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SHALLOTTE—Brunswick Community College used a daredevil play to beat Hudson Valley in the second game of a doubleheader Monday night.
The Dolphins fell 1-0 in the first game.
The bats for both teams started working in the nightcap, and the score was tied 3-3 heading into the Dolphins’ half of the seventh.
Jeremy King reached on a throwing error and got to second on a wild pitch. Then with two outs, Denver Nixon drilled a base hit up the middle that couldn’t score King because it was hit too hard.
So the Dolphins had runners on first and third, and Chris Eason had two balls and two strikes on him when BCC gambled.
“We ran the balk play where the runner on first tried to get the pitcher to balk, and he did,” said BCC coach Robbie Allen. “That scored the winning run.
“In 20 years of coaching, that’s the first time I ever won a game like that. We’ve run the play before in the middle of a game, but I’ve never walked off the field with a win like that.
“You’re either going to be the goat or the hero when you try that play. Denver Nixon became the hero, and Jeremy King scored the winning run.”
Jordan Davis, who went 2-for-3 at the plate, also got the win on the mound after coming in during the fifth inning. Goss Kendall and Jeremy King each went 2-for-4, while Charlie Gore, Denver Nixon and Zack Douglas each had a single.
The starting pitcher was Derek Cozzolino.
Hudson Valley won the first game 1-0 in a pitcher's duel.
The Vikings scored the game’s only run in the sixth when a blooper gave Max Kiado a RBI, driving in a batter who had walked.
It was one of Hudson Valley’s three hits, while the Dolphins had two hits--singles by Cozzolino and Eason.
Winning pitcher James Joy had only three strikeouts, but his wicked curveball was working in the late innings.
“Down in the bullpen, his adrenaline was pumping, and he was worried about his command of off-speed pitches,” said Hudson Valley coach Dave Hennessey. “I told him to relax. Late in the game, he was breaking those curve balls pretty good. We also came up big with bunt defense when they had the guy at third.”
Brunswick Community College left runners on first and third in the fifth inning.
The game was error-free.
“We played pretty solid in the first game—we just didn’t swing the bats,” Allen said. “We just weren’t ready.”
The visitors are from Troy, N.Y., near Albany. They’re playing Southern teams on their spring break.
“We haven’t seen a blade of grass since October,” said Hennessey, marveling at the beautifully manicured field at West Brunswick High that is also home to Dolphins’ games.
Kyle Harmon pitched five innings. Southpaw Kye Thompson came in in the sixth and recorded three-up three-down both innings. Harmon had six strikeouts, and Thompson had two.
BCC has a 9-16 record.
HV 000 010 0—1 3 0
BCC 000 000 0—0 2 0
HV 102 000 0—3 7 1
BCC 100 002 1—4 9 0