Tim Caraher, sporting an .063 batting average, hit a two-run, seventh-inning home run that helped St. Francis High defeat Harvard-Westlake, 4-3, in a San Fernando League baseball game Friday at Franklin Field.
St. Francis (9-9, 8-0 in league play), which moved a half-game ahead of El Segundo (7-0), sent 10 batters to the plate in a four-run seventh after being held without a hit for 6 1/3 innings by Greg Peters (5-4).
John Workman broke up the no-hitter and started the rally with a one-out single, a grounder to right field. Adrian Lelea doubled to drive in Workman, and Caraher hit a towering home run to left field on the next pitch to tie the score, 3-3.
"It felt pretty good coming off the bat," Caraher said.
The rally was not over. Corby Foster walked, advanced to second on a two-out, pinch-single by Dan Bir and scored on a double by Brew McGoldrick to make it 4-3.
Caraher, a three-year varsity reserve, was bumped into the lineup after catcher Mike Jaramillo was placed on probation by the school Thursday for disciplinary reasons.
Workman (5-1) gave up six hits, struck out nine, walked one and pitched his first complete game. "The adrenaline kept me going," Workman said. "Those are games you want to be in, positions you want to be in. And after the rally, I wanted to get out there and finish it off."
Harvard-Westlake (11-9, 3-4) scored in the first, fourth and sixth. Max Sank scored twice and had three of the Wolverines' six stolen bases against Caraher. Rian O'Meara had a run-scoring single in the first and a single, stolen base and run in the fourth.
St. Francis will play El Segundo twice next week to decide the league title.