Senior Jesus Trejo seizes his moment and drives home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th against Wiggins on Saturday, sending his team to the district championship game and keeping his final season as a Dragon alive. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications
HHS is district runner-up
Believe me when I say you have never seen a baseball tournament quite like the one played by District 2 last weekend. When the dust settled, Yuma claimed the title. Not too shocking to see the No. 1 team win, but it was a wild ride to get there.
Districts got off to a rocky start, with games postponed due to the weather. Things finally got started Friday, May 10, with a play-in game between Wray and Akron. Wray dominated 15-0.
Originally there were a few days scheduled between that game and the remainder of the tournament, but as it was, Wray traveled to Akron to compete again the next day. Going up against the No. 1 Yuma team, No. 4 Wray put up quite the fight. The underdogs eked out a 7-6 win in nine innings — or so they thought.
Well after the conclusion of the game, it came to light that one of Wray’s pitchers had exceeded the number of pitches allowed when appearing on the mound two days in a row. As a result, the Eagles forfeited the previous game, and Yuma had a chance to play in the championship game after all.
That’s not all, though. No. 2 Holyoke played No. 3 Wiggins in the other semifinal game, which was just as fraught with drama. With a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning, Wiggins had secured two outs already. Holyoke’s Blake Mosenteen was on third and went to steal home, drawing a balk.
The field umpire called the balk, but the home plate umpire didn’t see that call. With an out called at home, it certainly looked like Wiggins had won the game, and no time was wasted in celebrating.
HHS coach Sam Distefano, with the entire force of his coaching staff at his back, promptly took to the field to argue the call, which was reversed to a balk. As a result of a balk, baserunners get to advance, which meant a run that tied the game.
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