Ten Inning Thriller Propels Walsingham to VISAA DIII Championship

Jerry Shank
Virginia Director

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The Walsingham Trojans score the winning run on a stolen third base attempt in the bottom of the tenth inning to win the VISAA Division III championship 6-5 over the Fuqua Falcons.

Fuqua got the scoring started in the top of the first inning as sophomore second baseman Colton Copley singled to lead off the game. Copley promptly advanced to second on a passed ball, then stole third base to get into scoring position with one out. Senior Clay Osbourn would ground out to second next, scoring Copley from first to make it a quick 1- Fuqua lead.

Walsingham would tie the game up in the bottom of the second as the Trojans starting pitcher, Jason Covaney knocked a single to left field, scoring Cody Christman, who led the inning off with a walk. With first and third and one out, Tanner Schobel hit a ground ball to short. Fuqua, in hope to turn two and end the inning, got the first out but the throw to first went high allowing the runner at third to score. Heading to the top of the third Walsingham took the 2-1 lead.

That was how the game would reamin until the bottom of the fifth inning, when things would take a sharp turn. Walsingham quick loaded the bases after singles from Zach Stanko and Christian Carter, followed by a walk. Christman would then clear the bases with a double down the left field line, and Walsingham extended their lead to 5-1.

The resilient Fuqua team would not go down quietly. In the top of the 6th, the Falcons would immediately get their first two runners on from singles from Christian Adams and Osborn. After a fly out, a walk would load the bases for Drew Osborn. The 2020 third baseman then drove a ball deep over the left fielders head that bounced off the wall. Two runs would score and the throw in would then sail into the third base dugout allowing the third run to score and placing Osborn at third. 2022 OF Tanner Thomas would then single through the right side to tie the game at 5.

The game would remain a standstill and go to extra innings, with both sides threatening, but not able to go ahead. That would change in the bottom of the tenth as Covaney would hit a one-out single that would be followed by Schobel getting hit-by-pitch. With runners at first and second pinch runner Jack Estep, who came in to run for Covaney attempted to steal third base. The throw to the bag was missed by the third baseman and Estep popped up on the bag and sprinted home to score the winning run and take the game.

Covaney paced the Trojan offense, going 2-for-5 with an RBI. Christman led the Trojans with three RBI. Drewosborn, Thomas, and Matt Osborn paced the Fuqua offense with two hits apiece. Drew Osborn had three RBI.