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Lightning strikes twice as Goldey eliminates Wilmington

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Goldey-Beacom baseball Darin Miller hts a ball during a game. Photo courtesy of GBC Athletics / Derek Crudele

They say Lightning never strikes in the same place twice, well it did for the Goldey-Beacom. The Goldey-Beacom Lighting beat the Wilmington Wildcats twice in walkoff fashion to eliminate them from the CACC baseball tournament. Goldey hosted the Wildcats in the first round of the tournament in a three game series. The Lightning only needed two games to eliminate the Wildcats. 


In game one the Wildcats jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning that chased Goldey-Beacom starting pitcher Justin Jump. In relief Kevin Dillon and Gage Bendix were able to slow down the Wildcats bats. 


Goldey was able to get those runs back as Gary Mussey homered in the second for a solo homerun, then in the fourth Mitch Jolikko tied things up with a three run home run of his own with the score now 4-4


Goldey added two more runs in the fifth on a Kyle Walker single to take a 6-4 lead. Wilmington answered in the sixth on a Tyler Pirrung Single, and eventually tied the game up in the top of the ninth on a Matt Warrington sacrifice fly. 


Going into the bottom of the ninth inning in a tied game 6-6 it only took one batter for Goldey-Beacom to take the win. Darin Miller stepped to the plate to lead off the inning for the lightning. He saw a first-pitch strike, then crushed the next pitch over the right field fence for a walk-off homerun to take game one. 


In game two the Wildcats again jumped out to an early lead. Jack McDonald singled in Brandon Grygo in the top of the first inning to take the 1-0 lead. They added a second run in the fifth inning when Kory Pritchard singled in Grygo for his second run of the game. 


Goldey finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth scoring two unearned runs. Walker Doubled then scored on a bases loaded walk. Anthony Charles singled then scored on a fielder’s choice to tie the game at 2-2. Both teams added runs in the seventh inning to tie the game up 7-7. 


In the bottom of the ninth inning the Goldey Beacom again walked it off. Mussey drew a one out walk to reach first base safely. He advanced to second on a pass ball moving him to second base. Walker, just like Miller in the first game, took a pitch and drove it to right field. Kyle’s hit one hopped the fence, but Musey was able to score from second to walk it off again for the second time.

Goldey-Beacom advances to the second round of the CACC tournament to play Post starting on Thursday May 9th at 2pm in Waterbury, CT. For those who can’t make it to Waterbury CT you can watch it live if you go to gbcathletics.com.

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