SEMINOLE — Brett Phillips launched a pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning. He glanced at it for a moment, watching the ball go back and back and....
"It thought it was gone," Phillips said.
Instead of clearing the centerfield wall, the ball ricocheted off of it. Phillips settled for a triple. That appeared to be Seminole's best chance to break a 1-1 tie against IMG Pendleton Academy in the final of the Steve Georgiadis Tournament.
"I kind of watched the ball for a little bit before I started running," Phillips said. "I got a triple, but I thought I could have ended the game right there."
Three pitches later, Phillips did.
Capitalizing on a passed ball, Phillips came home for the winning run as the Warhawks rallied for a 2-1 victory.
"I was ready to go home and score," Phillips said. "The first almost was a passed ball. Then came the third pitch and I took off. It was a big win for us. We just have to keep it going."
In the second inning, tournament MVP Scott Withrow's solo home run gave Seminole (14-3) a 1-0 lead. Withrow finished the tournament 6-for-9 with three doubles and the homer.
The lead held until the top of the sixth inning when IMG scored once off of Warhawks starter Joey Krehbiel to tie it.
That set up Phillips. The win was the second time in the past two years Seminole has beaten IMG by a run.
"It's always a dogfight whenever we play IMG," Warhawks coach Greg Olsen said. "They're a talented team and we were able to come through in a tight game. I'm proud of these guys for pulling through and coming together the past two days when we play a lot of games because of the weather."