Score: Dean College 11, University of Valley Forge 10
Records: Dean College (3-5-1), Valley Forge University (1-10)
Location: Cal Ripken Complex, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Date: Friday, March 9, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM
Dean College wrapped up their stay in Myrtle Beach with a thrilling, 11-10 come-from-behind win over the University of Valley Forge on Friday morning at Griffith Field.
The Bulldogs rallied to score six runs in the bottom of the ninth to stun the Patriots, who themselves had erased an early Dean lead in what looked like their second win of the season.
Dean College 11, University of Valley Forge 10
Dean took an early lead, pushing three runs across in the first on an RBI single from Matt Callahan (Attleboro, Mass.), a sacrifice fly from Evan Menzinger (Centereach, N.Y.) and an RBI double from Rory Cockerline (Dracut, Mass.).
The Bulldogs saw that lead disappear when the Patriots got a single run in second, three runs in the third and two more in the fourth to take a 6-3 advantage.
Dean closed the gap with two runs in the fourth on a Callahan groundout and an error.
Valley Forge extended their lead when they got three runs in the sixth and then what looked to be an insurance run in the eighth.
Dean began its rally with one out in the ninth when Will Kulcher (Crown Point, Ind.) walked and then stole second. Dakari Cox (Needham, Mass.) then registered a single and a stolen base to put runners on second and third with one out.
Kulcher scored on a passed ball and then Cox scampered home on a Ben Chajet (Hillsboro Beach, Fla.) single to right, making the score, 10-7.
After Vincent Buonaiuto (Danbury, Conn.) entered as a pinch runner for Chajet, Brian Hadden (Newburyport, Mass.) reached on an error and then a double steal happened, with Buonaiuto swiping home and Hadden taking second.
After a strikeout and a walk to Bryce Reilly (Dover, N.H.), Landon Fish (New Port Richey, Fla.) delivered an RBI single to right and promptly stole second before racing home with the tying run on a high chopper to short by Travis Dinsdale (Worcester, Mass.).
Now with the winning run on third and Dinsdale in scoring position as well with two outs, Callahan hit a ball to the middle that was slow enough that he was able to beat out and Fish raced home with the game-winning run.
Callahan had three hits and three RBI for the Bulldogs, while Reilly went 1-for-2 with a run scored and three walks.
The Bulldogs will return to New England and will be in action on Wednesday when they have their home opener against Anna Maria beginning at 3:00 PM.