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Fisher’s Walk Off Homer Gives Margaretta Win


          Margaretta’s James Fisher hammered a two run walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Polar Bears a (7-5) win over Galion in the division three district semi-final at Shelby High School on Thursday.

          Fisher had been called in to pitch in the seventh inning and failed to hold the lead allowing Galion to tie the game (5-5) and force extra innings.

          Polar Bears coach Gregg Hedden says he was especially happy for Fisher.  “I felt good for 17.  He blows the save, balks, loses composure.  He is batting .500, he is a heck of a baseball player.  He puts pressure on himself and he is a 17 year-old kid and then he comes back to do that, so I really felt good for him that he could recover from that,” he said.

          Galion took a (1-0) lead in the first on a sacrifice fly by Will Donahue.  He added an RBI double in the top of the third to make it (3-0), but the Bears came right back to tie in their half on Fisher’s two-run double that kicked up chalk on the leftfield line to trim their deficit to one (3-2) after three.  Margaretta went in front (4-3) in the fifth with two runs keyed by RBI infield single by starting pitcher Jacob Luna.  It was (5-3) in the bottom of the sixth when Noah Esposito singled and scored on wild pitch. 

          Fisher was summoned after Devin Baugh reached on a walk and Chase Castline was hit by pitch.  He got Ryan Taubert to fly out, but then balked in Baugh in and Castline scored the tying run on a wild pitch. 

“Baseball is a funny sport and sometimes it is not your day.  A couple of those hits fall in by inches.  They had a couple of infield hits.  It was their day.  We hit the ball hard I thought.  We left a couple of runs out there that we wished we would have plated, so we didn’t have to go into extras.  If you leave a team in long enough and they find a way to score, especially that home team.  I am proud of our effort all year, you could never question that.  (Thursday) was just Margaretta’s day,” said Galion coach Phil Jackson.

Hedden really feels his team has battled adversity this year, but they have found some confidence.  “You still have to talk about the team.  I have a shortstop that got hurt in the sectional final and he has to come in and play and he is not ready.  We battled, we overcame, we threw somebody out at the plate, they threw somebody out at the plate.  It was a heck of a high school baseball game,” said Hedden.

Last season, Galion beat Maragretta (3-2) in nine innings in the sectional.  “That makes me fell pretty good too.  We only go extra innings.  They do a nice job, their coaching does a nice job and their kids play well.  They don’t make mistakes.  We probably made more mistakes, but maybe at the end we made a couple more plays.  The district level that is what is comes down to,” he said.

Margaretta’s Simon Kromer was thrown out at the play in the fourth inning and Donahue was cut down at home trying to score in the top of the eighth.

Margaretta (10-11) plays Clear Fork (15-11) in the district final on Saturday afternoon at Shelby.  The Colts beat Edison (10-1) in the nightcap.

Hedden says their schedule has been the difference for them in the post season.  “We play a really difficult schedule.  We didn’t get any non-conference games in.  We played no division four teams, we played four division three teams, everybody else is division two.  Clyde, Perkins, Vermilion.  We are losing games 4-3, 5-4.  We took Vermilion to a 2-2 tie in nine innings and we beat Clyde two nights later and then we found ourselves.  They found a rhythm.  They are a little annoying, but as long as they are not talking to the umpires or coaches on the other team they create some energy.  As long as they follow the rules,” said Hedden speaking on the Bears vocal dugout.


Published 5/19/17

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