This one's for Lynn Schrowe.?Ida Baker's C.J. Schrowe doubled and scored the winning run in the ninth inning Wednesday night as the Bulldogs edged Mariner 4-3 in a non-district baseball game at Baker.
Lynn Schrowe, 12, recently lost a battle with cancer. A banner near the baseball and softball fields honors her as the Bulldogs' "angel in the outfield."?With family on hand, C.J. Schrowe made the big play to lift Baker to just its second win (2-9) of the season.
"We had purple out here tonight, and that was for C.J. Schrowe's little sister who passed away a few weeks ago from a long battle," Bulldogs coach Bob VanDeventer said. "For him to it still gives me goose bumps for him to get that double and then to score the winning run, I couldn't have asked for a better ending."
Schrowe opened the bottom of the ninth with a double over the head of Mariner left fielder Michael Laborde. Gabe Villaverde came on to pinch-hit. His bunt was fielded by pitcher Hunter Chappell, who threw wildly to third trying to get Schrowe, allowing the deciding run to score.
In the top of the ninth, relief pitcher Jordan Pinto was able to wiggle out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam to keep the scored knotted at 3-3.
"His mannerisms, his facial expressions never changed," VanDeventer said of Pinto. "It didn't fluster him. He just kept dealing it and we made the plays behind him. He's been doing that all year for us."
For the Tritons (10-2) it was a night of frustration. They had the potential winning run on third base with one out in the seventh, but couldn't get Luis Ferrer home.
Mariner coach Tom Woodley said the Tritons didn't take Baker lightly despite the Bulldogs' season-long struggles.
"We never thought that," Woodley said. "They executed when they had to and we didn't. We had our chances, the bases loaded a couple of times, and just didn't get the big hit. Kudos to them for doing it when they had to.
"It's not a district game, but it's a cross-town rival. We've got to bounce back and turn it around against Cape (Coral) on Friday," Woodley said.
Earlier in the game Schrowe, who twice got on base when he was hit by a pitch, had been unable to advance a potential game-winning run in the sixth inning when he popped up to the pitcher. Tritons first baseman Ferrer kept the game tied on the next batter, Joe Samuelson, when he made a diving catch and fell onto first for an unassisted double play.?"I told (Schrowe) this would have been a different speech if he hadn't gotten it done," VanDeventer said. "He's just a great kid. What his family has to deal with nobody would ever want to deal with. For him to have that, with his grandparents crying in the stands it just gives you goose bumps, man. It gives you goose bumps."
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WP - Pinto. LP - Chappell.
2B - Moore, Pinto, Schrowe.