Pitching was the key to the Oakland Tech Bulldogs’ Transbay Tournament victory over the Galileo High School Lions of San Francisco, two games to one. Tech represented Oakland well after winning the OAL title with a 14-1 league record.
Galileo won the opener at SF State by a score of 5-4, in a game in which Tech took a two-run lead in the sixth, only to see Galileo come back to win. With the series moving to Oakland for games two and three, the Bulldogs went into the Coliseum and rode the pitching of Matte Cornell to an 8-0 victory. Cornell pitched his second complete game of the series and Oakland Tech was never seriously challenged, after a six-run rally in the second.
The Transbay moved to Rickey Henderson Field for the rubber game, and both teams scored in the first. Galileo loaded the bases with no outs, but scored only one run, as senior Kel McMiller struck out two and got the third to bounce into an unassisted force out at home. Tech came back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first on RBI singles by McMiller and Cornell (who else?) after a walk and stolen base by senior Azeem Ahmad.