Michael Persichetti how sweet is that!
Published in The News-Herald
April 17, 2021
Every kid dreams about being the one to win the game for his team in a major-league park.
Jake Vasil of Kenston was able to do just that April 16 against nonconference opponent Avon Lake. His sac fly to center field would bring Ryan Gilbert home and give the Bombers the 5-4 win in their 2021 Hardball Classic game at Progressive Field.
Both teams now sit at 6-3 on the season.
After trailing for the entirety of the game, the Bombers were able to tie the game at 4 with a pair of RBI in the sixth inning.
After making short work in the top of the seventh, it was the Bombers’ turn to bat. After Ryan Gilbert and Michael Persichetti were walked, a single by Ryan Miller loaded the bases. A popup got one out for the Shoremen, but then Vasil stepped up to the plate.
With the pressure on him, the only thing going through Vasil’s head when he stepped to the plate was to get the ball in play. It didn’t matter what part of the field, just give Kenston a chance to bring a runner home.
“Just put the ball in play,” Vasil said. “We needed to get that run in to win the game. I took a solid hack at it, and we were able to get the win”
While the Bombers were able to walk away with the win, it took them a while to get to the style of baseball they are used to. Coach Bob Ford believes it might have taken his players a little time to adjust to playing on the big stage.
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