said to have hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to give Mitchell at 4-3 lead. John-John Jose and Justin Johnson would then add back-to-back two-run singles as the Mariners took an 8-3 lead.

Mitchell would blow the game open with six more runs in the ninth for a 14-3 lead. The inning featured three bases loaded walks and an RBI single by Johnson.

Coast Guard got two runs in the ninth on a two-run double by Jeremy Lhotka, to cap his sensational senior season. He had three hits on the day to finish the year with a .415 batting average becoming the first Coast Guard player since 2006 to finish with an average of .400 or better. Chuck Arena hit .429 in 2006.

Lhotka finished the year with 36 RBI's the second most in a single season. Ryan Eldredge holds the record with 38 set in 2002. His 48 hits this year are the third most in a single-season and his 13 doubles are the second in a season in program history.

Mitchell took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by Steve Cochrane.

The Bears would tie the game in the third on and an RBI ground out by Will Stephens scoring Trey Rittenhouse, who led off the inning with a single and moved to third on a double by Luke Thompson.

Coast Guard took the lead with two runs in the fourth on an RBI single by Reed Jenkins scoring Jake Behne, who singled and Jenkins would later score on a wild pitch for a 3-1 lead.

Johnson led the Mariners three hits and three RBI's while Cochrane added a pair of hits.

Jose (1-0) got the win in relief for Mitchell as he worked two innings and allowed just one hit.

Walter Harris (2-1) took the loss for Coast Guard.

Lhotka and Behne had three hits each in the final games of their career while Jenkins added a pair of hits in his final game.

Stephens finishes his outstanding career with 139 hits which is ninth all-time at the Academy, 29 doubles (tied for 8th all-time) and 88 runs scored (9th all-time).

Thompson, who also had a great career for the Bears, leaves with 121 hits (15th all-time), 98 runs scored (4th all-time), 37 stolen bases (11th all-time). This season Thompson scored 38 runs, the second most in Academy history, just one off the record of 39 set by Tyler Babkiewich in 2011.

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