Trailing by five runs late in last night’s Babe Ruth Baseball game, Stoneman-Schopf scored five runs to force extra innings with the undefeated Baylake team.
Lucas Stenzel was called in to pitch the final innings and kept the league’s lone undefeated team in check allowing only a single run in three innings of work.
Baylake did however take a one run lead in the ninth inning. Designated hitter Luke Bieri stepped up to the plate with a chance to play hero for Stoneman-Schopf in the bottom of the ninth. The winning run was on second base, and Bieri found himself with a full count and what seemed like the weight of the world on his shoulders. A walk would extend the game, a hit would likely win it and an out would mean a loss for the home team.
Luke Bieri choked up and lined a single over the head of Baylake’s first baseman for his first hit of the night and his first hit of the season. The crowd and his teammates went crazy and mobbed him at first base. His walk-off hit earned Luke Bieri the game ball and a memory that will last a lifetime.
Not a bad time to come up with his first ever Babe Ruth Baseball hit!