CARY — With the bases loaded and two outs at the bottom of the ninth, Green Hopes Troy Maslowski secured a walk on a full count that propelled the Falcons past Holly Springs in the third round of the state baseball playoffs.
Troys a real good competitor who keeps his composure and hes not going to get ruffled in tough situations, so I knew that he would battle, Green Hope coach Michael Miragliuolo said.
Green Hope (22-5) faced tough pitching from Hawks Andy Wantz and relief pitcher Andrew Elwell throughout the game. Strong defense from both teams kept the score tied 2-2 at the end of the seventh, forcing extra innings.
Holly Springs (21-6) took the early lead in the first inning, after singles from Ryan Byrd, Mike Sconzo and a RBI by Trey Cobb.
In the bottom of the fifth, Luca Scelsi had an RBI sacrifice fly, scoring Keaton Derks.
Falcons senior pitcher Daniel Weygandt held the Hawks to just one run for six innings.
In the top of the seventh, Holly Springs tied it 2-2.
In the bottom of the ninth, Taylor Waters and Eric Gibert both earned walks, and Thomas Yoder hit a single to load the bases to bring Maslowski to bat.
It was very nerve-wrecking. When I stepped in, it was do-or-die, said Maslowski.
We will use this game as a great momentum builder because Fuquay is the number one team in the conference, and we are looking to surpass them and move on to (the East regional final).