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Wild pitch in 9th costs Baker, 3-2

May 4, 2013
By Scott Butherus - Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, McVicker scored the winning run from third after Ida Baker relief pitcher Billy Larrimore uncorked a wild pitch that left the two in a foot race to home.

"When it hit the umpire's mask I hesitated, but once I saw it get away, I just had to focus on beating the pitcher there," McVicker said.

Boogie danced in ahead of the throw, setting off a dogpile at the plate as the Eagles moved on to the Region 6A-4 semifinal with a 3-2 win Friday night. Naples plays host to the winner of Saturday's Gulf Coast-Island Coast game on Tuesday at 7.

The Bulldogs led 2-1 with two out in the seventh inning, but Naples managed to tie the game and force extra innings.

""We were not meant to move on," said Bulldogs coach Bob Vandeventer. "It's just a game. Overall our won-loss record is pretty good, but we fell short of expectations a bit."

The Bulldogs were limited to three hits in the game.

"We've been living on the endge all year," added Vandeventer. "We haven't scored a lot of runs."

The Bulldogs finish 18-5.

"We had to grind through that whole game. We took what they gave us and ended up with the win," Naples coach Jeff Galati said. "It came down to desire. They wanted that game, too. That's why it is nice to have that home-field advantage."

It was McVicker's hustle that contributed to both the tying run in the bottom of the seventh to force extra frames and the winning run.

With his team trailing 2-1 in what looked like his team's final at-bat, McVicker hit a high-bouncing chopper to second, and beat out the throw after going head-first into the bag. He put himself into scoring position after taking second on a botched pickoff play, and came home on an RBI single by Brett Scafidi.

McVicker started off the winning rally in the bottom of the ninth with a double to left.

"They were shifting me over to the right so I knew if I hustled I could probably get a double out of it," he said.

A sacrifice bunt by catcher Justin Martinez moved McVicker over to third before he danced home with the winning run.

The Eagles had to scratch out every bit of offense as they couldn't get anything going against the Bulldogs' ace starter Sean Brady, who according to the radar gun of one of the college scouts in attendance was routinely throwing in the 88-90 mph range. Brady allowed just one hit in his six innings of work - a solo home run by Naples outfielder Garrett Zech after he managed to turn around a letter-high fastball and send it to dead-center field in the bottom of the second. Brady struck out eight.

"Brady was over 100 pitches when I took him out," said Vandeventer. "They scored against Luke (Rolland) and Larrimore."

Naples allowed two runs in six innings, both coming in the second inning on an RBI double by Isaac Struense, who scored on Cody Keller's single.



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