|Boecker walk-off HR lifts Big Green|
|Wednesday, April 17, 2013 11:36 AM|
Pirates head coach Terry Dockery brought with him a very young — often playing several freshmen — but an aggressive team both at the plate and on the bases.
In the bottom of the first inning, senior Derek Schimmoeller led off with a walk and subsequently moved to second on a wild pitch by Pirates’ starting pitcher Luke Sullivan. Schimmoeller came home with the first run of the game on a run-producing single by senior Jacob Turnwald.
The Pirates tied the game 1-1 in the second inning on singles by Saige Deleon, Gabe Williams, Cody Etter and a run-producing hit by Sullivan.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the fourth inning when senior Bryan Hohlbein led off the Ottoville inning with a double down the left-field line. He advanced to third after a third strike on sophomore Joel Beining eluded the Pirates’ catcher and scored the Big Green’s second run on a wild pitch.
The Big Green pushed their lead out to 4-1 in the fifth after junior Alex Horstman reached first base safely on an error by the Pirates’ shortstop and advanced to third on Derek Schimmoeller’s single. Turnwald again came through for the Big Green, driving in Horstman with the third run of the game and moving Schimmoeller to third. For the second time in two innings, the Big Green took advantage of another wild pitch, allowing Schimmoeller to score the fourth run for the home team.
The Pirates and their never-die attitude really showed in the final innings as they roared back from a 3-run deficit to tie the game 4-4 in the top of the seventh inning and send the game into extra innings. The Pirates took advantage of some clutch hitting: doubles by Tyler Dockery and Fred Shephard; and two (4 for the game) Big Green errors to give themselves a chance to pull out a come-from-behind win in extra innings.
The Big Green, however, had different ideas on the night as Horstman relieved Schimmoeller on the mound for the eighth inning and struck out the side for his team.
Big Green head coach Tony Castronova was very pleased with Boecker’s game-winner: “He’s a good hitter and that smash was huge for us - I’m really proud of him. Continental is a very scrappy team and they just never gave up tonight. Derek pitched a good game tonight, Alex came in and pitched a strong final inning and we were able to get some big hits when we needed them. On the other hand, we need to start making the routine plays on defense - four throwing errors nearly cost us the game tonight.”
The Big Green (2-3, 1-1 PCL) host Bluffton 5 p.m. today in a non-league game. The Pirates (1-4, 0-3 PCL) will host Kalida for another PCL game 5 p.m. Monday.