Niagara Gazette — For alert execution, there was West catcher Ryan in the sixth as Grand Island ran a bunt-and-run, the runner from first turning the corner and heading toward unoccupied territory at third, vacated by the defensive rotation.
Ryan sped down the line, umpire on his heels, took a return throw from first and tagged the runner sliding in. The plate ump was impressed, to say the least: “I saw him go and figured, I better follow him.”
GI Coach Dean Santorio would call it “maybe not the best I’ve ever in involved in, but certainly one of the best.”
Thrills of a different sort invested Starpoint that day, where Alex O’Connell tripled home the game-winner in the eighth, 11-10 over Hamburg after trailing by four.
Said Coach Tim Racey: “It was one of those games you just want to keep the scorebook and look back on it forever.”
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