Benedictine Avoids Upset In Extra Inning Thriller of VISAA Quarterfinals


Jason Burton
Richmond Area Scouting Coordinator

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In what may end up being the game of the year, Benedictine ousted Norfolk Christian in a fourteen inning thriller with a final score of 11-10.

Norfolk Christian struck for two in the first, but just like the next thirteen innings would tell Benedictine would answer with runs of their own. Bennett Lloyd would drive in Brett Cook and Jay Woolfolk on a double making it 2-2 after one.

Ty Johnson would give NCS the lead again in the third and Aiden Deike would double making it 4-2 Ambassadors in the middle of the third. Benedictine would cash in with bases loaded and two outs in the bottom half. Nick Neighbors hit a bases clearing double to put the Cadets up 5-4 through three.

The scoring would go quiet until the bottom of the sixth when Benedictine would use a Jamari Baylor sac fly and a Cook RBI single to make it 7-4 Cadets.

While everyone thought the Cadets had this one in hand at this point NCS had something else in mind. Norfolk Christian took advantage of doubles from Sebastian Silva and Deike making it 7-6 with the Cadets still leading. Garrett Gartrell would hit a two out triple to tie it up at 7-7. The Ambassadors would take the lead on a passed ball on strike three, as Gartrell would score putting NCS up 8-7.

But Benedictine would not go quietly. Nick Neighbors would once again answer and hit a sacrifice fly to tie it back up, sending us to extras.

For the next three innings no one would score and the game would be suspended until Wednesday due to darkness.

When we picked up on Wednesday in the eleventh Norfolk Christian would score first on a passed ball, as Baraka Florence took advantage of the miscue. In the bottom half Matt Sylvia, the Hanover hero from a week ago, would come through with another clutch two out hit tying this one back up at 9-9.

In the thirteenth inning Carlos Bland made a nice down angle read on a ground ball in the infield from third and would score making it 10-9 NCS. But once again Benedictine would not go quietly. With two outs, potential draft pick Baylor would come through with a two out missile of a homerun out of left center, tying it up once again.

The fourteenth inning would have Brett Allen work out of a jam and leave two runners in scoring position with a groundball to Cook at second. Finally, in fitting dramatic fashion, Bennett Lloyd would hit a walkoff homerun in the bottom of the fourteenth to send Benedictine to the semi's to face Cape Henry.