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SEMINOLE — Usually, there is no tying in baseball.
But Indian Rocks Christian and Berkeley Prep had to settle for one Tuesday afternoon due to two late-inning rallies and darkness. With no lights at IRC’s field and the sun already set, umpires and coaches agreed to stop the game and make it an official 9-9 tie.
“A tie feels like a loss,” Berkeley Prep coach Justin Houston said.
After four innings, Houston probably would have taken a tie. The Golden Eagles jumped all over starter Anderson Baldy and scored five first-inning runs — all on two outs, highlighted by RBIs from Ryan Tona and Cody Tibbitts.
Berkeley Prep got one back in the second, but IRC piled on two more in the third and another in the fourth to make it 8-1.
Then the Bucs (5-2-1) started chipping away.
Dan DeBellis and Todd Rancke each singled off Mitch Palm. Then with two outs, Destin Nichols drove in a run, and Seth Lerner had a two-out single to score another. Designated hitter Dante Bosnic hit a ground rule double to score two more and make it 8-5.
In the sixth, the Bucs scored four more to take the lead. The biggest blow came from clean-up hitter Kenny Barrett, who roped a two-strike, two-out single to right center, scoring Nichols. Lerner followed with a single to right that scored pinch runner Andrew Stein.
In Barrett’s previous at-bat, IRC walked him to load the bases.
“We put him on once before, but before that he grounded out a couple of times so it wasn’t like he was on fire,” Golden Eagles coach Adam Moravick said. “I’ve got confidence in my kids to get a guy out in that situation. Maybe next time we do.”
IRC (4-2-1) didn’t roll over in the seventh. Jake Voiter walked to lead off the inning. Brody Ryan followed with an RBI double. The Golden Eagles had Ryan on third with one out, but couldn’t drive him in. Austin Corrao grounded to relief pitcher Bosnic for the third out and the game was called.
“I was just trying to settle myself down and get a hit to keep the game going,” Ryan said. “I was able to get my pitch and drive it.”