March 16, 2007 — George Knight, Wyatt Heat's supposedly weakest link in their powerful lineup, picked the perfect time to prove his worth. Thursday night, Knight drilled a two-out game-winning single to beat Anchor Dive, 14-13, in the thrilling opening game of the playoffs for both teams.
The 11th-place hitter came to bat in the bottom of the seventh with runners on second and third and two outs. After pulling the first pitch foul, he calmly stroked the game winner up the middle to the delight of teammates and the Wyatt Heat fans in the stands.
Batting first, anchor Dive came up with three runs on a two-run shot by Junior Antoine and an RBI single by Edwin Derweer. Wyatt Heat responded with three runs to tie the game on a two-run shot by Andre Ponce and a solo blast by Steven Rosario.
After a scoreless second, Anchor came up with three more runs on the second two-run shot of the game for Antoine and a Wyatt Heat error to take a 6-3 lead. That lead was short lived, however, as Wyatt Heat answered with five runs on a grand slam by Ponce, his second home run of the game, and a sac fly off the bat of Freddie Carrasquillo, to take an 8-6 lead at the end of three complete innings.
Anchor Dive retook the lead at 13-8 in the top of the fourth, scoring seven runs on a line drive, a grand slam home run off the bat of Carmelo Torres, two solo shots by Derweer and Joe Phillip, and a bases-loaded walk drawn by Danny Rosa. Wyatt Heat came up empty in the bottom of the inning.
Anchor Dive would fail to score for the rest of the game, but Wyatt Heat began their game-winning drive in the bottom of the fifth. They came up with four runs on two-run home runs by Kennedy Feist and Spencer Hendrickson to get to within one at 13-12.
They then tied the game at 13 in the bottom of the sixth on a solo blast by Rosario, his second round tripper of the game. Now the stage was set for Knights late-inning heroics.
David Oetken picked up the win for the Heat, while Mario Simmonds got the loss. Leading the Heats attack at the plate were Rosario (3-for-4 with two home runs and two RBIs), Ponce (2-for-4 with two home runs and six RBIs) and Feist (2-for-4 with a home run and one RBI). Anchor Dive was led by Torres (3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs), Derweer (4-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs) and Phillips (2-for-4 with a home run and one RBI).
Cartel 23, Stealers 18
In game one of the night, the defending champion Seaborne Stealers were dropped into the losers bracket of the playoffs by the Cartel, losing by a score of 23-18. Troy Lee Ling was the winning pitcher, while Samuel Ramos took the loss for the Stealers. The Cartel hit parade was led by Eddie Dunkirk (3-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs), Rocky Belardo (4-for-5 with two home runs and eight RBIs) and Daren Lewis (2-for-3 with two home runs and four RBIs).
For the Stealers, it was Ronald Schjang Jr. (3-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs), Enrique Soto (2-for-3 with two home runs and four RBIs) and Eustace Davis (2-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs).
Speak the Word 26, National Guard 25
Game three of the night was a thriller between Speak the Word Ministries and the National Guard Hummers. The Hummers, trailing by six at 24-18 entering the final inning, fought back to erase that deficit and actually took the lead at 25-24 in the top of the seventh on a three-run home by Dennis Carter.
Their efforts turned out to be for naught, however, as Speak the Word came back to win in the bottom of the frame on a two-run double by Todd Donohoo.
Mark Beharry picked up the win for Speak the Word, while Jerry Vialet took the loss for the Hummers. The Speak the Word attack was led by Donohoo (3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs), Kareem Dennis (3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs) and Carlos Morales (3-for-4 with a home run and one RBI).
For the Hummers it was Carter (3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBIs), Mervin Mills (4-for-5 with two home runs and five RBIs), and Kai Schjang (3-for-4 with one home run and four RBIs).
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