Saturday was a beautiful day and a great day to be at a baseball game. An even better day to be at Canal Park in Akron watching the Hoover High Vikings take on the Crestwood Red Devils.
That night was about every player having a chance to take the field and compete with their teammates on a minor league field, every player had a chance to make a contribution and every player delivered!
The play of the game came in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs and the tying runner on base. Ben Thomas, a junior, hit a deep triple to left center, almost 400 feet, to bring in that tying run. As Crestwood made a pitching change to try to hold the tie and take the game into extra innings, Ben stood on third base as his teammates and friends congratulated him and even brought him out a water.
Crestwood intentionally walked the two Austins (Feinberg and Appleby) to force an out but instead forced a walked and won the game for the Vikings. As Ben Thomas crossed the plate, the Vikings rushed the field to dog pile on their clutch player. That is what baseball is all about.
Saturday night they were a team, playing as a team and winning as a team. Final score Hoover 5, Crestwood 4.