With Foothill's Sean Harris standing at third, Eric Winner hit a sharp grounder at the third baseman. Miller had instructed Harris to sprint home, except on a hit to third or the pitcher. Harris went home anyway, and the third baseman fired a ball to the catcher.
"He was out by 10 feet," Miller said.
Said Harris: "I thought I was going to be tagged out five feet before I got there."
He wasn't tagged.
The catcher, thinking that the ball hit off Winner's bat was a line drive, threw back to third, allowing Harris to score.
"The catcher just missed it," Miller said. "I was already thinking about 9-1-2, their guys coming up to bat when Eric hit it."
Relief pitcher Jack Porras carried Foothill on Wednesday.
He threw 5 2/3 innings before having to leave with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning because of the 95-pitch limit. He allowed just two hits – a run-scoring single to his cousin Ryan Porras in the fifth and a hit to center field to Brennan Brown in the sixth – and struck out seven. He also walked two, Randy Catlett and Thomas Wilson, both of whom came around to score.
Even when Jack Porras ran into trouble, he escaped jams. Burbank was one for nine with a runner on base and didn't produce a hit in five opportunities with a runner in scoring position.
With the potential tying run at third, Foothill's Omar Perez forced Randy Higgins to fly out to left field to end the game.
"Offensively, we hit the ball," Burbank Coach Tony Castiglioni said. "We couldn't find gaps. We couldn't find holes."
Pierce Velazquez led Foothill at the plate, scoring twice. Winner had a pair of hits and reached base four times, including the final time in the sixth inning, which led to a "frustrating" win.
With Crescenta Valley practicing behind him, Miller said, "This win was frustrating. I know we can play better. We have to play better against CV."