|3/20/2013 12:07:00 AM|
Emerald remains undefeated
DiBona's RBI single in bottom of 7th key in Vikings' win against Daniel
One swing made a bad night good for Emerald High School baseball player Nick DiBona.
After Daniel rallied from a 5-1 deficit to tie the game at 5 in the top of the seventh, DiBona stepped to the plate with a runner on second in the bottom half.
Although he was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts in his earlier at-bats, DiBona delivered with an RBI single up the middle, giving the Vikings the walk-off 6-5 win and keeping them undefeated at 6-0.
"It feels good," DiBona said. "I feel like with us being towards the top now, we got a target on our backs. But we keep playing like we know how to play."
DiBona did not let his previous at-bats ruin his chance at winning the game. After fouling off a pitch, DiBona watched two balls go by. Daniel pitcher Robert Kosch then threw a fastball, and DiBona hammered it up the middle. Jared Jefferson, who was courtesy-running for catcher Austin Norton, motored home from second base to win the game.
"I still had my confidence," DiBona said. "I've been swinging pretty good this season, and I'd had a bad night so far, but I just got a good pitch to swing at and hit it hard up the middle."
Thanks to DiBona's heroics, the Vikings won a game they nearly gave away. Emerald pounded out five runs on nine hits in the first three innings. Cody Burton drove in a run in the first, Hamp Fallaw plated two more in the second and Matthew Mulkey and Rush Owen each picked up RBI hits in the third.
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