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Eagles win in thrilling finish

By ADAM LAPIERRE

News staff writer

March 25, 2006

Benson High School ousted the HRV varsity baseball team 15-1 in a home game Tuesday that would last only five innings. The loss was disheartening for the Eagles, who the day before, picked up the team’s first win in a couple years.

The boys played three home games in three days this week, with the final game Wednesday evening against Dallas High School. After falling behind 4-0 by the third inning, the Eagles struggled to fight off a second skunk in as many days.

And fight it off they did.

The boys hung in with three runs in the fourth and a do-or-die run in the seventh to tie the game and force extra innings. Then the game got interesting. Dallas rallied big-time at the top of the eighth. With runners on base and only one out, Dallas nailed two doubles in a row to knock in four RBI’s and thoroughly deflate the Eagles’ hopes of pulling off the come from behind win. The visiting team would knock in another RBI before HRV could end the top of their worst inning of the game.

Down by five in extra innings, Spencer Munoz was lead-off. He grounded out. Thomas Nickel got on base with a double, which was followed by another ground out by Jordan Peldyak.

Down by five in the bottom of the 8th, with two outs and one runner on base, is not an hopeful position to be in. But the Eagles did not give up.

An unexpected series of Dallas errors, HRV hits and hit batters brought Nickel and two others in and put the Eagles’ winning run and one of the team’s fastest runners, Munoz, on first base. Shay Huskey, who had struck out in his previous at bat, nailed a shot down the right field line and Munoz took off around the bases.

He would score the winning run for one of the most dramatic comeback finishes Traner Field has hosted.

“The fact that it happened shows things like that can happen,” said Coach Craig Webster. “It shows you should never quit … It’s games like that that help the team mentally so they can go for the physical part of what we’re doing. We put a lot of pressure on the kids to play hard and execute and to get a game like this helps prove what we’re trying to do … We just really want to run on and off the field hard and compete and I’m happy because we’re only going to get better from here.”

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