BHS Walks Off With 6-5 Victory
BROADWAY – After sliding safely into third base, Dalton Morris got to his knees and screamed into Broadway High School’s dugout a few feet away as his teammates celebrated.
The senior catcher had swung the game’s momentum again with a swing of the bat.
Morris went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the second inning and a game-tying triple in the seventh a couple batters before sophomore first baseman Kyle Evick’s walk-off single sealed Broadway’s 6-5 win over Spotswood on Tuesday night.
“All our guys contributed,” Morris said. “I think everybody played on the bench, whether it’s pinch-running or hit or whatever. But it was a total team effort and a total team win, but Kyle Evick came up with the big hit.”
Evick came to the plate with one out following back-to-back intentional walks and designated hitter Matt Hart reaching on a fielder’s choice, which resulted in a force out at home plate.
Playing in his fourth varsity game, Evick lined a 2-0 pitch from sophomore reliever Keeston Raynes into left-center field to end the game.
“Gotta go up there confident, take quality at-bats, swing at good pitches,” Evick said of his first walk-off hit in a Broadway uniform. “It was a fastball right down the middle, and I had to hit it. … It felt great to come up big for the team.”
“The last four times we’ve played them, we’ve lost, and it’s been nail biters like this,” Evick added. “It feels good to get them back.”
Pinch-runner Joey Martin scored the winning run for the Gobblers (3-1), who were coming off a 6-4 loss at Harrisonburg on Friday.
BHS sophomore right-hander Jake DePoy dodged bullets while pitching into the sixth inning, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Spotswood took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and could have done more damage.
The Trailblazers (1-3) stranded nine baserunners, including six in scoring position in the first four innings.
“I definitely think it was them making one more play than we did tonight,” SHS coach Marcus Davis said. “Every time we play these guys, it’s a battle. If you look back on all the past games, they’re all really close games.”
Initially, it looked like it might be a long night for Broadway.
Senior second baseman Bradley Ritchie uncharacteristically committed four errors in the first two innings, two of which led to runs for Spotswood around an RBI double by Hunter Garrison. Shepard said Ritchie had one error all of last season.
But the Gobblers tied the game with a three-run second inning fueled by two errors and Morris’ lead-off home run.
“That turned the game around right there, that hit,” Evick said of the team’s first home run of the season. “That did it for us.”
Spotswood countered when starting pitcher Josh Lasam tripled, center fielder Logan Phelps doubled and third baseman Cameron Irvine singled to start the third inning, but the Blazers only got one run out of it to lead 4-3.
BHS promptly tied it on Hart’s RBI double in the bottom of the third.
Three scoreless innings ensued before a dramatic seventh. SHS seized momentum when Irvine scored Phelps – who was hit by a pitch and stole second base – with a single. But once again, the Blazers 5-4 lead was short-lived thanks to a clutch hit from Morris.
“You never know your pivotal point of your season until it’s over and you look back,” BHS coach Charlie Shepard said. “This may be that game that, four weeks from now, we look back and say, ‘That’s when it started.’ We refused to lose.”
Spotswood 301 000 1 – 5 7 2
Broadway 031 000 2 – 6 8 5
Lasam, T. Garrison (3), Raynes (7) and G. Lam; DePoy, Mathews (6) and Morris. W—Mathews (1-0). L—T. Garrison (0-1). HR—BHS: Morris.