Niagara Gazette


May 6, 2013

BASE PATHS: An instant high school classic


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.”

Copy that.

Doug Smith offers his thoughts on baseball every Monday with Base Paths. Email Doug at

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