Ninth-inning rally propels Poly Wild pitch opens way to 7-6 win over Wright

April 25, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

After nearly nine innings of toe-to-toe baseball yesterday at Poly, it was visiting C. Milton Wright that delivered its own knockout blow.

On his first delivery, Mustangs reliever Geoff Hillyard uncorked a wild pitch that rolled to the backstop, scoring Craig Maki with the XTC winning run in a 7-6 Poly victory.

"It's unfortunate, but it happens," said Mustangs coach Jim Miller of the wild pitch. "They don't like to give it up like that. If you ask them, they'd probably say they'd rather lose it with a hit.

"They're a tough group, though, and they'll be back and ready to go next time."

The play capped off an intense, two-hour battle that saw the Mustangs (5-2) take the lead three different times in the top of an inning only to watch the Engineers regain it in their half.

The Mustangs led as late as the ninth inning.

With two on and two out, C. Milton Wright took a 6-5 lead when a grounder to second baseman Barry Lancaster took a bad hop over his head and into short right field.

But the Engineers (7-3) answered right back.

Leroy Glowacki drew a walk, then with two outs Craig Maki reached on a mishandled grounder by shortstop Tom Walsh that would have ended the game.

Instead, the inning continued, and William Smith singled to center, scoring Glowacki to tie the game at 6. Then, after Brian Fortman drew a walk to load the bases, reliever Shawn Crouch was taken out in favor of Hillyard.

Led by leadoff hitter Joe Zarzycki, who reached base three times, including a home run, and Charles Harris (2-for-4, one RBI), C. Milton Wright scored a single run in the third and two each in the sixth and seventh to force extra innings.

The Engineers kept pace through regulation with two runs in the third and three in the sixth. Lancaster led the way with a two-run homer in the sixth, William Smith went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Charles Wilhelm had a single, double and one RBI.

Over the last three games, all Poly wins, Wilhelm has put up good numbers, going 11-for-15 with three home runs, three doubles, three triples and 12 RBI.

He said tiring pitchers were to blame for the teams' late scoring -- 10 runs after the sixth.

Poly starter Steven Worrel, a last-minute replacement who hadn't pitched more than three innings in any game this year, threw 5 2/3 innings before being pulled, then came back to pitch in the seventh.

"I was a little tired," said Worrel, who added that he wasn't surprised by his team's three comebacks. "We've done this before. We're a comeback team."

Said Poly coach Charlie Sullivan: "This was two pretty good teams that were just fighting with each other. It was just a good win for us and a fun game to watch."

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