Stillwater pitcher Drew Gilbert (1) tagged out Mounds View short stop Joey Lawson (6) as he attempted to slide into home in the fourth inning. Photo: Alex Kormann, Star Tribune
Tie game, bottom of the seventh inning, potential game-winning run standing on second base. Staring at that hand, Stillwater coach Mike Parker played the perfect card.
Parker called on junior Benjamin Borrman to pinch hit and the junior delivered, lacing a one-out single up the middle to score Mason Schwerzler from second, lifting Stillwater to a 3-2 victory over Mounds View.
Borrman, a catcher by position, missed a month of the season with a concussion after getting kicked in the head. He’d had all of one at-bat, in the Section 4 playoffs, before Thursday’s big moment at CHS Field.
“He’s been putting in time and time and time, after practice, before practice,” Parker said. “The coaching staff felt like the first time we need a pinch hitter in a big spot, we’re going with Ben. Guys who work hard like that usually come up big.”
Stillwater created a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to squeak past Mounds View 3-2 in the Class 4A quarterfinals.
With the game tied 2-2 Thursday at CHS Field, Mason Schwerzler walked to lead off the inning and was sacrificed to second. Pinch-hitter Benjamin Borrman followed with a single off Mounds View pitcher Josh Bonde, scoring Schwerzler and giving the No. 2-seeded Ponies the victory.
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