Friday, April 18, 2014
Bases loaded, one out, bottom of the 10th inning is “Double Deuce” time.
That’s Connor Teague time.
With the score tied 2-2 and Teague’s number 22 on his back, the Stags’ shortstop lofted a nine-iron shot to shallow right field that scored Kyle Garrick from third and gave BHS a 3-2 extra-inning win over Great Bridge, V.A. in this year’s HIT tournament on Thursday, April 16.
The Stags were behind 2-1 and down to their last at-bat when a two-out rally tied the score and sent the bracket semi-final game into extra innings.
Chase Ganey’s infield single scored Kyle Morrison with the Stags’ tying run.
Garrick led off the ninth with a walk and advanced to second on Josh Simmons’ bunt single.
Ganey was denied a chance to be the hero for a second time in the game when he was intentionally walked to load the bases and set up a force out at the plate.
With a 1-1 count Teague lofted a fly ball to shallow right field that fell between the second baseman and right fielder to plate Garrick with the winning run.
“The thing about these guys is that they refuse to lose,” said Coach Landy Cox.
Jeffrey Stone picked up the win in relief, throwing a scoreless ninth inning.
Starter Zach Gonzales worked eight solid innings in his longest and best outing of the season, scattering four hits, giving up two runs while walking two and striking out five.
The win put Berkeley into the bracket finals against Hartsville.
“This is the H.I.T. tournament,” Cox said. “Games like these help us prepare for playoff pressure and competition.”