Walkoff this way: Berkeley in driver’s seat

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dan Brown/Independent The Berkeley Stags show the fans some love after moving one win closer to repeating as Region 8-AAA champs with a 2-1 walkoff win over James Island.

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“Find a way.”

The motto is written any and everywhere on anything and everything blue and gold.

It is the Berkeley Stags’ baseball motto.

Find a way to win.

On Thursday, April 10 against visiting James Island, Chase Ganey’s high hopper fielder’s choice drove in Connor Teague with the winning run as Berkeley scored twice in their last at bat to put the Region 8-AAA title in a hammerlock with a 2-1 win over the visiting Trojans.

“This is Berkeley baseball,” coach Landy Cox said. “Funny how the game changes when the pressure is on you. You rise up and make the plays or you start throwing the ball around.”

The Trojans started throwing the ball around, and the Stags made the plays.

The Stags’ Joe Glauser and James Island’s Daniel Wilcutt were locked in a classic pitcher’s duel until the Trojans plated a run off an infield single in the top of the seventh to take a 1-0 lead.

After Kyle Garrick led off the Stags’ final at-bat with an infield single, the chess match began.

Josh Simmons sacrificed Garrick to second.

With Kyle Morrison pinch running, Teague hit a bad-hop infield single that moved Morrison to third.

Dylan Baker followed with a safety squeeze that scored Morrison and tied the game.

A Wilcutt wild pitch moved Teague to third and Baker to second.

After Wilcutt intentionally walked Jeffrey Stone to set up a force at any base, Ganey delivered the high hoppper over the mound.

The throw was high to the plate as Teague scored standing up.

“All we were trying to do was safety squeeze with Baker and they started throwing the ball around,” Cox said. “It’s all about executing and this team finds a way to get the bunt down or put the ball in play.”

With the win, Berkeley moves to 4-1 in Region 8-AAA with region games against Stall, Orangeburg-Wilkinson and Hilton Head remaining.

“The big game is Hilton Head and we need to win against them to repeat as region champs,” Cox said. “We’ll see their lefthander. It’s going to be a war just like tonight’s game.”

Stone picked up the win in relief. Glauser threw six-plus innings, giving up one run on just four singles.

The Stags managed just three infield singles off Wilcutt, with Garrick’s two hits leading the offense.

“We find a way,” Cox said. “That’s how you win ball games.”

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