RYAN TO THE RESCUE-DOGS RALLY PAST KNIGHTS 2-1-STOP DWI CLASSIC-GAME 3
Player Of The Game Ryan Hogan winds and delivers at DeLutis.
Photos-kevin Montano-MHTS-MHTS Photo Album
“Ryan To The Rescue” or “Hogan A Hero”… Westmoreland Bulldog baseball fans can take their pick of headlines to use to describe what happened on the baseball diamond at DeLutis Field in Rome Saturday morning during Westmo’s thrilling 2-1 win over Holland Patent.
Game three of the Oneida County Stop DWI High School Baseball Classic pitted Westmoreland (5-3) from the CSC 3 against the Holland Patent Golden Knights (4-5).
The baseball brunch match up did not disappoint as this one went down to the last inning, last pitch and last out.
Speaking of pitches or pitchers, Westmoreland starter Kyle Doolen barely got to work up a sweat as he was forced to leave the hill in the top of the second inning with an injury.
As Doolen repeatedly shook his right arm looking for answers and relief, first year head coach Paul Englehart headed to the mound to assess the injury to Doolen and decide what to do.
The decision is one coach Engelhart I’m sure, is happy he made. As Doolen was attended to, number 26 Ryan Hogan trotted over from third base and gladly accepted the challenge to take over on the mound.
Coming in to a game to pitch in tournament play with a big crowd looking on can be considered a daunting task. A task Ryan would more then be up to.
Coach Scott Parson’s nattily attired Golden Knights, love the uniforms, had first ups and first chance to see what starter Kyle Doolen had in his repertoire during his short stay on the hill.
Second basemen Kinsey Williams took one for the team as he was plunked by Doolen but was soon erased as he tried to steal second. Nothing doing as Anthony Poile threw down and erased the runner.
Jordan Brown grounded out and Nico Ramos did the same as the Knights were retired without doing any damage.
Holland Patent starter, Jared Fisher, had his groove on early and was ready to rock from the first pitch.
That’s when the Westmoreland offense would go on the offensive and score the only runs they would need to prevail in this defensive struggle.
Four straight base hits, half of the eight they would bang out during the game, did the trick as Westmoreland’s hitters started to hone in on Jared Fisher’s offerings.
The rally started when as fate and Karma would have it, Kyle Doolen who proved to be a gamer by staying in the game after being injured on the mound, would start the game winning rally.
Doolen accomplished that task by leading off with a single that was quickly followed up ny a sharp single to right by #44 Tyler Taverne.
Ryan Hogan, now the Westmo pitcher, dug in deep and followed Taverne’s single with a long blast to left field that ended up with Hogan on second and Taverne on third.
The four hit inning continued as third basemen Andrew Zimmerman drove home Doolen as Westmoreland grabbed a 1-0 lead.
Hogan continued his mound mastery in the fifth facing three Knights and setting them down in order.
Nico Ramos, a big right hander, came on in relief of starter Jared Fisher in the bottom of the fifth and acquitted himself nicely by keeping the Bulldogs off the board for the final three innings.
Neither offense could do much the rest of the way until the Knights were down to their last three outs in the top of the seventh.
It got hairy and scary for Westmoreland as Holland Patent refused to go quietly. The late inning surge started with one out as Brandon Marsh grounded out to start the seventh.
Ryan Hogan started to run out of gas as he walked Zach Thomann and Jordan Dziekan and just like that the Knights were in business.
Hal Reigi popped out to short and the Golden Knights were down to their last three strikes.
As we said before, Ryan Hogan began to tire and as luck would have it a passed ball would lead to the Knights first run of the game as pinch runner Anthony Ramos scampered to the dish with an important run as the score was now 2-1 Dogs.
With runners on second and third with two men out, coach Paul Englehart headed to the mound to pull Hogan and bring in Brandon Murphy who responded to the challenge by getting the last out to end the game and place this one in the win column.
Ryan Hogan was named the Fitness Mill Player of the Game for his efforts on the mound. He got the win, allowing just two hits at the plate, and deservedly so.
Westmoreland 2 Holland patent 1
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Holland Patent 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 1
Westmoreland 0 0 0 2 0 0 X 2 8 3