It will go down as one of the oddest games ever played, not because of the outcome but how we got to the outcome. What was an exciting pitchers duel for seven innings turned upside down in the eighth innings and the game went from exciting to bizarre. The lone extra frame produced a coach ejection, a suicide squeeze, a steal of home, and a hit by pitch turned strike three. Oh, and a Washington Blue Jays victory.
The craziness began when Matt McGilvary tried to hold up on a 1-1 pitch in the 8th inning with the bases loaded. The home plate umpire checked with the base umpire, who said the batter held his swing. So instead of a 1-2 count, McGilvary now was in the driver's seat at 2-1. Two pitches later he walked and the go ahead run was forced in.
The next batter was Sam Katzung. He laid down a perfect suicide squeeze and the second Blue Jay run came home.
To make the inning weirder, Brain Trigg swiped home for the Jay's third and final run.
It seemingly could not get any more strange, I said seemingly. With Timberland down to their last strike, it appeared the batter was hit by the pitch and he headed to first. The home plate umpire immediately ruled that the batter leaned in to the pitch on purpose and instead of getting a base, the umpire ruled it was strike three and the game was over.
Washington won the game 3-0 and will face Francis Howell for the district title on Wednesday at Timblerand High School.