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PRINCETON — The non-conference rival game Friday between Hall and Princeton was one of different sorts as trick plays were used and ace pitchers were not used.
It didn’t matter, the uniqueness of the Tigers’ 3-2 victory to sweep Hall in the teams’ two meetings on the season was worth the money spent on water and popcorn at the concession stand.
“These guys have worked hard. Obviously, Hall is a good team, a well-coached team. They played well, hit well and pitched well,” Princeton coach Tim Taylor said. “They had two errors on the night. It’s not like they gave it to us — we had to earn it.
“I think with our fielding we stepped up to the plate and did what we did. Minus a couple trick plays, for the night, it was pretty solid baseball all the way through. Hats off to Hall on a good game, and I’m happy for my boys to get two games from Hall.”
Both teams used a different tool than a fastball.
The first trick play came from the Red Devils with the score tied at 2 in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Princeton’s first batter of the fifth, Matt Hayes, made it to first base when Hall reliever Dan Nolasco walked him.
During Tiger designated hitter Dylan Schaefer’s at-bat, Nolasco faked a pitch to home plate but instead threw the ball to first baseman Matt Boucher, who then threw it to Brett Fanning at shortstop, to run down the cheating Hayes, who was caught in the middle of both bases.
“We put it in the other day with practice, just trying to get something new,” Red Devils coach Tom Keegan said. “We put it in and told the kids half-jokingly ‘If it ever works I’ll take you to Prime Quarter.’ Here we are, Princeton of al places, and it works. It was the first thing they jumped on when we got into our huddle. It’s good to see stuff like that work because when you’re on the other end, it’s no fun.”
Taylor says it wasn’t his idea or an assistant coach’s, and he didn’t hear anything in the dugout from his team, but PHS scored revenge on the trickery.
A half-inning later, PHS’ starting pitcher Isaiah Taylor walked across the mound, acted like he was going to throw a pitch and hurled the ball at shortstop Nick Rolando to catch Halls’ Miguel Villarreal, who was cheating in the base path towards third base.
Keegan immediately walked from his perch on the third-base line to the umpire at second bse to get confirmation Taylor was off of the mound.
“Some of the things both teams did was unreal,” Keegan said. “A guy on third, snap-pick throw for us kills the inning and the hidden ball trick. The real kicker was following it up with the base hit that probably would have scored him. Same old story: our pitchers pitched their tails off, gave up three runs. Unfortunately, right now, we’re just not stringing it together offensively to help our guys out.”
Isaiah Taylor was ruled off the mound after a two-minute debate. The result: the Tigers earned their revenge.
Once the acts of Houdini were over, both teams got back to baseball and the 2-2 stalemate, which stemmed from a two-run first from Hall and a two-run second from Princeton.
PHS catcher Logan Wilde was the first Tiger batter and the first base runner in the bottom of the sixth inning when Nolasco walked him. This would come back to haunt the Red Devils as the Tigers went through seven batters — earning three hits — and brought Wilde around for the go-ahead run.
Hall came up to the plate in the top of the seventh looking for at least one more, but PHS closer Rolando did what he always does for his team as he came through in the clutch to seal the win.
Brandon LaChance can be reached at 220-6939, or at Sports@NewsTrib.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_LaChance.
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