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Sunday, May 19, 2013
WILD AS CAN BE: Three ejections? A clutch hit from a star? A come-from-behind win? A battle between two former Hokies? The first professional pitching victory for a guy drafted three years ago?
Saturday’s game will go in the books as a 3-2 victory for Salem over Frederick, but this one had subplots galore.
TURNING POINT: The drama climaxed in the eighth, with the Sox trailing 2-1. With one out and runners on second and third, Sean Coyle hit a fly ball to shallow center.
Frederick centerfielder Steve Bumbry – well known for his strong arm during his Tech days – uncorked a one-hop throw to the plate. Henry Ramos crossed the dish without a slide, and the ball got away from catcher Zane Chavez.
Ramos insisted that he touched the plate the first time, but he didn’t see a signal from home plate umpire Brian Miller. So he returned to retag, but the throw beat him there.
Miller gave the safe sign. Tie game.
FIREWORKS: Frederick manager Ryan Minor – a 6-foot-8ex-basketball and baseball star at Oklahoma – came out and got in Miller’s face.
“He was just complaining how the umpire didn’t call it right away,” said Sox shortstop Deven Marrero, who got a bird’s-eye view of the argument from the on-deck circle. “He wanted to make sure that he called it right away so everybody would know and they wouldn’t have to throw the ball around. He had a good argument. It was kind of funny to watch.”
Minor was tossed. In the ninth, Keys third baseman Jason Esposito and hitting coach Torre Tyson were ejected, too.
FOR THE WIN: Marrero, who recently returned from a three-week stint on the DL, followed the sac fly by lining a 2-0 pitch into the right field corner to drive home the go-ahead run.
HOKIE MILESTONE: Ex-Tech ace Matt Price, a 2010 draftee, earned his first pro victory with three shutout innings of relief. He struck out five hitters, including Bumbry – his teammate during Tech’s 2009 NCAA tournament season.
“Actually, that was kind of cool,” Price said. “I didn’t know he was on the team and then I heard ‘Steve Bumbry’ and I look up and it’s like, ‘Oh, this guy.’ It was really cool, you know? I remember a few of his tendencies as a hitter, so that was kind of nice.”
ON DECK: Salem RHP Mike Augliera (4-0, 3.12) takes the mound against Frederick LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (4-2, 3.35).
— Aaron McFarling
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