Caravel’s Aaron Holiday smacked a grounder into a drawn-in infield to bring home the winning run in a 6-5, 9-inning victory in a DIAA Baseball Quarterfinal Wednesday evening.
The Buccaneers never led in the game, but were able to force extra-innings when Joey Silan connected on a two-out fastball in the 7th, just placing it beyond the glove of St. Georges’ left-fielder to bring home Brad Kaden with the tying run.
After a scoreless 8th, Kevin Keister led off Caravel’s half of the 9th with a double that one-hopped the wall in deep center, and after two walks and a strikeout, St. Georges had no choice but to bring the infield in, and Holiday scorched a grounder off the shortstop’s chest, easily allowing Keister to score the winning run.
Caravel’s win didn’t seem likely early, as St. Georges’ first three batters reached base, the last of which was Aiden Riley, who crushed a drive to right well past the wall for a 3-0 lead before Caravel even touched a bat.
The Bucs would get one back when Holiday connected off of Riley, pulling a shot over the left-field fence to pull a run back at 3-1.
Caravel’s David Preziuso was able to tie the game when he hit a grounder to third that was thrown away, allowing Ethan DeRegis and Jakob Hoffman to score the tying runs.
The teams traded runs in the 5th, with St. Georges’ Troy Atkins getting an RBI single, only to be counter by Joey Silan’s sacrifice fly in the bottom half of the frame.
St. Georges reclaimed the lead in the 6th on a throwing error, but with two outs in the 7th, Silan was able to keep Caravel alive, and for the third stright year the Bucs had a 1-run win in the quarterfinal round of the state tournament.
The offense supported Caravel reliever Joey Silan, who might have been being saved for later action in the tournament, but with his team down a run in the 7th, he entered the game and surrendered just one hit in his 3 innings of work, as he helped keep his team alive to play St. Mark’s in the semifinals on Friday at Frawley Stadium.
Riley had the 3-run homer, double, and a walk for St. Georges.