Skyline senior first baseman Nick Hamby hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Falcons a 7-6 win in their home opener against Standley Lake Saturday afternoon. Skyline improved to 2-0 with the win.
"I thought it was a very well executed game on our end," said Skyline head coach Travis Schlagel. "Standley Lake is going to be a good team this year. I thought we had great at-bats, and we showed a lot of fight today."
The game was tied 6-6 heading into the bottom of the seventh. Junior pitcher Nate McGregor lined an RBI triple into the right center gap to lead off the inning. Standley Lake then walked the next two batters intentionally to load the bases and senior outfielder Roman Marcotte struck out, bringing up Hamby. He grounded one up the middle and past the diving Gators shortstop to give the Falcons the win.
"I knew that the bases were loaded and they were playing me in and trying to get a ground ball, so I was looking for something that I could lift. Then I got two strikes on me, so I looked for anything in the strike zone. I sat back and drove it up the middle and it scored the run," said Hamby.
In a back and forth game, Skyline jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Marcotte singled to center and the ball bounced over the Gators center fielder's head, allowing Marcotte to get to third. Marcotte then scored on a wild pitch.
Standley Lake then tied the game in the top of the third, and took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth.
Skyline came roaring back with five runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 6-3 lead. Marcotte reached on a throwing error by Standley Lake shortstop Garret Martin to lead off the inning, then scored on a double from Hamby. Junior shortstop Juan Chaparro then reached on an infield single, and junior outfielder Skylar Baltierras hit a two-run single to right, scoring Hamby and Chaparro. Sophomore catcher Braeden Elwood then tripled over the leftfielder's head, scoring Baltierras, and McGregor capped the scoring with an RBI groundout.
Standley Lake fought back in the top of the fifth, as Martin led off the inning with a solo home run to left. An error on Elwood and an RBI single tied the game at 6-6, setting up Hamby's heroics.
Moving forward, both Schlagel and Hamby think their pitching needs to improve.
"We have to throw more strikes. We're still a little wild and we're walking too many guys. With some more experience and games under our belt I think that'll fall into place," said Schlagel.
"As long as we can keep moving forward with stronger pitching, I think we'll be all right," added Hamby.
Next up, the Falcons will host Erie on Thursday at 4 p.m.
Skyline 7, Standley Lake 6
Standley Lake001 230 0 — 6 6 1
Skyline100 500 1 — 7 9 3
W — Skyline Drewes.
Skyline hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Canar 2-0-0-0, Marcotte 4-2-2-0, Hamby 4-1-2-2, Chaparro 3-0-1-0, Drewes 3-1-0-0, Baltierras 3-1-2-2, Elwood 3-1-1-1, McGregor 3-1-1-1, Piggott 2-0-0-0. 2B — Hamby. 3B — Elwood, McGregor. SB — Drewes.
Skyline pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — McGregor 4-4-3-2-3-4, Drewes 3-2-3-3-3-4.
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