Courtesy of Mike Ellis from the Jamestown News:
PTC Tournament Final R H E
Southwest Guilford 3 5 3 East Forsyth 4 9 2
WP: Caleb Edwards – 8 IP, 3 runs, 2 earned runs, 5 hits, 7 K’s
LP: Sean Geoghegan
Southwest Guilford and East Forsyth met for the PTC Tournament title at
Ragsdale on Monday night and it took 8 innings and a terrible call from an
umpire to decide the contest.
It was a classic game that went back and forth. Southwest struck first on a
Matt Orth first inning home run over the 350′ sign in right centerfield.
East came back to tie the game in the third. Dylan Kirkman led off with a
single and a couple of errors got him all the way around the bases to tie it
up at one. The Cowboys got the lead back in the top of the fourth. Matt
Dale got a two out double down the third base line. It looked like East
Forsyth starter Caleb Edwards was out of the inning as Sean Geoghegan lifted
a deep fly ball to left field, but the left fielder dropped the ball
allowing Edwards to score with the go ahead run. The lead lasted until the
bottom of the fifth when Southwest starter Matt Dale ran in to some two out
trouble. A single with one out and then back to back walks with two down
loaded the bases. Dylan Ward then delivered an RBI single with a line shot
up the middle to drive in the tying run and chase Dale. Geoghegan came on
and got out of the bases loaded jam with one pitch as Jacob Watts hit a
wicked line drive right at the third baseman.
The game stayed tied into the eighth. In the top of the inning, the Cowboys
took the lead as Tyler Kellam doubled to lead off the inning, went to third
on a sacrifice bunt and stayed at third on a Kyle Miller infield single.
Matt Orth was intentionally walked to load the bases and Andrew Madden came
through with a sacrifice fly to medium center that scored Kellam to make the
score 3 – 2.
Dylan Ward led off the bottom of the inning with a base hit, his third of
the night and was sacrificed to second. Southwest shortstop, Nishanti
Polisetti made a great stop on a ball in the third base hole off the bat of
Harrison Hollis to keep Ward at third. It was at that point that the umpire
intervened in the outcome of the game. With runners at first and third and
one out, Dylan Kirkman hit a soft ground ball right down the third base
line. The Southwest third baseman fielded the ball and the runner on third
ran right into him for the apparent out. The problem was the umpire did not
appear to be watching the play and never made a call. When he finally
realized it was his call, he said safe. The home plate umpire came out and
consulted with the umpire who made the call, but the call stood. The runner
had started to head to the dugout realizing he was out, but the coach told
him to get back on the base. Coach Reid Holmes argued the call to no avail
and East had the bases loaded with one out instead of runners on first and
second and two outs. Southwest did get a force out at the plate when the
next batter hit it back to the pitcher, but with two outs a hard ground ball
to second led to a wild throw to first and two runs scored to end the game,
4 – 3 in East Forsyth’s favor.
It was a tough way to end a well played game. Both teams played well and
there were several outstanding defensive plays. The call took away from the
ending, but East Forsyth is a deserving tournament champion as they wrapped
up their third defeat of the Cowboys.
*****Also congratulations from here, to East Forsyth on their win and all they can do is play the game, even if a key call in the game, was up in the air….Tournament Title and now on to the playoffs for both sides….*****