"The ability to score crucial runs late in a ballgame proved to be a huge factor this season for the Taylor Allderdice High School baseball team.
"We saw that we were most productive during those late innings," Dragons coach Jon Parker said. "Looking back, I was surprised that we were able to continue that pattern."
Parker first noticed his team's ability to rebound during Allderdice's second game of the season against Hickory (N.C.) when it produced a seventh-inning rally and a 14-9 victory. The Dragons scored 28 runs in their first two games.
Those late-inning surges by the Dragons continued to be commonplace this season, but none were bigger than when they plated three runs in the top of the seventh to outlast Brashear on May 24 to capture the program's fifth consecutive City League championship."