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Ben Balducci’s fairy tale ending walk off


Eli Schwartzman

SW boys baseball celebrates a walk off win in the first round of the state tournament against Stamford Tuesday evening.

Tuesday Night, the SWHS Baseball team took on the Stamford Black Knights for the first round of states, and the game ended in a dramatic fashion. 

Sophomore Robert Wunsch took the mound for the Bobcats. Wunsch started off the game sitting down all 3 batters he faced in the first inning. 

The Bobcats offense would strike first in the bottom half of the third, after Brayden Edwards would come around and score from a RBI double off the bat of senior Peyton West. But, the Black Knights would not leave that run unanswered, as they also crossed home plate on a balk during the top of the 4th.

The Bobcats would immediately take that run back in the bottom half of the fourth when Sam Balducci would lead off the inning with a single, who would shortly  score after a Justin Dittmar triple. 

The game remained 2-1 until the top of the 7th, when the Black Knights would take a 3-2 lead.  After walking the first batter, Wunsch managed to get the next two batters out, but the Knights weren’t done yet. With runners in scoring position, the Knights managed to score those two runs on an e9. The Bobcats would quickly follow up with ending the two out rally as catcher Jaden Glatt would gun out the runner on second, with the tag from Sam Balducci.

Heading into the bottom half of the 7th, game on the line, the Bobcats had to manage rallying back to tie, or win the game. After the Knights pitcher managed to get a ground out, the Bobcats were down to their last two outs, with the top of the line coming up. Peyton West would reach base after being hit by a pitch, and the next batter, Andrew Goulet would also reach base after being hit by a pitch. Senior Ben Balducci would come up to the plate with runners on first and second, with one out. On the first pitch Balducci saw, he would drill it over the left fielders head, as West and Goulet would speed around the bases to score, as Ben Balducci would successfully hit a fairy tale ending walk off double. 

The Bobcats managed to score 4 runs on 6 hits. Robert Wunsch went all 7 innings, giving up 3 runs, only giving up one earned run, on 4 hits, walking 2, and striking out 10. 

Along with his clutch walk off hit, a notable defensive play from Balducci would come in the later innings when he would lay out to make a spectacular diving catch. 

Another notable defensive play came from catcher Jaden Glatt as he would track down a foul ball and make the catch for a huge out. 

The Bobcats take on Hamden Wednesday, May 31st, at their home field for the second round of states. First pitch is scheduled for 4pm, on the mound for the Bobcats will be freshman Brayden Edwards, as the Bobcats look to continue their run.