By P. Erik Meyer
As the Broncos walked off the field at 10:15 p.m. following their three and a half hour long victory over Hamilton on April 9, few players looked tired.
The Broncos had just completed an 11-inning comeback against a quality opponent.
“I thought the difference was we stayed in the game each pitch instead of giving in and giving away at bats,” said head coach Mr. Tom Succow when being asked about the turnaround. “I thought all the players played every pitch of the game and that was very important.”
Hamilton struck first in the first inning, going up 1-0.
Then in the fifth inning the Huskies struck again scoring five runs to take a 6-0 lead.
The Broncos picked up the pace scoring two runs in the sixth and four in the seventh to send the game into extra innings.
The game continued scoreless until the 10th inning when Hamilton scored two runs in the top of the inning.
The Broncos responded with two runs of their own thanks to Dave Graybill’s ’12 two run homerun.
In the top of the 11th, sophomore pitcher Ryan Castellani ’14 stepped in and shut down Hamilton, allowing one hit and no runs.
The Broncos came up to bat in the 11th and quickly loaded the bases with help from a single by Charlie Coppola ’13 and a double by Ryan Grotjohn ’13.
With the bases loaded, Graybill came up to bat again and hit a line drive to left field to bring home the winning run.
“Graybill responded with the two run homerun and got the game winning base hit in the 11th inning,” Mr. Succowsaid. “I think both teams missed opportunities but both teams kept grinding it out and I thought it was a great game.”
The Broncos struck out seven times in the first five innings but only struck out twice in the remaining six innings.
Graybill went 3-7 with three RBI, one home run and the game winning RBI.